With over 120 exhibitors showing textile equipment, substrates and consumables, FESPA 2018 presented a multitude of solutions and applications for print service providers (PSPs) and designers interested in textile printing and production. There was a wide range of educational and interactive content for visitors to experience, including FESPA’s new feature Print Make Wear.
Print Make Wear
Visitors to FESPA 2018 experienced, Print Make Wear, an exciting, full end-toend, design-to-finish production line for fashion and sportswear. Within the feature visitors discovered all aspects of a textile production line, from creation and preparation to production and presentation incorporating both screen and digital print.
Print Make Wear visitors also found a range of equipment from leading textile manufacturers in action, including a direct-to-garment machine from Brother; colour software from Coloro; Dekken’s new T-Apparel folding machine, a cutting table from Gerber Technology; Inedit digital printing software solutions; Grafco AST screen printing software solutions; a Juki sewing machine; Magna Colours inks; an auto screen carousel from MHM and a manual screen carousel from Vastex, a Mimaki pigment printer and dryers from Adelco, Chiossi and Klieverik.
Textiles used in the fast fashion factory were provided by Premier Textiles as well as Falk and Ross who providing a selection of shirts, bags and aprons for the direct-to-garment printing machines. Fashion designer, Sanna Annukka of Marimekko, created a design for garments produced in Print Make Wear, using a combination of Pantone spot colours, metallic and special effects, which were printed live daily on MHM’s oval automatic screen printing press.
On 16 and 17 May, Zara Llado, Creative Director of the Trend Bunker hosted a fashion and print trend session looking at the two key fashion trends for S/S19, exploring the key colours, moods, looks and print direction for the season. Jenny Holloway, CEO of Fashion Enter / Fashion Capital also hosted a session on What is quality ethical garment production? All three textile focused seminars took place in the FESPA Trend Theatre.
Other textile focused exhibitor highlights included: FESPA 2018 Corporate Partner, Dover Digital Printing who demonstrated a full production workflow for the creation of customised football jerseys. Dover Digital Printing’s sportswear factory showcased products from Dover Digital Printing brands: Caldera, MS Printing Solutions, JK Group, Monti Antonio and Zund. The factory highlighted the entire production process, from initial design through to printing, cutting and sewing.
Other exhibitor highlights included the first showing, at a FESPA event, of Epson’s Monna Lisa industrial textile press. Epson also presented an haute couture womenswear collection by fashion designer, Richard Quinn, and all of the items were printed on Epson’s SureColor SC-F series printers.
Aeoon showcased its Aeoon Kyo Hybrid Series, which provided digital production on an industrial scale combined with the benefits of screen printing. FESPA Gold Partner, Brother, highlighted its latest GTX print heads, which produced high quality prints at industrial production speeds.
Winners of FESPA’s 2018 Awards
The winners of FESPA’s 2018 Awards were announced at its annual Gala Dinner, which took place at the Classic Remise in Berlin on Wednesday 16 May, during FESPA Global Print Expo 2018.The winners of the application categories are:
Also announced at the Gala Dinner were the winners of the three following categories:
- The 2018 Young Star Award, which is marked across all categories and is open to those aged 15-25, went to Steph Bourazanis from the UK for her entry, of a digitally printed photograph using both abstract and macro photography, titled The Unknown.
- This year’s People’s Choice winner, voted for online by FESPA’s global print community from the shortlisted entries, was presented to Sac Serigrafia SRL of Italy for its Naïve colors entry in the Glass, Ceramic, Metal and Wood Products category.
- The Best in Show Award, selected by the judges from all of the gold Award winners as the piece of work that they felt represented the most outstanding example of print, went to Harwood King Printmakers, UK, for its entry titled Flower Girl in the Serigraphies and Fine Art category.
Some of the major exhibitors at the show…