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Hitoshi Ujiie Speaks On Mimaki Products And Process At The SGIA Expo In Las Vegas


October 19th 2018 : Visitors to SGIA Expo in Las Vegas today were treated to a series of erudite talks and explanations, by the renowned Digital Print Academic & Expert, Hitoshi Ujiie from the Thomas Jefferson University.

To enthusiastic crowds, at the Mimaki show stand he went over the basics of Digital Printing and Mimaki’s long term involvement in the development of what is now, the hottest Textile Technology on the planet.

Hitoshi Ujiie has over twenty years experience in high-end surface imaging and manufacture, his achievements have combined first hand industry knowledge with academic pioneering in new technology. A native of Kyoto (the center of Japans textile industry), as an integral member of his family's business he inherited a specialized knowledge of short run, quality fabric production and finishing.

Hitoshi's professional experience includes designing at Jack Lenor Larsen Design Studio in New York. Here Hitoshi involved in the development of and oversaw the manufacture of printed fabrics in an arena that involved him on a worldwide level with other designers and contractors of fine fabric.

In 1991, he established his design studio that specializes in styling a wide range of new surface imaging products. He has secured a name for himself as well as a network of domestic and international clients. In the world of Interior Surface Imaging, Hitoshi stands out for his combination of traditional aesthetics with computer aided design expertise. His works have been exhibited in many museums including permanent collections at Cleveland Museum, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum and Brooklyn Museum.

Sensing the technological revolution that was on the horizon, he developed an expertise in the digital transformation of the imageries into printing process. As a surface imaging designer and inkjet printing technologist, he is recognized the world over as a digital printing expert and is sought after for his presentations on the subject.

At present, he is professor at Thomas Jefferson University, after coordinating textile design program at Parson School of Design for 10 years .

His involvement of launching a new Master of Science Degree program in Surface Imaging as well as setting up of Center for Excellence in Surface Imaging has provided him with the rare opportunity to research and implement cutting edge surface imaging technologies. In this capacity he has been invited for keynote adresses, and published for a wide range of audiences worldwide. This academic site makes it possible for him to meet and assess international industry leaders and developers on an impartial basis as well as creating a forum that introduces new applications of cutting edge technologies, innovative business concept and creative design to the public.

Hitoshi received a B.F.A from Kyoto Seika University in Japan and a M.F.A from the University of Georgia.