Dr Carinna Parraman
CFPR Deputy Director
My research in colour has evolved from multicolour screenprinting, photo-mechanical print processes to digital colour wideformat and colour management. My doctoral study incorporated many of these aspects and resulted in the development of bespoke inkjet colour palettes for artists and multi-layering of inks.
I have identified a gap in colour communication and theory across art and design and the scientific fields which has been largely due to a lack of common understanding of terms and practice between the arts and sciences.
Carinna's current CV
As my research has tended to be multi-disciplinary and requires an understanding of colour and print quality from the perspective of industry requirements and also meet artists’ requirements, new insights have evolved through discussion, collaborative practice and application between researchers and experts from different scientific, technical, art and design backgrounds. This has also led to a greater and wider impact, as research is disseminated to different audiences.
My research interests include: colour management, colour appearance, colour printing for artists, 2.5D printing, colour fading and conservation, the relationship of ink on paper (for both fine art uncoated and coated papers), print history, colour theory and perception. I am interested in methods for organising colour, such as paint charts, colour circles and colour models.
I have been principle investigator on major research projects including 'CREATE' (2006-10) funded by a FP6 European grant (550K Euros) www.create.uwe.ac.uk; a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Renishaw Plc (2011-15) researching innovative rapid prototyping design for the creative industries, and I am an investigator on a FP7 European grant 'Colour Printing 7.0: Next Generation Multi-channel Printing' (2012-15) http://www.colorlab.no/cp70
I was awarded funding from UWE and the Southwest Regional Development Agency (2010-11) to develop a range of printed materials and surfaces that can be developed as textiles or applied to walls that will adapt to the changes in the environment, such as light, emotion and temperature in collaboration with Roland DG, and the project received a Roland Creatives award.
I received AHRC funding for the project 'Screen Printed Colour as a Theoretical Model for the Development of Inkjet Technology' (2004-05), which examined the relationship between traditional colour mixing (as used by British artists interested in 'colour field' painting during the 60s and 70s) and digital colour.
Drawing on access to the Tate Print collection, I investigated how screenprinted colourants and surface tactile qualities can be used as a model for inkjet technologies. My work in this area of colour resulted in a collaboration with Hewlett Packard Laboratories, San Diego, USA on new methods for inkjet printing for artists.
I was a member of the Hewlett Packard Art and Science Programme (2000-2003), which included the National Gallery; the Louvre and Alinari Photographic Archive, in a knowledge transfer project with schools and artists resulting in a series of international print exchanges that tested novel print methods for artists: the 'International Digital Miniature Print Portfolio' www.cfpr.uwe.ac.uk/minidata.htm 'Movement Marey and Muybridge' (2003), 'Boxing Clever' (2005) www.cfpr.uwe.ac.uk/boxing2
My book 'Colour Coded' was published by the Society of Dyers and Colourists in 2011. I have a chapter in the book Colour Design, Theories and Applications, which traces the evolution of colour printing to new decorative print applications in the 21st century. I also have a chapter ‘Colour mixing in the twenty-first century: the craft of the digital’ in the book 'Colour in the Making: from Old Wisdom to New Brilliance', which is due to be published in the summer of 2013 by Black Dog Publishers. Finally I have a chapter in an Art Science book entitled ‘Colour Art and Perception’, which is due in the Autumn 2013.
Membership of External Committees and Professional Bodies:
Secretary and member of the organising committee for the forthcoming International Colour Society (AIC) congress at The Sage Gateshead, http://aic2013.org (July 2013)
Technical Committee member of IS&T/SPIE Measuring, Modelling, and Reproducing Material Appearance - Electronic Imaging Conference, USA (2014)
AHRC Peer Review College
Technical committee member of IS&T/SPIE Colour Imaging, processing, Hardcopy and Display - Electronic Imaging Conference, USA (2009 - present)
Editorial board and reviewer for online journal of the International Colour Society (AIC) (formerly Design & Creativity, Society of Dyers and Colourists, SDC) (2006 – present)
Member of the Festival of Ideas board, Bristol City Cultural Development Agency (2007- present)
Technical reviewer for JIST- Journal of Imaging Science and Technology (ongoing)
Committee member of the board of the Colour Group GB (2010 - present)
Technical reviewer for IMPACT (1999 -present)
Technical reviewer for CGIV - Colour in Graphics, Imaging, and Vision
Technical programme committee for International Conference on Computer Vision Theory and Applications (VISAPP) (2012 - present)
Scientific committee for Conferenza del Colore (ongoing)
Technical reviewer for Desire’11, 18-21 October, Eindhoven 2011.
Committee members of the Awards Panel for the Colour Group Committee (2009 - present)
Carinna's current CV