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Central Saint Martins and Epson celebrate creative use of digital printers by undergraduates

Tom Bottomley
20 June 2019

This week saw the VIP open day invite to view the latest collections from students on BA Fashion and BA Textile Design courses at Central Saint Martins, in partnership with Epson.

Part of University of Arts London, Central Saint Martins uses a wide range of top-end Epson equipment – supplied by the Japanese electronics company – including a SurePress-F9300 dye sublimation printer, a SureColor SC-F2100 DTG printer and an Epson Pro scanner. The scanners are used by a range of students in departments as diverse as graphic design and architecture.

The partnership gives students the freedom to experiment with the equipment in the most creative ways. Laura Baker, technical co-ordinator of print at Central Saint Martins, says: “The strong credential of our courses is the emphasis on creativity and experimentation. Our students love the Epson printers and push them to the limits, experimenting with diverse designs and materials.”

Baker is also keen to point out the sustainability element, which has become a key focus for modern day students at Central Saint Martins. She adds: “Dye sublimation and DTG printers are waterless, and the printers’ sustainable credentials fit the college’s eco vision and values. We experiment in alternative recyclable or natural materials and believe in upcycling. We value fashion which has a longer life.”

Heather Kendle, market development manager for Epson Europe, adds: “We want to work with the designers of the future and to encourage students to learn new skills and push the boundaries of design and creativity to their limits using our products.

We can also learn from them and better understand the trends and demands on our technology moving forward and student feedback can even help us refine or develop our technology. This year we have been especially pleased to be involved with Central Saint Martins during London Fashion Week and to be part of their BA Fashion, BA Textile Design and MA Fashion end of year shows.”

Students who have been utilising the Epson equipment include Pauline de Blonay on BA Fashion Womenswear, who was the second runner up of the L'Oreal Pro Young Talent Award at this Year's CSM Graduate Show, and Fumika Oshima on BA Fashion Menswear. Others that stand out for their work with Epson are David Brunnbauer on BA Fashion Print.

He comments: “I have frequently used Epson’s printers throughout my final year at Central Saint Martins. In the first phase of my collection I’ve focused a lot on fabric manipulation. Personally, I love to use digital print as a base and work on top of it with different techniques like screen-printing, embroidery or laser cutting.”

Epson, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of computer printers and imaging related equipment, also works closely with The Royal Academy Schools, Birmingham City University, University of Westminster and the University of Leeds.

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