Epson works with textile designer Bryony to produce décor products
Artist Bryony Benge-Abbott has turned to Epson to transform her vibrant oil paintings into a range of beautiful and contemporary wall coverings and textiles for curtains, cushions and upholstery using SureColor printers
Inspired by nature
Blooming Bryony Designs are original works of art created by artist Bryony Benge-Abbott that celebrate the beautiful shapes and colours found in the natural world and describe memories or impressions of environments around us.
Bryony’s inspiration comes from around the world. Her Trinidadian and British dual heritage, alongside key artists and movements such as William Morris and the Arts & Crafts movement, Henri Matisse and the Fauvists, and contemporary artists such as Beatriz Milhazes and Chris Ofili, have naturally shaped her work.
Since graduating in Fine Art from Bath Spa University, Bryony has developed her work further by creating home accessories and furnishings using elements from her oil paintings. It was while focussing on this area that she was introduced to Epson and was given the opportunity to experiment with its SureColor technology.
“Epson SureColor technology has given me the freedom to explore new ways to produce a variety of ‘Blooming Bryony’ décor products that I would never have thought possible before,” says Bryony. “My designs are inspired by nature and incorporate rich colours with delicate motifs, and it’s essential they transfer as close to my original artwork as possible onto textiles for curtains, cushions and upholstery.”
From canvas to floors, walls, furnishings and more
Working with Epson-equipped PSPs using the SureColor SC-F7200 dye sublimation printer, Bryony is able to reproduce her vibrant designs consistently and at high quality onto her wallcoverings and furnishing fabrics. Her range of bespoke homeware includes lampshades, cushion covers and seat covers.
Quick, economical and reliable, the 64-inch roll-to-roll SureColor digital printer is ideal for small to medium businesses. Productivity is delivered thanks to the output of up to approximately 58m2/hr, or typically 30m2/hour in two-pass production mode, and its new post-platen heater and optional Print Drying System offers faster drying time.
The ability to print small batches of a particular design means that Bryony can produce exactly what she needs when she needs it and print to order very easily. She can test her designs and react to changing market trends, without the danger of holding unwanted stock.
The Epson-Blooming Bryony collaboration
Working with Epson has encouraged Bryony to think more broadly about what digital print can offer and the benefits to her as a designer.
To demonstrate how easy it is for artists and designers to transform their designs into products, Epson and Bryony collaborated to produce a range of beautiful and contemporary soft furnishings using the innovative range of SureColor printers. The results were used throughout the Epson stand at Heimtextil in Frankfurt – on the walls, curtains, table tops, chairs and cushions. Plus every day during the show, Bryony demonstrated printing her designs onto cotton cushion covers and tote bags using the Epson SureColor SC-F2000 direct-to-fabric table-top printer.
Combining high performance, low maintenance and running costs, the SC-F2000 printer enables small to medium businesses to offer a new textile design and print service. Equipped with Epson’s design software the printer offers designers the opportunity to unleash their creativity to produce a range of items including, t-shirts, caps, bags and cushion covers and more, up to 25mm thick.
Featuring Epson’s durable TFP printhead the SC-F2000’s production is quick without sacrificing print quality. Used in conjunction with Epson’s UltraChrome DG Ink the printer offers crisp colour reproduction and smooth gradation. The printed area on the fabric is soft to the touch, washes well and is scratch resistant.
“I used to think digital print technology was only for large organisations,” says Bryony. “Epson has developed printers that give small businesses like mine the power to take my designs in many new creative directions. There really seems to be no limits.”