Staff Profile – Bec Ashford, Print & Fabric Technician, Beresford House

“My role as Print and Fabric Technician at David Nieper is an important link between design and production and ensures we are using our printers to their full potential in order to achieve a high quality in our designs and colours. One of the main focuses of the role is to create an achievable colour gamut for each fabric base that we print in house. This allows designs to be easily changeable and means the colour is much easier to control.

Aside from the colour profiling, I work alongside our Print Designer to prepare designs for production as well as running the printer from time to time and admin tasks such as calculating the ink cost.

Being able to say that the garments produced here are handmade in Derbyshire is a brilliant achievement, as is the efforts made in becoming a sustainable fashion brand. Being part of that is something to be proud of.

I studied Textiles at University and have always enjoyed being creative. Print and Surface Design has always been a passion of mine. Seeing and being involved in part of the many processes that go into producing a garment is really interesting. The textile and fashion industry is always changing and developing which keeps the job exciting.

I’ve learnt a great deal already at David Nieper. The role here has not only broadened my fabric and textile knowledge but I’ve learnt a lot about the machinery and processes involved in manufacturing printed fabrics for garments on a large scale. I’ve built upon my CAD experience by being here and have had the opportunity to learn with new design software.

There are many challenges in this job, not just because of the nature of the industry, but mostly because this part of the company is so new. The role is constantly being built upon as the production team learn and adapt to the needs of the business. As a team we work really well in solving any of the issues we are faced with in the printing department.”