Ben the Illustrator

The Ben the Illustrator Collection is actually a joint production of husband-and-wife team Ben and Fiona O’Brien. They offer fabrics digitally printed in the U.K., plus cushions and lampshades made from them. There are 12 prints available, printed on Cotton Half Panama (a type I’ve never heard of, and it’s not in my Dan River Dictionary of Textiles Terms either! Someone enlighten us!) I do know it’s 309 grams/sq meter (about 9oz/sq yard) and 147cm (57 inches) wide and suitable for soft furnishings, cushions, curtains, and upholstery. This collection is a shining example of a cool small business enabled by digital textile printing technology.


  1. Kathy Howard says:

    I’m from the US, but I know people from the UK that would like information about digital printing in the UK.

  2. Lynn says:

    Cotton Half Panama has a single warp thread and a double weft thread. This heavy fabric is mostly used for interior designs, so says the Internet.

  3. Kathy Howard says:

    Cotton Half Panama must look something like Poplin which has a heavier thread for the weft thread.