Six final-year BA textile design students from Birmingham City University (BCU) designed a series of floral polo shirts for Epson staff to wear at the Sign & Digital show in April.

Kelly-Marie Sifleet, printed textiles senior technical demonstrator at BCU explained: “We ran a competition to produce a polo shirt design and the work of six students were selected by Epson. These students had been part of the Epson hands-on colour workshop, which has given them a lot of confidence when using dye sublimation printing technology.”

Amelia Roe, one of the winners, said: “I liked having the opportunity to work professionally and it was a chance to make things consistent with the Epson brand.”

Fellow student Eleanor Williams added: “The hands-on colour workshop ensured we really understood the Epson printers and what they were capable of. I use the Epson dye sublimation printers all the time and often combine digital print with other textile processes.”

The other winners were Isobel Ramsden, Priti Patel, Ashlie Mills and Amy Prosser.

Heather Kendle, market development manager for Epson Europe, was there to meet Kelly-Marie and her student team at the show. She said: “At Epson we really value our association with education. We want to encourage the next generation of designers and we learn from each other; it is a mutually advantageous partnership.”