Abigail Trujillo Vázquez

Abigail Trujillo Vazquez, Early Stage Researcher

Abigail joins the CFPR as a research associate to develop printing applications in the fields of the arts and heritage and is part of the ApPEARS (Appearance Printing European Advance Research School) project, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Network (MSCA-ITN). ApPEARS is focused on improving the design and reproduction workflows in traditional printing and 3D printing, by developing accurate measurements and reproduction of optical and material properties, modelling and controlling printing systems not only considering colour as a quality parameter but also the texture, translucency and gloss of surfaces.

She has a background in physics and art history, and has specialised in optics, spectroscopy and heritage. Currently, she investigates how to enhance the features of printed media where the texture and surface structure strongly contribute to the image appearance and haptics.  Some of the aims of her research are to develop hybrid printing methods by adapting digital tools to analogue photomechanical printing techniques, to increase the potential and applications of vector-based printing using a robotic arms, and to expand the uses of the printed image as a tool for engagement in collaboration with cultural institutions and diverse audiences.

In her PhD in Art Media and Design she reviews through printmaking and 2.5D printing, the materiality and symbolism of archaeological records and the poetics of ancient texts and images, in order to weave contemporary narratives of the Americas before the contact with European societies. The project will explore the potential of the haptic image for engagement and, in connection to actual problematics, raising concern about endangered heritage and ecosystems, racial identity and territory.

Areas of Expertise

2.5D printing, colour, optics, archaeology, Mesoamerica

Research interests

Abigail interests span the interaction of light with natural and human made materials and structures, the making of colour and images, shared knowledge, and thought and artistic practices from the ancient Americas.

Research projects

The development of 2.5D printing methods for reviewing the appearance of archaeological artefacts

The reconstruction of the appearance of a Maya relief based on watercolours and photographs by Adela Breton


BSc, MSc (Physics)

Professional memberships

Society for Imaging Science and Technology 

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