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YPS stand to feature Anthony Devine

YPS stand to feature Anthony Devine

Your Print Specialists (YPS), which will be returning to Sign & Digital UK 2019 on Stand E2, where it will focus on digital textile printing and interior décor, will also be introducing Anthony Devine, Founder and Creative Director of Ministry of Upholstery and star of BBC’s Money for Nothing programme.

Devine, who runs a novel upholstery school, will be hosting live workshops throughout each day to demonstrate how accessible upholstery production can be, using fabrics printed on Mimaki’s digital textile printing technology.

A champion for digitally printed textiles, Devine’s Ministry of Upholstery was formed in 2013 and is located in Manchester. The school features a large, well-equipped workshop space and enables individuals to learn upholstery skills and create a bespoke piece of furniture featuring their own personalised fabric.

Anthony explained: “At Ministry of Upholstery we are pioneering a new way of learning, which is accessible, flexible and inclusive”, adding that after outsourcing digital printing for several years, he finally purchased a Mimaki TS300-1800 printer and heat transfer press through Mimaki Authorised Reseller Partner, YPS.

At Sign & Digital UK, Devine will be using several of his TV designs to demonstrate various upholstery processes, such as the art of deep buttoning, and will also be working on several projects, including a chair inspired by the Mona Lisa. On the YPS stand, he will be discussing how he progressed some of his most talked-about designs from idea to realisation and explaining why digital print has always been – and continues to be – his preferred tool, when it comes to creating cutting edge design.

Georgia Brown, Sales Director at YPS, commented: “We are delighted to have Anthony on our stand at the show as he is a fantastic ambassador for embracing personalised digital textile print for the home décor market.

“The demand for digitally printed textiles is expected to grow three-fold globally in the next five years and, with the global market for printed textiles currently worth over $20 billion, of which an estimated three to five percent is currently digital.

“With the advent of digital textile innovations, improvements in technology, inks and a wider choice of fabrics, small companies can now cost-effectively print on demand and take full advantage of the exciting opportunities digital textile printing offers for them to generate new business and profitability.”

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