The Fabrication of Three Dimensional Art and Craft Artefacts through Virtual Digital Construction and Output


AWARDING BODY: Arts and Humanities Research Council
PRINCIPLE INVESTIGATOR: Professor Stephen Hoskins
CO-INVESTIGATOR: Dr Paul Thirkell
RESEARCH FELLOW: David Huson
RCUK RESEARCH FELLOW: Dr Peter Walters
PROJECT PHD STUDENT: Brendan Reid

The Centre for Fine Print Research was awarded a large AHRC grant in 2007 to carry out research into 3D rendering and 3D printing (also known as rapid prototyping).  Read the full project report here.

Case Studies:
Click on the links below to view the case studies of 3D making undertaken throughout the project, in collaboration with a selection of artists and the project researchers.

Richard Hamilton case study
Nathalie Liege Case Study
Kate Davies Case Study
Bloodhound case study
Conor Wilson case study

Conference Panels:
Technical Advances panel, Impact 6 International Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking Conference, UWE, September 2009: Professor Stephen Hoskins chaired the ‘Technological Advances Panel’ which presented a series of views encompassing these new technologies, and debated the future for digital technology. With papers from Dr Peter Walters ‘3D Printing in Colour: Technical evaluation and Creative applications’ and Brendan Reid ‘The relationship between the surface and sculptural qualities of 3D printed rapid prototypes’.

Symposia:

Conference Papers:

‘Ossicillating Spaces – The integration of 3d technologies within printmaking and sculptural practice’. Reid, B Impact 6 International Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking Conference, Bristol 17 – 19 September 2009.

‘From 2D tiles to 3D printed Ceramics: A journey through digital print’, Huson, D., Reid, B. Parallels and Connections – A Ceramics and Glass Research Student Conference, University of Sunderland, National Glass Centre, 2009.

‘Further Developments in the Digital Fabrication of Ceramic Artworks’ Conference paper, Huson, D. IS&T International Conference on Digital Fabrication Technologies, Louisville, Kentucky, September 2009.

‘The Margins of Art Practice Bordering on Industrial Development’, Hoskins, S. International Conference on Innovation through Knowledge Transfer, Hampton Court Palace, London, 2 December 2009.

‘3D Printing and Fabrication of “Smart” Responsive Devices: A Comparative Investigation.’ Walters, P. Proceedings of IS&T NIP25/Digital Fabrication 2009 Society of Imaging Science and Technology, Digital Fabrication 2009, Louisville, Kentucky. 20 – 24 September 2009.

‘Printing 3D dielectric elastomer actuators for soft robotics.’ Rossiter, J. Walters, P. Stoimenov, B.’ Proceedings of the 11th SPIE Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) conference, San Diego, California, USA, March 2009.

‘Beyond Digital.’ Hoskins, S, Southern Graphics Council Conference: Global Implications, USA, March 2009

‘Printmaking with Extreme Technology.’ Hoskins, S, Southern Graphics Council Conference: Global Implications, USA, March 2009.

‘Pictorial Information as Transcribed by the Artist or Designer’, Hoskins, S. Electronic Imaging Science and Technology Conference, San Jose, California, USA, 20-22 January 2009

‘Using 3D Printing and Associated Technologies in an Art/Craft Environment’. Huson, D. Ceram Powder Matrix Seminar on Rapid Manufacture, November 2008

‘An untruth to materials’, Reid, B. Chelsea College of Art, 16th May, 2008

‘Three-Dimensional Fabrication of Smart Actuators: Design Applications’ Walters, P. Rossiter, J. M. (2008) IS&T International Conference on Digital Fabrication Technologies, 6-11 September 2008, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

‘3D Printing of Bespoke Ceramic Artworks’ Conference paper, Huson, D. IS&T International Conference on Digital Fabrication Technologies, 6-11 September 2008, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

‘Specifying Colour and Maintaining Colour Accuracy for 3D Printing’ Parraman, C. Walters, P. Huson, D. and Reid, B. (2008) Proceedings of Electronic Imaging, Society for Imaging Science and Technology/Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers, San Jose, 26-31 January 2008

‘3D Printing and Colour: A Multidisciplinary Investigation’ Huson, D., Parraman, C., Walters, P. (2008) CREATE Colour Research for European Advanced Technology Employment, European Union Framework 6 Marie Curie Actions workshop, Bristol 14 – 17 October 2008

‘In Search of the Impossible Ceramic Object’ Huson, D. (2007) IS&T International Conference on Digital Fabrication Technologies, 16-21 September 2007, Anchorage, Alaska

‘3D Printing in Colour: Technical Evaluation and Creative Applications.’ Peter Walters, David Huson, Carinna Parraman, Maja Stanic. Impact 6 International Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking Conference, Bristol 17 – 19 September 2009.

 

 

 

Project Output: 3D 2D: Object and Illusion in Print – Exhibition

LOCATION: Edinburgh Printmakers Gallery
CURATED BY: Paul Thirkell
DATE: 18 September – 30 October 2010
URL LINKS: www.lightyearsprojects.org; www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/dealers_galleries/InfoAll/exhibitions

There has long been a close relationship between the second and third dimension in the field of Printmaking. Connoisseurs and printmakers frequently describe how the rich surface qualities of (for example) the etched emboss, the raised trace of the relief block, or the layered impasto of a screen print – serve to enhance the impact of a 2D image, creating something more akin to an object than a mere visual illusion on a flat surface. Many traditional artist printing techniques share similar principles and conventions to those of sculpture for moulding, processing, casting and being produced in multiple. In recent years new digital techniques for printing have enhanced the printmaker’s palette, however, prints produced through digital output have remained largely in the 2D realm. Currently a new era is dawning with print based, rapid prototype technologies gradually coming within the reach of the fine artist.

This exhibition investigated the dual possibilities of creatively engaging with digital software and hardware to produce data that can be printed in both 2D and 3D. A selection of artists working in the field were selected to produce printed images and related printed objects that revealed new insights into image and object making through print. Each artist produced both a 2D (digital print) and a 3D printed object that in some way set up a relationship or an interaction between the 2 dimensions. Below are a selection of photographs from the exhibition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As well as the new work, the exhibition featured a work by Richard Hamilton printed at the CFPR in 2003 – The Typo Topography of Marcel Duchamp’s Large Glass – which maps and annotates Duchamp’s work in the form of a large inkjet print. Other work in the show included an illuminated print by US artist Lesley Dill and laser cut prints by Charlotte Hodes.

List of exhibiting artists and works:

Katie Davies and Peter Walters ‘Pulsar Z Corp’ and ‘Time Slice’
Jeremy Gardiner and Anthony Head ‘Light Years: Coast’, ‘Isle of Purbeck’, ‘Mupe Bay’, ‘The Handfast Point’, ‘St Aldhelm’s Head’ and ‘Corfe Castle 1, 2, 3’
Brendan Reid ‘Foxvoxbox’, ‘Erasure’ and ‘Striped Manta’
Paul Laidler Brendan Reid ‘Ray Kinsela 1’ and ‘Ray Kinsela 2’
Paul Laidler ‘Roombeek series’
Charlotte Hodes ‘Dappled Light: Orange’, ‘Dappled Light: Apricot’, ‘Dappled Light: Whites’ and ‘Dappled Light: Pink’
Conor Wilson ‘Garden’, ‘Earth’, ‘Infants with Goat’ and ‘Tree’
Lesley Dill ‘Faith’
Richard Hamilton ‘The Typo Topography of Marcel Duchamp’s Large Glass’
Paul Sandammeer ‘Flying Fish Pig’
Paul Thirkell ‘Fairground Horse’ and ‘Abandoned Dodgem’

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