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Deconstructing digital printing technologies: Towards reinstating artistic ingenuity in the production of digital colour prints

Olen, Melissa; Parraman, Carinna; Laidler, Paul

Authors

Melissa Olen melissa.olen@uwe.ac.uk

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Dr Paul Laidler Paul.Laidler@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in MA Print & BA Illustration



Abstract

This research proposes an alternative perspective to conventional printing workflows. Such workflows are restrictive when standard interfaces conceal self-contained systems, limited by manufacturers’ parameters. This has been observed to inhibit the ability for the artist to accurately pre-visualise the printed output, often leaving them underwhelmed by the results. In response, artists, particularly with experience in analogue processes, have developed bespoke inkjet printing methods that better inform an ideology for technique, method, and approach. In a number of instances, multiple pass printing has been employed to overcome the observed limitations within current inkjet printing systems. This has afforded the artist the opportunity to make changes and enhancements to the image as the print evolves iteratively into the final outcome. This paper explores a deconstructive approach to digital colour printing, including surveying practitioner’s methods for achieving a dynamic relationship with the printing process. The research will present and evaluate new avenues for incorporating a multiple pass printing workflow by modifying existing printing systems towards a transparent, artist centred methodology. The novel approach in this research seeks an individualised workflow in which the artist resumes control over the process.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Start Date Oct 29, 2014
Publication Date Oct 1, 2014
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Olen, M., Parraman, C., & Laidler, P. (2014, October). Deconstructing digital printing technologies: Towards reinstating artistic ingenuity in the production of digital colour prints. Paper presented at Fifth International Conference on the Image
Keywords technique, technologies, visual arts practices
Publisher URL http://cgpublisher.com/conferences/302/proposals/265/index_html
Related Public URLs http://ontheimage.com/the-conference
Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : Fifth International Conference on the Image
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