Graphix Supply World and FEDISA announces a collaboration which will see students at South Africa’s leading fashion university work on exciting and mutually beneficial projects. GSW recently visited FEDISA campuses in Cape Town and Johannesburg and met with students to discuss the ever-changing and rapidly evolving world of printing. GSW is an authorized dealer for Mimaki printers, a global industry leader and manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers, cutting plotters and 3D modelling machines. Additionally, Mimaki have recently introduced the market leading TS100-160 for the textile industry.
“We want to be able to give back and invest in the students”, says Rob Franco, MD at Graphix Supply World. “FEDISA will be our exclusive student collaboration partner. Our discussion with the students and faculty leaders was incredibly fruitful and we’re looking forward to seeing how their passion shines through in this partnership.”
GSW has had a busy 2022 thus far, making appearances at the FESPA Global Print Expo 2022 in Berlin this past June, and more recently at the 7th International Print Pack Sign Expo in Nairobi, Kenya. The company, which has seen tremendous growth over the last few years, will now work closely with FEDISA students on collaborations and projects that will see the aspiring young designers be exposed to a growing, fast-paced printing industry.
“GSW will be using some of the students’ design works on the road at events around South Africa and the rest of the world, as well as in our showrooms in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. It will be great to see how local culture and distinctly African design can truly stand out – we know what these students are capable of and now we’re ready to show them off”, said Franco
“We encourage our customers and those who are watching with a keen eye to keep a watch of our social media for updates around this exciting campaign. Needless to say, we’re excited to see what FEDISA students will come up with.”
About Graphix Supply World (GSW)
Graphix Supply World, with offices in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban, has been the proud and sole distributor of Mimaki’s premium Japanese-engineered printing solutions for more than 25 years. Graphix Supply World offers a one-stop shop with top-of-the-line printing technology, consumables, media, expertise, knowledge, and after-sales service, all backed by more than 25 years of experience in the printing equipment and supplies industry. This helps customers in the Sign and Graphics, Textile and Apparel, and Industrial Products markets produce images rich in creative design and content. We take pleasure in being inventive and forward-thinking, making sure we stay on top of market trends while giving Sub-Saharan African and South African enterprises access to the most cutting-edge printing technologies. One of the many service areas where we demonstrate our cutting-edge printing solutions is 3D printing. Our comprehensive range of services starts with a customized sales approach that identifies the ideal printing option to satisfy your particular business requirements. We can provide the highest quality printing solutions at a lower lifetime cost by providing added-value services like in-house financing. Installations, industry knowledge, customer training, and call-out services are just a few of our after-sales services. Additionally, we go above and beyond to provide a broad selection of auxiliary items, such as media consumables and printing equipment, to make your buying experience as simple and painless as possible.
FEDISA has proven that the days of fashion schools training glorified seamstresses are over. The modern fashion institute must prepare its graduates for the enormous diversity of career opportunities that are available in today’s dynamic world of fashion. Herein FEDISA has been shown to be remarkably successful as the list of FEDISA graduates in the global industry keeps growing. FEDISA graduates can today be found in an astounding array of careers across the globe. These range from working for Marchessa and Diane von Furstenburg in New York to Christopher Kane in London and Haikure in Milan. There are designers and buyers, editors and stylists, visual merchandisers, fashion technologists, and costume archivists. The list of local and international employment opportunities simply keeps growing for these talented and committed graduates. FEDISA has also significantly contributed to exporting some amazing talent into the African continent, with Temitope Williams – FEDISA Graduate 2009 launching her own teaching academy in Lagos, Nigeria recently. Another great success of FEDISA is the large number of students that the institution continues to attract from across South Africa and the rest of the world. To this end FEDISA has developed students from as far afield as the United States of America, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, Slovakia, Jordan, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe and many more.
FEDISA’s unprecedented growth remains premised on the ethos of excellence that continues to permeate all aspects of the institute, from the highly qualified academic staff and world-class educational facilities to the exceptionally diverse programme content and enormous annual Graduate Collection Show. FEDISA graduates are now so highly regarded in industry that final year students are headhunted by all the major players, often before they have graduated.
Marketing Manager, GSW