Nikki Nahfahik (R) in front of her painting entitled ‘Determined’ – a highlight of Mimaki’s FESPA stand.
Mimaki regularly works with artists to showcase the diverse and growing possibilities of digital printing. We met Nikki Nahfahik, the artist who created the graphics for the Mimaki stand at FESPA 2022.
What drew you to Mimaki?
I am a visual artist specializing in street art. I started painting illegal street art in the 90’s, but these days I get commissions for contemporary realist works in public spaces and galleries. For FESPA 2022, Mimaki wanted to settle on a street art theme and three months ago they got in touch with this collaborative project. I was thrilled to be going back to my street art roots and creating something vibrant on such a large scale. Mimaki shares my focus on flexibility, quality and creativity, so I think we work very well together.
Can you tell us something about the design behind the stand?
Mimaki wanted to design a stand with a view of the vibrant host city of Berlin and incorporate a street art theme. So I provided some scenes with a peacock and an orchid to the Mimaki team. He incorporated these images into his stunning client gallery and added lots of bright, vibrant colors to the designs. I also made an original painting for Mimaki entitled “Determined,” which he also displayed at the booth.
For “Determined”, Peacock Painting, I wanted to continue the peacock theme but also reflect Mimaki’s determination and hard work in providing innovative, high quality products to our customers. Innovative ideas include peacocks painted in bold colors to reflect Mimaki’s courage and use of colour.
At the show, Mimaki printed my scenes onto a variety of materials and objects using his own techniques, from sublimation to UV printing. It’s really amazing to see my visuals on flip flops, mugs, tin cans and other merchandise.
Do you work with printing technologies outside of this project?
Of course I sell prints of my work in my online shop. I have been working with my print service provider for over a year and have always admired the quality of their prints. So far I haven’t been interested in getting to know the printer behind the scenes but once I started working with Mimaki I got curious and asked and it just so happened that he was using a Mimaki printer. I think that’s the way it should be!
Will you be collaborating with Mimaki in the future?
I would love to work with Mimaki on future projects, it has been a wonderful experience and I have developed a great relationship with the Mimaki team. I was so pleasantly surprised at how this project turned out that I’m excited to do another. Before the show I had an idea of the result but when I saw the stand for the first time I was blown away – it was amazing to see my own work in collaboration with the design team.
I look forward to continuing to work closely with Mimaki to produce the design. I print my pieces on both paper and linen in a way that goes well with Mimaki as Mimaki excels in both the textile industry and more traditional materials so I will need some linen pieces for this in the future. Happy to prepare.