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Mimaki Announces the 2021 Digital Textile Innovation Award Winners

Suwanee, GA, July 8th, 2021 – Mimaki USA, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers, is pleased to announce the winner of its 2021 Digital Textile Innovation Awards. A collaboration between Mimaki and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) MFA Fashion Design program, the contest presented emerging young designers with the challenge of incorporating digital textile printing into their cutting-edge fashion collections. The award for the top prize was the opportunity to have the winner’s senior thesis collection printed and sponsored by Mimaki USA.

Entrants—judged by a panel of print industry experts—showed a wide range of techniques from dye-sublimation, reactive, acid, and pigment inks, used with polyester, cotton knit, nylon, as well as silk organza, chiffon, and charmeuse. “The versatility of application type allowed the fashion students to experiment and push the boundaries of digital printing to materialize their vision,” commented Victoria Nelson Harris, Mimaki USA, Senior textile segment specialist.

The first-place prize was awarded to Shine He Sang, an FIT MFA Fashion Design student. He Sang’s concept was based on an “Ideal Tomorrowland,” utilizing her background in architecture and fashion to reflect a society free of bias. He Sang’s winning piece was printed with acid inks on the Tx300P-1800B belt model printer. The inks were fixed to silk organza with the Tr300-1850S, compact continuous steamer unit. Ac400 acid inks were selected for their vibrancy of color, capable of achieving the designer’s goal to excite and attract attention visually.

“Digital print technique also allows me to apply what I’ve created on a painting that carries an expressive impressionist style, to multiple fabrics ranging from sheer, lightweight organza to heavyweight canvas to best serve my voice, while still staying cohesive and keeping in the language of fashion design,” Shine commented.

Mimaki USA was honored to partner with FIT for this contest, exposing students to the seamless synergy of fashion design and inkjet printers and inspiring the next generation of emerging fashion designers. “We are grateful for Mimaki’s generosity and commitment to education,” said Professor Cathleen Sheehan, Acting Chairperson of FIT’s MFA Fashion Design program. “This collaboration created innovative learning opportunities for Instructor Kathlin Argiro and our students to work with Mimaki’s leadership textile printing and finishing technologies.”

About Mimaki USA

Mimaki is an innovator and pioneer in the development of digital printing and cutting products worldwide. The company engineers and manufactures a complete line of digital printers and cutters, and offers a total workflow solution for the many applications found in the Sign Graphics, Textile & Apparel, Industrial Printing and 3D markets. In 2019, Mimaki USA celebrated 20 years of service to print service providers in the Americas. It is an operating entity of Mimaki Engineering of Japan. For more information, visit or on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram @MimakiUSA.

About Fashion Institute of Technology

A part of the State University of New York, FIT has been a leader in career education in art, design, business, and technology throughout its history. Providing almost 9,000 students with an uncommon blend of hands-on, practical experience, theory, and a firm grounding in the liberal arts, the college offers a wide range of affordable programs that foster innovation and collaboration. Its distinctive curriculum is geared to today’s rapidly growing creative economy, including fields such as computer animation, toy design, production management, film and media, and cosmetics and fragrance marketing. Internationally renowned, FIT draws on its New York City location to provide a vibrant, creative community in which to learn. The college offers nearly 50 majors and grants AAS, BFA, BS, MA, MFA, and MPS degrees, preparing students for professional success and leadership in the new creative economy. Among notable alumni in fashion are Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Reem Acra, Brian Atwood, Dennis Basso, Francisco Costa, Norma Kamali, Nanette Lepore, Bibhu Mohapatra, Ralph Rucci, John Bartlett, Peter Do, and Michelle Smith. Other prominent graduates include Leslie Blodgett, creator of bareMinerals; international restaurant designer Tony Chi; and Nina Garcia, editor in chief, Elle.