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Epson Announces Two Winners Of Its ‘Outstanding Use Of Print In Textiles’ Award At New Designers Exhibition

Image courtesy of Epson

Image courtesy of Epson

July 16, 2019 : Digital textile printing pioneer, Epson, has announced the two winners of its New Designers ‘Outstanding Use of Print in Textiles’ prize, awarded on the first day of the prestigious annual two- week New Designers Exhibition, held at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London (26-29 June & 3-6 July 2019).

First prize went to Molly-Mae Brissett-Haigh, a graduate from the Textile Design facility at the University of Edinburgh for her highly-innovative ‘Blessing in Disguise’ fashion collection, with Glasgow School of Art graduate, Lucy Hope, also taking away the award for her ‘Happi’ fashionwear for both adults and children, inspired by a unique blending of play, imagination, creativity and colour.

Says Heather Kendle, market development manager, Epson Europe: “The standard of textile design at this year’s New Designers Exhibition was breath-taking. There was an incredible range of styles, designs and innovation on show, all proving that digital print and dye sublimation printing has opened up such a wide range of possibilities for those fashion and décor designers wishing to truly push the boundaries of what is possible in print. Finding just two winners was a challenging task, but the judging panel felt both Molly-Mae and Lucy really stood out as they had each in their own diverse way, created highly creative, inspiring and intelligent fashion collections with great stories behind them.”

As part of the Awards package, both winners will now be invited to participate in an Epson design project, creating a collection of interior décor or fashion designs using dye sublimation printing, which will then be showcased on an Epson stand at a trade exhibition over the next 12 months.

Both Molly-Mae Brissett-Haigh and Lucy Hope will present their initial concepts to the Epson team in the UK and work them up into finished designs, then each will be taken to Epson Europe’s demonstration and production facility in Paris, where they will spend two days printing the output. Each designer will also have the opportunity to use up to 20 metres of materials from this visit for their own use.

Says Molly-Mae Brissett-Haigh: “The New Designers Exhibition was a fantastic showcase for my work and I am very grateful to have been chosen as a winner of the Epson ‘Outstanding Use of Print in Textiles’ Award. The opportunity to work with a brand like Epson on a live project will be an invaluable experience, especially as my next step is to start seeking employment within the design sector. It will give me great wide ranging experience in industrial printing and manufacturing processes, something I know aid me and my future in the industry.”