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Annual Miniature Print Exhibition 

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Our third year Masters in Multi-disciplinary Print students and staff have been busy printing editions of 60 miniature prints for an exhibition at Foyles bookshop in Cabot Circus, Bristol. 30 artists join the project each year to produce a ‘miniprint’ - maximum print 10 x 8 cm on 20 x 25 cm paper which is kindly donated by John Purcell Paper in London. The prints are divided into sets for the artists, and the remaining 30 are exhibited and sold to raise funds for the students degree show next year. We have a beautiful selection of miniature prints on show - the image here is of Corinne Welch’s miniprint - on the first floor of Foyles Bookshop (thank you very much Foyles!) until February, so please come along and have a look, and even better buy a print! They are £18 each and worth every penny.

3D Printing for Artists, Designers and Makers 

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Professor Stephen Hoskins presents his new book, 3D Printing for Artists, Designers and Makers, published by Bloomsbury.

21st November 2013 6-8pm at Londonprintstudio
425 Harrow Road London W10 4RE

Rapidly gaining popular attention, 3D printing is viewed as the next life changing technology. This book explains how the creative industries are directly interfacing with this new technology and how it is changing the practices of many artists and designers across the globe. A selection of case studies of leading practitioners in their respective disciplines reveals this fascinating process in action.

The book also introduces the groundbreaking research by Stephen Hoskins and his 3D team at the Centre for Fine Print Research, world leaders in the development of techniques for 3D printing in ceramics, and includes a history of 3D printing, from its origins in aerospace to its current, diverse applications in bio-medics and Formula One racing, through to furniture design and jewellery.

A fascinating investigation into how the applied arts continue to adapt to new technologies, this book is for academics and 3D print users from both the arts and science backgrounds, as well as artists, designers, those in creative industries and anyone who has an interest in new technological developments.  

Professor Stephen Hoskins is the Hewlett Packard Professor of Fine Print and Director of the Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR) at the University of the West of England Bristol, UK. Apart from being a practising printmaker, his primary areas of personal research are in the tactile surface of the printed artefact and its consequences for digital technology, plus the potential of rapid prototyping and digital technologies for the applied arts. He is the author of Inks Waterbased Screenprinting and 3D Printing for Artists, Designers and Makers.


Colour In The Making: From Old Wisdom to New Brilliance 

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A new book has been published by Black Dog Publishing called Colour In The Making: From Old Wisdom to New Brilliance which includes a chapter by UWE's Dr Carinna Parraman Colour mixing in the twenty-first century: the craft of the digital.

Colour mixing in the twenty-first century analyses, the historical evolution of colour, dyes and pigments and their application from the 19th to the 21st century that crosses art, science and technology. Parraman’s chapter analyses the evolution in photomechanical printing, printmaking, inkjet and alternative methods of printing that have been used by artists in the twentieth-first century. It therefore provides a highly contemporary account of the wide variety of ways in which artists are using colour today in both digital (manipulation by computers and publishing software) and analogue environments. Although Parraman analyses the importance of the shift into the use of digital tools and techniques and the possibilities that these have opened up for artists, her chapter also focuses on whether there can be a return to the craft and skills of pre-digital colour mixing and the application of colour, or whether these techniques have been forgotten or are in danger of being lost. The chapter contextualises technological research into digital printing, colour imaging and fine art colour mixing, and incorporates and reflects on cutting-edge research that has looked at a range of techniques including gamut mapping, the appearance of ink on paper, digital hackery and upcycling by artists. It thus provides numerous insights into the varied skills that have evolved in colour mixing by artists through their use of different materials and processes.

CFPR Editions at Multiplied Contemporary Art in Editions Fair 

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CFPR Editions are pleased to announce that they will be exhibiting for a second year at the Multiplied Contemporary Art in Editions Fair. For those interested in all things print the prestigious fair held at Christies, London takes place between the 18th and 21st October 2013.

The print editions practice is part of the Centre for Fine Print Research here at UWE and specialises in digital print production and publishing for artists. UWE Research Fellow Dr Paul Laidler, who developed the publishing facility as part of his ongoing research into collaborative print practices and the evolving nature of the digitally mediated artefact, leads the editions practice.

Programme for inaugural Print Festival Scotland announced 

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Staff and PhD students from the Centre for Fine Print Reseach will join thousands of visitors and hundreds of artists and academics in Scotland's biggest ever celebration of the medium of print.

The inaugural Print Festival Scotland (PFS) will take place in Dundee and at satellite venues across the country from 23rd August to 1st September. The Festival aims to confirm the cultural diversity, historical significance and future potential of print, as artists and writers adjust to the digital age. It will be anchored by the 8th biennial International Multidisciplinary Printmaking Conference (IMPACT 8) - the world's largest and most prestigious event of its kind.
A wide and exciting range of some 40 exhibitions, workshops and performances have been co-ordinated to celebrate the IMPACT 8 conference and mark PFS. Venues range from internationally recognised contemporary art galleries to local artist-run initiatives in alternative public spaces.
Taking 'exploration' as their theme, the joint programme of events will celebrate the multiple identities of print media, with a particular focus on Dundee - the City of Discovery - which has a rich tradition of print, printmaking and publishing, and is a hub of contemporary digital technology innovation.
Venues include Dundee Contemporary Arts, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD), the University of Dundee, Abertay University, The McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum, Edinburgh Printmakers, Stirling Old Town Jail, Glasgow Print Studio and Peacock Visual Arts in Aberdeen. Partner organisations include DC Thomson & Co Ltd and the Scottish Print Network.

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