Centre for Fine Print Research

Centre for Fine Print Research
Bower Ashton Campus Kennel Lodge Road
Bristol
Somerset
BS3 2JT
England

Website

www.uwe.ac.uk/sca/research/cfpr/index.html

E-mail

CFPRinfo@uwe.ac.uk

Telephone

0117 3285864

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Research at the Centre for Fine Print Research is based on the production of the physical artefact, primarily predicated in print. Our long term vision is to capitalise on the strengths that have been built over the last 10 years to work in new and innovative ways towards novel surface print, design and fabrication in 2 and 3D. Combining a multi-technology approach - using novel materials and processes to push forward new ideas and innovation our key research themes are 3D print and colour, artists books, wide format printing, laser cutting and collaboration with artists.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Artist studio or collective

Opening hours

Mondays-Fridays 9.00am-6.00pm

Admission charges

N/A

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Bookbinding at CFPR

Making Books: Binding, Pages, Covers and Cuts Evening Course

  • 29 April — 27 May 2014

The book is a viable, visual medium that is perhaps the most intimate, easily accessible and portable of all the art forms. This evening course offers an introduction to bookmaking: by looking at hard copy examples and following step by step demonstrations covering different techniques - such as simple pamphlet stitch and Japanese stab bound books, a cut-page book, making a sculpted case bound cover, to a hard back binding. Perfect for those who have little or no experience in Book-Binding and Artists’ Books, or just need a refresher.

The course fee covers all basic materials, tea and coffees. Bookbinding tools will be provided for use, and are also available to buy for future work.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Where

BS3 2JT

Admission

Price £190 or £152 concessions

Website

http://tinyurl.com/ckjnwen

mugs

Water-based Screen Printing and Ceramic Transfer Summer School

  • 30 June — 4 July 2014

Using fine meshes and sensitive direct stencils, delicate hand rendered marks can be achieved on paper and ceramics. Mark making techniques on textured drawing film are prominently featured throughout the week and we will be producing some computer generated imagery using Apple Macintosh computers and Adobe Photoshop® CS. This will include monochrome, duo-tone and colour separations output on to affordable laser film. Your images will be transferred onto UWET Transfer Paper. This innovative process has been researched by staff at UWE and is a patented method of producing safe and healthy waterbased screenprinted ceramics transfers.

Once your images are transfered onto the ceramic pieces they will be fired in a kiln. White china mugs and tiles are supplied, although participants are welcome to bring their own ceramic pieces to transfer images onto.

Delegates will need some basic understanding of screen print techniques and it will be useful if you have previously used Adobe Photoshop. Full technical support will be supplied throughout the week.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Where

BS3 2JT

Admission

£450 full price or £360 concessionary rate

Website

http://tinyurl.com/ckjnwen

Bookbinding

Advanced Bookbinding - one week masterclass

  • 28 July — 1 August 2014

The book is a viable, visual medium that can provide links and meeting points between many art disciplines such as print, painting and sculpture. It is perhaps the most intimate, easily accessible and portable of all the art forms. In this intensive five-day course both traditional and unorthodox bookbinding structures will be taught.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Where

Bower Ashton Campus, University of the West of England, Bristol (BS3 2JT)

Admission

£450 full-price (£360 concessions) includes tools, materials, paperstock, lunch vouchers, teas and coffees.

Website

http://tinyurl.com/ckjnwen

Creative print and cut

Print, Cut and Fold

  • 7 — 11 July 2014

This printing method affords you the ability to print on a very broad range of substrates from uncoated paper, to window display vinyls through to floor graphics and much, much more. In addition the cut facility allows accurate cutting to create complex shaped prints, quickly, easily and all from a single artwork file. On this hands-on course explore digital printmaking through UV-cured inkjet to give impressive and professional results quickly and easily. Learn how to design and print creating spot varnish finishes and emboss effects. With demonstration you will be using Adobe Creative Suite and VersaWorks RIP software to produce your own artwork. This course will also cover crease, fold and cut to create bespoke prototype package concepts.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Where

Bower Ashton Campus, University of the West of England, Bristol (BS3 2JT)

Admission

£195 full price / £156 concessionary rate ( includes teas and coffees - lunch and materials)

Website

http://tinyurl.com/ckjnwen

Photgravure

Photogravure: An Early Photographic Printing Process With A Modern Twist

  • 21 — 25 July 2014

In outline, the process involves etching a photographic image into a plate which is then inked and put through the high-pressure rollers of an intaglio etching press sandwiched with handmade or art paper. Prints can be produced using special inks of any colour. Delegates will be able to make gravure prints from at least three of their own photographic images, from film negatives, photographic prints or digital files. This course is suitable for beginners and no prior experience of intaglio printing or Photoshop is required - all materials provided.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Where

Centre For Fine Print Research
Bower Ashton Campus, UWE
Kennel Lodge Road
Bristol
BS3 2JT

Admission

£385 full price or £308 concessionary rate - includes teas and coffees - lunches and materials

Website

http://tinyurl.com/ckjnwen

etching

Introduction to Etching

  • 29 April — 27 May 2014

Over the 5 weeks you will learn to work with hard and soft ground, aquatint and sugar lift to add line, tone and texture to your plates. You will also have the chance to experiment with colour through mono-printing and using chine-collé. Designed for beginners and those with some experience. Everyone will be able to take home a small edition of the work produced during the course.
Runs Tuesdays 5-8pm.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£220 full price/ £176 concessions (includes teas, coffees and materials)

Website

http://tinyurl.com/ckjnwen

letterpress

Contemporary Letterpress - Finding Your Form(e)

  • 30 June — 4 July 2014

By taking a step-by-step approach this course will enable you to produce practical work whilst learning the basics of Vandercook press operation, studio tools and procedures, type-setting, edition printing and presswork using both metal and wooden type from our wide selection of fonts and ornaments.
The Relief/Letterpress studio at UWE holds an impressive collection of both wood (60+ cases) and metal (100+cases) type. We have two Vandercook proof presses; an SP15 and an SP-20 for letterpress printing as well as two Albion presses and one Columbian press which are used for printing lino and wood cuts. We will be using both the letterpress archive and artists’ book collection in specific handling sessions, to show examples and possibilities of printing techniques and book structures, to aid inspiration and develop your understanding, with a hands-on approach to learning.

Essential for any aspiring printer or printmaker who wishes to gain additional experience with particular presses, wood and metal typesetting, or seeking a contemporary approach to letterpress.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£450 full price or £360 concessionary rate - includes: teas and coffees - lunch and materials

Website

http://tinyurl.com/ckjnwen

Pressure printing

Contemporary Letterpress – Printing Without Picas

  • 7 — 8 July 2014

Stratography or Pressure Printing is an innovative and experimental technique that uses a flexible plate attached to the cylinder of the press underneath the printing paper and is run through the press over an inked block. The pressure from the low-relief collage displaces the ink and produces beautiful, delicate, soft-edged qualities, not usually associated with relief printing techniques.

Plates are inexpensive and really easy to make. They can be used in combination with other printing techniques, or as a background to a line block etc. Textures can be created from paper, tape, thread, stickers, labels and other basic pressure sensitive materials. One of the great points about the pressure printing method is, alternate to the letterpress process, you do not have to deal with left/right reversal issues, so it is also a simple method for printing text.

This course provides step-by-step demonstration of the Pressure Printing method and creative possibilities with use of materials in the process. You will have the opportunity to create your own plates and make prints on day one that you can then work into, develop and continue to print on day two. The class will include discussions regarding inks, papers and other materials as well as basic Vandercook press operation and printing principles.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£195 full price / £156 concessionary rate - includes: teas and coffees - lunch and materials

Website

http://tinyurl.com/ckjnwen

laser cutting

Lasercut Jewellery

  • 14 — 18 July 2014

Laser cutting is used as a creative tool by many different artists and designers and is becoming increasingly popular for making different types of jewellery. It can be used to design and cut intricate, delicate forms and multiples out of a variety of materials.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£350 full price / £280 concessions (includes teas and coffees - lunches and materials)

Website

http://tinyurl.com/ckjnwen

3D printed artefact by Peter Walters

3D Modelling and 3D Print for Artists, Designers and Makers

  • 14 — 16 July 2014

3D printing is an exciting new technology that is already having a significant impact in art, design and the creative industries. In this course we offer creative artists, designers and makers an introduction to 3D modelling for 3D printing using the software Rhinoceros. Students will be introduced to the Rhino interface and will be guided through exercises in 3D solid and freeform surface modelling, supported by an experienced tutor. Students will learn how to use Rhino to prepare a watertight model that is suitable for 3D printing. The cost of 3D printing your first 3D model is included in the course fees.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£190 full price / £152 concessionary rate (includes lunches, teas, coffees and one 3D print)

Website

http://tinyurl.com/ckjnwen

bookbinding

Bookbinding for Book Artists

  • 14 — 18 July 2014

The book is a viable, visual medium that can provide links and meeting points between many art disciplines such as print, painting and sculpture. It is perhaps the most intimate, easily accessible and portable of all the art forms.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£450 full price / £360 concessionary rate (includes lunches, teas and coffees)

Website

http://tinyurl.com/ckjnwen

arduino

Interactive Kinetics: Electronics for Art and Design

  • 17 — 18 July 2014

The Arduino is a small, cheap and accessible electronics platform that is easy to get started with – it can sense the environment by receiving input from a variety of sensors and can influence its surroundings by controlling lights, motors, sounds and other actuators. Even if you don't know a lot about electronics you can get good results fairly quickly. You will develop as small piece of kinetic art that includes sensors, actuators and programming – leaving you familiar enough to reproduce and continue to practice in your own time. Full technical support will be given throughout the course. All materials and resources will be provided.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£110 full price / £88 concessionary rate (includes lunches, teas, coffees and materials)

Website

http://tinyurl.com/ckjnwen

Lithography

Introduction to Stone Lithography

  • 21 — 25 July 2014

Drawing directly on to the surface of finely grained Bavarian limestone offers a wealth of mark making possibilities - from soft crayon lines to distinctive tusche washes. We will explore a range of greasy drawing materials, and, through step-by-step demonstrations, you will be guided through the etching and printing process. Demonstrations will include stone preparation, paper handling, ink mixing, registration and printing. As the week progresses, there will be opportunities to learn additional techniques which can be catered to each print, many of which can be transferred to other print disciplines such as selective inking or print curation. There will be the opportunity to explore the mark making potential of the lithograph through an informal presentation of the tutor’s portfolio of printers proofs, which cover a wide range of lithographic methods.

This course is suitable for those who are new to lithography or for more experienced printmakers who want to refresh their skills.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£460 full price / £368 concessionary rate (includes lunches, teas, coffees and materials)

Website

http://tinyurl.com/ckjnwen

inkjet book design

Imposition and Inkjet Printing for Book Arts

  • 23 — 25 July 2014

This course takes you through the process of designing a book from creating digital files to printed signatures ready for binding with in-depth discussion and practical demonstrations of all the steps. Topics covered will include: paper selection, layout and design with consideration of your intended binding method, and the technical aspects of printing the final pages. Bring along your own photographs or digital artwork to use in your design and layout using Adobe Photoshop and InDesign. The pages will be printed using high quality digital inkjet printing technology.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£250 full price / £200 concessionary rate (includes lunches, teas, coffees and materials)

Website

http://tinyurl.com/ckjnwen

primitive printmaking

Primitive Printmaking

  • 28 July — 1 August 2014

From adapted roller printing (using carved scaffolding foam and pipe lagging), carved rubber stamp, root vegetable printmaking (such as yams & potatoes), clay block printing (utilising reliefs created by clay impressions of objects and surfaces), plaster printing (from hand engraved blocks of plaster) to creative surface rubbings from collage constructions.

The more portable printing techniques will from part of a 2 day field trip to record and collect raw material from the city’s parks, river, streets, market, galleries and museums. You will be encouraged to draw areas of interest and collect artefacts & souvenirs to inspire the remaining 3 days in the print-room.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£450 full price or £360 concessionary rate - includes: teas and coffees - lunch and materials

Fluxus

Fluxus Assembling Box

  • 4 — 8 August 2014

A rare opportunity to work with Jeff Rathermel, the Executive Director at Minnesota Center for Books Arts and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Carleton College, USA. In the 1960s, George Maciunas urged a small group of artists to purge the world of bourgeois sickness and dead art. The result was Fluxus, a non-movement that expanded the definitions of what art can be. Rathermel’s workshop will be an exploration of interdisciplinary anti-art that is ephemeral, inexpensive, and interactive. This course will involve the artistic possibilities of recycled materials, simple publication production, hands-on exercises to generate content, multiples, ready-mades, collaborative editions, and performance scores. The history of Fluxus and its founding principles will serve as an underpinning for all activities and projects. Work of contemporary artists working in the spirit of Fluxus will also be discussed. The workshop will end with the quintessential Fluxus celebration: a Happening!

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£300 full price / £240 concessionary rate (includes: teas and coffees - lunches and materials)

Website

http://tinyurl.com/ckjnwen

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CFPR UWE helps save 'integral part of English ceramic history' by combining late 19th century and digital print techniques

http://www.uwe.ac.uk/sca/research/cfpr/research/traditionalprint/research%20projects/Combiningunderglazeburleigh.html

UWE Bristol's Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR) is helping retain traditional English pottery decorating skills by finding ways of combining them with digital print techniques.

Professor Steve Hoskins, director of the CFPR, and Mr Dave Huson are collaborating with Burleigh Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent, the last remaining company to produce ceramic tableware decorated using the traditional printed underglaze tissue method. The pottery was saved from the threat of closure by the Princes' Regeneration Trust in June 2011.

The CFPR has just been awarded an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) grant worth £119,970 for a 12 month project called 'Combining Digital Print Technologies with 18th Century Underglaze Ceramic Printing to Retain an Industrial Heritage Process'.

Underglaze tissue ceramic transfer printing was first developed in the mid-18th century and involved the use of engraved or etched metal plates, from which the tissue was printed with a cobalt blue colour- the famous 'Willow Pattern' being a well-known example. Underglaze tissue has a very distinctive, subtle quality – it is an integral part of English ceramic history, and cannot be replicated by any other means.

When the Princes' Regeneration Trust became involved, this saved 50 jobs, maintaining the traditional manufacturing skills unique to the Burleigh Pottery at Middleport, and preserving the historic buildings, collection of moulds and machinery for the next 25 years.

Steve said, “There is a long-term issue with both the maintenance and production of printing rollers and plates, which in the past have been hand-engraved. This project aims to address that issue by introducing the potential of printing traditional potter's underglaze tissue and applying it in the same way as the late 18th Century process, but creating the plate from a digital file. This means reducing the time from one month needed to engrave a roller to less than a day to create a digital equivalent, whilst retaining the integrity of the final product.”

This project builds upon previous AHRC funded research in 2000 in which Steve researched the combination of the digital capabilities of flexographic printing technology and the earliest printing processes first developed for the ceramic industry in the 1780s.

Underglaze transfer printing continued to be used in the UK ceramics industry up until the 1980s. However from the 1950s it began to be supplemented, first by screen printing, because it was relatively slow and required skilled artisans to apply the transfers. However because screen-printed transfers are on top of the glaze the image will wear and fade in a dishwasher and has none of the subtleties, delicate qualities and permanence of underglaze.

Sarah Heaton of Burleigh says, “Burleigh is now the last company left in the UK to use these time-honoured methods. This project offers the potential to retain important skills within the pottery industry and make sure that an extant and working Victorian Pottery remains a viable part of the community and the nation's industrial heritage.”

Steve continued, “We aim to collaborate with Burleigh to consolidate a commercial future and retain the unique skill-base for this historic, very English, process whose development is part of a uniquely English form and thus of our cultural heritage.

“The aesthetic qualities of underglaze tissue transfer are not reproducible by other methods and it offers numerous artistic as well as commercial possibilities. Once the image is printed it can then be transferred in the traditional way to unglazed biscuit-fired ceramic ware. The resultant print is then fired, bonding the image permanently to the ceramic surface, and a clear glaze applied which both protects the printed image and enhances the colour of the pigments.”

3D Printing in Ceramics

http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/News-and-Events/Watch-and-Listen/Pages/3D-Printing-in-Ceramics.aspx

Arts and humanities research generates innovative ideas with real-world applications and commercial potential. One example of research that is realising this potential and contributing to economic growth is an AHRC-funded Knowledge Exchange project at the University of the West of England.

In this film we see how researchers at the Centre for Fine Print Research, Led by Professor Stephen Hoskins and his team, have developed new methods of creating ceramics using 3D printing technology and worked with Denby Potteries to test designs and develop prototype models in ceramics.

Publisher

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council

Funding for PhD study and research preparation masters

http://3d3research.co.uk/

The 3D3 Centre for Doctoral Training is an AHRC-funded centre for doctoral training, a collaboration between the University of the West of England Bristol, Falmouth and Plymouth Universities. The Centre is offering both full-time and part-time AHRC-funded PhD studentships and 12 month full-time research preparation masters studentships with a focus on practice-led Design research.
Recipients of an 3D3 PhD studentship will receive a full fee waiver and a maintenance allowance paid in quarterly instalments lasting three years. The value of the maintenance allowance provided will be based on the standard RCUK award rate for the year in which the candidate’s studies begin.
Deadline for applications 28th March 2014.

How to obtain

Deadline for applications 28th March 2014.

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