Mimaki Europe recently announced partnerships with various design icons. Included is Dutch retail fashion designer Tessa Koops, a fashion designer of women’s clothing, specialising in dresses with floral/patterned prints. In addition to dressing different celebrities, her clothing is sold in more than 50 retail outlets across the Netherlands.
Mimaki partnered with Koops for Heimtextil 2019, held from 8-11 January in Frankfurt, Germany. Completing its line-up of designer collaborations for the show, clothing designed for Mimaki by Koops was used to demonstrate the power of art in fashion and the huge impact digital print can have on creativity and personalisation within the fashion design and manufacturing process.
Koops joins a prestigious group of inspirational designers brought together by Mimaki for Heimtextil 2019. Under the theme of ‘The Fusion of Innovation and Design’ and celebrating digital print within all elements of art, interior design and fashion, Mimaki commissioned work from designers including Sigrid Calon and Claire Vos (Studio Roderick Vos).
‘Ordinarily, I work a lot with purchased prints for my clothing. However, this collaboration with Mimaki has enabled me to go beyond the typical design limitations of fashion and better understand how digital print can increase creativity, personalisation and diversification across a range of pieces. As visitors saw on the booth, one of my own paintings was used in a variety of ways including as a print for dresses,’ commented Koops. ‘I am very impressed and inspired by the possibilities that Mimaki printers offer the fashion industry. As a designer, you normally don’t get to experience such cutting-edge technology first hand, so this has been quite enlightening. In fact, exposure to the potential of digital print has enabled me to think in broader terms than just fashion design,’ concluded Koops.
Bringing vivid colour and fine graphical elements into her work, Calon is a visual artist. At Heimtextil, the detail and vibrancy of Calon’s art was brought to life by a 2 x 2 metre artwork utilising Mimaki’s latest print head technology, delivering smooth gradations and sharp and precise details. Examples of Calon’s work was also be shown in various materials, produced by Mimaki advanced print technologies including UV and 3D printing.
Vos, introduced by Textiles & More (T&M) and a graduate of Design Academy Eindhoven, studied her craft in Italy, Switzerland and Indonesia before settling in the Netherlands. With a contemporary graphical industrial flavour to her work, many of Vos’s products are produced using Mimaki printers for Textiles & More. Her work, shown under the theme of ‘The Dressing Room’, was shown at Heimtextil through Mimaki-printed upholstery including chairs and cushions.
With printed applications on a diverse range of textiles, fabrics and interior materials, visitors to the Mimaki booth learnt how they too can use advanced print technology to drive design innovation and profitability. Additional Mimaki designers included Anousjka Röben, who displayed shoes and creative studio Deux d’Amsterdam, who showed a unique kimono designed specifically for Mimaki – all designs were digitally printed by Textiles & More (T&M).
The Mimaki stand showcased a printer for almost every type of textile application, with other digitally printed textiles applied to design classics in the ‘Pode’ range from Leolux, and feature walls utilising photography from Arjan Benning also being displayed.
Heimtextil visitors experienced Mimaki’s broad portfolio of printing solutions, split into three distinct areas including interior design, fashion and art. In the art section, the UCJV150-160 inkjet printer with environmentally-friendly UV-curable inks, was used to produce wallpaper. Textiles were printed in both the interior design and fashion areas, with the ultra-productive TS55-1800 sublimation transfer inkjet printer focusing on upholstery. Using a belt-conveying solution, the TX300P-1800B entry-level direct-to-textile system printed onto stretchable fabrics used in fashion.
Danna Drion, senior marketing manager EMEA, Mimaki Europe concluded, ‘We’re absolutely delighted to have showcased this collection of talent at Heimtextil – it perfectly demonstrates what can be achieved when you mix design excellence with high quality digital printing from Mimaki technology.’