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Your Print Specialists returns to Sign & Digital UK with a Textile Printing Demonstration and Upholstery Workshop featuring BBC’s Anthony Devine

Your Print Specialists (YPS) returns to Sign & Digital UK 2019 with a focus on digital textile printing and interior decor.

YPS is pleased to announce that Anthony Devine, Founder and Creative Director of Ministry of Upholstery and star of BBC’s Money for Nothing programme, will be bringing his pioneering upholstery school to YPS on Stand E2 at this year’s Sign and Digital UK exhibition. Devine will be holding live workshops throughout each day to demonstrate how accessible upholstery production can be, with printed fabrics produced using Mimaki digital textile print technology.
Ministry of Upholstery Anthony Devine

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. “Ministry of Upholstery is a modern upholstery school and we’re pioneering a new way of learning, which is accessible, flexible and inclusive,” states Devine, who previously outsourced printing for several years before finally taking the plunge and purchasing a Mimaki TS300-1800 printer and heat transfer press through Mimaki Authorised Reseller Partner, YPS.

“We are delighted to host Anthony on our stand at Sign & Digital UK 2019,” says Georgia Brown, YPS Sales Director. “Making our customers aware of new technology, materials and the opportunities they create is a responsibility we take very seriously, and we can see this echoed in the ethos of Ministry of Upholstery. Anthony is a fantastic ambassador for embracing personalised digital textile print for the home décor market.”

Brown continues, “The potential within the textile home décor market is hugely exciting and is indicative of the emerging, progressive technology in digital print. Furniture, bedding and soft furnishings are just a small example of products driven by e-commerce, low manufacturing costs and the rise in the production of a wide choice of digitally printable, durable fabrics.”

At Sign & Digital UK, Devine will be showcasing the power of digital print from artwork creation to finished furniture. Using several of his TV designs, he will be demonstrating various upholstery processes and working on several projects to include a chair inspired by the Mona Lisa, the art of deep buttoning and more. On the YPS stand, he will be discussing how he took some of his most talked-about designs from idea to realisation and why digital print has always been – and continues to be – his preferred tool, when it comes to creating cutting edge design.

“Digital textile print is an exciting route to new business and profitability,” states Brown. “With the advent of digital textile innovations and improvements in technology, the market is changing rapidly. With the lower cost of production through affordable print technology, inks and a wider choice of fabrics, small companies can now cost effectively print on demand.”

“Digitally printed textiles are expected to grow three-fold globally in the next 5 years and the market sector is worth over $20 billion, of which an estimated 3-5% is currently digital,” she continues. “As a company, YPS is keen to support new and existing businesses looking to make the move into the digitally printed textile market and our stand at Sign & Digital UK reflects this,” concludes Brown.
Ministy of Upholstery digital textile printing for chairs

YPS at Sign&DigitalUK 2018 Review

Let’s all go to Sign&DigitalUK…

Your Print Specialists at Sign&DigitalUK 2018

The last week in April saw the printing industry descend on the NEC Birmingham for Sign&DigitalUK 2018, the industry’s premier show focusing on print, sign and display.

This was YPS’ fifth year exhibiting and was our most exciting stand yet. Previously just a Mimaki specialist, we have expanded our hardware and finishing equipment offering to include HP Latex, Roland DG and Flexa. We couldn’t wait to show visitors what applications are possible using machines from these brands.

HP Latex a go-go!

The YPS team were very excited to showcase the HP Latex 560 printer. Using water based latex ink, printing directly to fabrics is possible and can be printed on the same machine as traditional sign and display medias. If you visited our stand you will have seen our interior set up including lampshades, fabrics, canvas frames, blinds and cushions. Our personalised chair got lots of attention too and again was printed using our HP Latex 560. Visitors to the stand were invited to see the HP Latex printing direct to fabric and take away sample prints.

HP Latex Partner YPS showcase HP Latex 560 at SignUK

Keep Roland, Roland, Roland…

Also making it’s debut on the YPS stand at Sign&DigitalUK was Roland DG. Showcasing ‘The Future of Print and Cut’ with the Roland TrueVIS VG-540, an eco-solvent integrated print and cut machine. We produced window decals using the white ink installed as well as colour popping poster prints showcasing the wide colour gamut of the Roland TrueVIS inks.

Roland TrueVIS VG-540 printer

MmmmMimaki…

The Mimaki UCJV300-160 LED UV roll to roll is a gamechanger. With the ability to produce 4 layer prints for amazing backlits and 5 layer for window coverings alongside traditional print items. Prints are instantly cured, even when printing at high speeds and with the new LUS-170 inks, vibrant colour is still guaranteed. For those looking to switch over from screen to digital the Mimaki UCJV300 series makes the printing of switch membranes easy with the addition of white ink.

Mimaki UCJV300-160 at SignUK

Flexa

Another brand making it’s Sign&DigitalUK debut on the YPS stand was Flexa SRL, an Italian finishing equipment supplier and one of the latest brands added to the YPS roster. The Flexa Miura II Plus XY cutter is an impressive piece of equipment for trimming and sheeting both blank and printed media. Using registration marks and an optical eye, the Miura can cut a 50m roll both vertically and horizontally in a matter of minutes. The trimmed pop art style poster prints proved being sheet cut proved very popular with show visitors.

 

Team YPS had a great time at Sign&DigitalUK 2018. Thanks to all who popped on the stand to see us and made it a great week!

If anything has caught your eye, please give the sales team a call on 0191 256 6889 for more information on the machines available at YPS.