August 6, 2017
AVA were asked to present at i-dotts first Spring Conference- ‘Academia to Industry Conference’ which was held at Graham & Brown, Blackburn on 2nd March 2017. As a strong supporter of i-dott AVA were privileged to be asked to participate.
The main purpose of the day was to give academics, tutors, mentors and industry interns a unique opportunity to come face to face with industry experts. The conference aimed to cover most of the critical aspects of the wallcoverings industry and provide networking opportunities.
Copyright & Intellectual Property by Tony Catterall
Wallpaper Substrates- For Designs to come alive by Gavin Gould from Ahlstrom
The Designers challenge by Stephanie Jebbitt
Digital printing by Rana Raychoudhury from HP and finally
AVA CAD/CAM Software for the designer’s tool box by Duncan Ross and Natalie Leeb.
All topics were presented by a speaker who is an expert in his or her field and currently employed within the wider industry.
Here is a little synopsis of what was covered by each expert:
Copyright & Intellectual Property by Tony Catterall – Tony heads Taylors’ Intellectual Property team and provides a full range of strategic advice covering intellectual property disputes, contracts and licensing. He is consulted daily on copyright and design right matters and has been involved in a number of high profile cases. He is one of the best known lawyers in the home furnishings industry. His awareness of the textiles, interior design and wall coverings markets ensures he is nationally regarded as a leader in the field of designs and copyright. Tony presented the importance of copyright in the design field, covering: how copyright arises, when to register a design, ownership of copyright and design, protection of copyright designs and commercial issues. Tony’s presentation was invaluable with many questions raised and answered after his presentation with regards to all copyright matters.
Wallpaper Substrates – For Designs to come alive by Gavin Gould from Ahlstrom- Gavin discussed the challenges facing paper manufacturers in keeping apace the demands of wall covering manufacturers. Gavin has worked in the global wallcoverings market for over 20 years, having lived and worked in France, Belgium, USA and most recently Shanghai, China. Gavin currently works for two major substrate companies to deliver material solutions to printers and designers, so that their wall covering collections are functional and attractive.
‘The Designers Challenge’ by Stephanie Jebbitt – With many years experience working at senior level, Design Director at GPJ Baker and Ulster Weavers Apparel, and visiting lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, Stephanie now works as a freelance design consultant and director for some of the most respected companies in textiles and wall coverings. Stephanie outlined the changes and advances that have impacted the role of the designer in recent years, discussing how the designer today has more flexibility and freedom to innovate, but how they also require constant in-depth knowledge and experience of multiple technical processes to maximise their commercial awareness. This particular presentation was very inspiring and passionately presented.
Digital printing by Rana Raychoudhury from HP – As a worldwide Advanced Technical consultant in HP Latex Technology, Rana discussed the demands on today’s markets and the technology behind those demands. Rana is the worldwide principal technical consultant for decoration at HP. Rana explained how HP’s latex technology is revolutionising the economics of wallcovering production and how it can benefit surface designers, giving them greater scope and freedom.
AVA CAD/CAM Software for the designer’s tool box by Duncan Ross and Natalie Leeb – Commercial Director Duncan Ross has 20 years experience working the decorative industries world-wide. The live software presentation given by Natalie Leeb and narrated by Duncan Ross, showed the benefits and why specialist software is an essential for any designers toolbox.
It was a very successful event with very good attendance and support from both academia and industry, with universities visiting from Scotland, England, Wales and as far away as Austria.
It was a very informative day with guest speakers from all across the industries. The day was concluded by a very special and comprehensive tour of the Graham & Brown studio and factory- wow was this impressive stuff!
We very look forward to seeing whats on the agenda for the next Academia to Industry Conference.
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