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Epson awards young print creatives

Birmingham City University (BCU)’s Facility of Arts, Design and Media student, Priti Patel, is this year’s recipient of Epson’s ‘Outstanding Use of Print’ award.
Patel received the award at the university’s recent final year degree show, a prize that includes an Epson EcoTank inkjet printer. Heather Kendle, market development manager, Epson Europ, said: “These awards are a great opportunity for Epson to work with students who we believe will become the creative leaders of tomorrow. We are always keen to understand how the next generation of upcoming artists and creatives are using our print technologies to deliver their creative vision and Priti’s dynamic work is a great example of how outstanding vibrancy and colour continues to be a critical factor in the creative process.” Miss Patel’s winning printed portfolio was inspired by the bold colours and distinctive tones of Egyptian culture, and supported by a dissertation focused on finding new pigments for sustainable inks. “Print as a modern medium fascinates me, and I was intrigued to see how the latest printing technologies could breathe new life into colours and designs more generally associated with traditional cultures. I think I have achieved this with the prints represented in my portfolio and I’m so pleased and proud to have been awarded this prize in recognition of all the work put into my portfolio,” said Patel. A second Epson-sponsored award and Epson EcoTank printer was won by Maisy Postlethwaite, a Level 4 Arts, Design and Media Facility student, who participated in an Epson project undertaken as part of the Level 4 year’s coursework. The Epson project gave students the opportunity to collaborate with some of the company’s finest technical specialists and explore all the possibilities print has to offer. Postlethwaite was given the award in recognition of her overall contribution to the project and her creative approach to print.

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