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Illustration student entrepreneur expands business

21/08/1970
Already supplying the world with his distinctive hand-printed t-shirt and bag designs through his website, Middlesex University illustration student Alex Foster is now using his screen print equipment to set up his own printing company – Get Better Press.

An entrepreneurial student illustrator is expanding his unique hand printed clothing business. 
 
Already supplying the world with his distinctive hand-printed t-shirt and bag designs through his website, Middlesex University illustration student Alex Foster is now using his screen print equipment to set up his own printing company – Get Better Press.

The new printing press arm of his company hopes to attract businesses, bands and consumers who have designs they need produced with the completely bespoke hand-finished touch Alex offers. Started in 2011 his initial business, Get Better Clothing, is currently set up in his garage – and with his girlfriend Merry, everything is hand produced to order.
 
Alex (21), from Margate in Kent, said: “T-shirts are a great way to get my illustrations out there, rather than just prints which can easily get forgotten about. I try and make my designs as original as possible, they are all limited edition, so once they are sold out that’s it! I am always working on new designs though.
 
“It is important to me that we hand make and hand design everything – that’s what makes my products stand out from others – it’s that personal touch. Now I’ve got the equipment it is an easy transition into offering a printing service too.”
 
Alex has just finished the second year of his three year illustration degree at Middlesex University, and has used Get Better Clothing as a project for his degree.
 
Outside of his business Alex has recently completed commissions for the National Union of Students (NUS) and Barnet Council – with his illustrations appearing in both NUS’ Spotlight magazine and the cover of Barnet First magazine.

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