Hands on Help for Textile Printers


The benefits to small businesses of joining FESPA UK Association were quickly apparent to one of the newest members - Sarah Waterhouse - who produce hand printed sustainable fabrics.
The Sheffield-based company initially signed up to the Association to simply be part of an organisation with the best interests of printers at its heart, but found there were also other advantages.

Says company owner, Sarah Waterhouse: "We soon realised there would be very direct assistance through the expertise within FESPA. Peter Kiddell has already helped solve some technical issues we were having and we have been given valuable funding search information. In the future we may also take advantage of the apprenticeship scheme as we expand our business."

Sarah Waterhouse was launched as a home-based business in 2007, screen printing small pieces of fabric. It moved to a studio at Yorkshire Artspace two years later and has matured into a professional fabric design and printing company, supplying fabrics by the metre to a variety of interiors and upholstery clients. The business specialises in hand printed sustainable fabrics on a range of organic cotton and hemp base cloths.

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