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3D Printing for Artists, Designers and Makers by Professor Stephen Hoskins

Author/Co Author: Hoskins, Stephen
PUBLISHED by: Bloomsbury academic
Rapidly gaining popular attention, 3D printing is viewed as the next life changing technology. This book explains how the creative industries are directly interfacing with this new technology and how it is changing the practices of many artists and designers across the globe. A selection of case studies of leading practitioners in their respective disciplines reveals this fascinating process in action.

The book also introduces the groundbreaking research by Stephen Hoskins and his 3D team at the Centre for Fine Print Research, world leaders in the development of techniques for 3D printing in ceramics, and includes a history of 3D printing, from its origins in aerospace to its current, diverse applications in bio-medics and Formula One racing, through to furniture design and jewellery.

A fascinating investigation into how the applied arts continue to adapt to new technologies, this book is for academics and 3D print users from both the arts and science backgrounds, as well as artists, designers, those in creative industries and anyone who has an interest in new technological developments. 

Dates 11 /2013 | Read more on the Bloomsbury Website

Colour in the making, From Old Wisdom to New Brilliance

Author/Co Author:Parraman, Carinna
Publication: Colour Mixing in the Twenty-first Century: the Craft of the Digital
Publisher: Black Dog Publishing
Date: 2013

Colour Mixing in the Twenty-first Century: the Craft of the Digital in 'Colour in the Making From Old Wisdom to New Brilliance' (ISBN 978-1907317958). This book is a visual history of art and design told through the materials of colour.  Parraman’s chapter covers the evolution of dyes and pigments in printmaking, photomechanical printing, dyes for inkjet and alternative methods used by artists in the 21st Century and provides a highly contemporary and eclectic insight into pigments.
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Colour Coded

editor: Carinna Parraman
Publisher: The Society of Dyers and Colourists
Date: May 2011
ISBN: 978-0-901956-93-4
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Colour is a vast and complex subject that impacts many sectors in so many different ways. Yet, the majority of research into colour is usually undertaken in single subject areas, in for example, art, psychology, colour science, physics, chemistry, design, architecture and engineering. This book offers a selection of research from participants in a recent European funded project (Marie Curie SCF), and aims to address increasingly complex questions through an interdisciplinary perspective. The objective of the project was to address a broad range of themes in colour and to develop with artists, designers, technologists and scientists a cross disciplinary approach to improving colour communication, education and to provide a forum for dialogue between different fields.

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The margins of art practice bordering on industrial development

Author/Co Author: Hoskins, Stephen
Publication: "Innovation through Knowledge Transfer", book series: Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies, Edited by Howlett, Robert J.
1st Edition., 2010, 381 p., Hardcover
Publisher: Springer - the book is available at http://www.springer.com
Date: 2010
ISBN: 978-3-642-14593-3

A conference paper challenging the popular view of artists, spread by the media over many years, of aesthetes with no commercial acumen and a distinct lack of time management.
Examples of this go as far back as 1962 with Tony Hancock in the film the ‘Rebel’ or more recent commentary on Tracey Emin’s unmade bed. The truth is actually much closer to one of self-motivated individuals with good self-discipline and a wide-ranging approach to problem solving. This preconception in itself is not the fault of industry; even when dealing with design, the 2005 DTI Paper on Creativity, Design and Business performance states “Over half of UK firms say design has no role or only a limited role to play in their business”. Why would they want to deal with artists?

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The Reproduction, Conservation and Creation of Artwork through the Collotype Printing Process

Author/Co Author: Thirkell, Paul; Hill, Vikki
Publication: Printed on Paper: The Techniques, History and Conservation of Printed Media, Edited by Colborne, J; Fisherman Snyder, R.
Publisher: Arts and Social Sciences Academic Press, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne
Date: 2009
ISBN: 978.0.9561206.3.2

The subject of printed media has proved a highly productive quarry from which the 25 authors of this volume have extracted an astonishingly diverse and interesting collection of essays. Many facets of the printed image are explored, including history, materials, fabrication, deterioration, conservation and restoration, from Renaissance engraving to contemporary cutting-edge digital technology.
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From Drypoint to Inkjet

Author/Co Author: Carinna Parraman, N. Morby
Publication: Printed on Paper: The Techniques, History and Conservation of Printed Media, Edited by Colborne, J; Fisherman Snyder, R.
Publisher: Arts and Social Sciences Academic Press, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne
Date: 2009
ISBN: 978.0.9561206.3.2 (pp. 170-176)

This chapter presents research in collaboration with the Prints and Drawings Department at Tate Britain London. The database records the modern print collection by process and demonstrates the evolution of the technical and hardware developments that has impacted printmaking over the last century. The record concentrates on photomechanical developments and in particular half-toning, colour separation and methods for colour printing. Significant donations made by the Curwen and Kelpra Studio, demonstrates printmaking made by artists in the 60s and 70s, and which, this collection is unsurpassed in the UK; more recently, a donation from the Tyler Studio demonstrates multi-technique, experimental and large scale printmaking. In preparation for future conservation issues, the presentation also discusses non-impact processes and methods for recording digital prints.

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Creating Artists’ Books

Author: Sarah Bodman
Publisher: A & C Black, 2nd Edition, London,
Date:December 2007
ISBN: 978-0-7136-6509-3
URL Links: http://www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/bookpub.htm

Many artists from different areas make artists' books, both to feature their own work and as an artform in itself. This is a practical guide for visual artists who are interested in producing their work in the artist's book format. It examines the history, methods and practicalities involved in making an artist's book, using many examples of the work of contemporary artists as illustration. This book will be a valuable source of reference for any artist considering making work in the artists' book format or anyone wanting to discover more about this vibrant artform.

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Altered Images - Digital interpretations inspired by George Cartlidge's Portrait Tiles

Author: Dr Paul Thirkell
Publisher: MakingSpace Publishers, 32pp
Printed by: Sebright Printers, Stokes Croft, Bristol
Date: 2004
ISBN: 1 900999 21 8

George Cartlidge was born in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, and attended Hanley Art School, both as a student and later as a teacher of painting. The art schools of the five towns were important in developing the talents and careers of young artists and designers, particularly those attached to the local pottery industry. throughout his life Cartlidge combined his skills in drawing and painting with a career first as a tile designer, andf later as decorative pottery designer.
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Author: Hoskins, Stephen
Publisher: A&C Black London 128pp, Allen and Unwin 2005 (Australian Edition).
Date: 2004
ISBN: 07-136-63413

Inks have remained a fundamental aspect of the printing process for thousands of years. This comprehensive and accessible guide traces the development of ink from ancient China, through the Middle Ages and the industrial revolution, to the digital age. This book offers detailed guidance to the various processes from etching and relief-printing to lithography and screenprinting, and also includes a comprehensive list of suppliers and full bibliography By exploring the technical make-up and manufacturing processes of many different types of ink, this book offers practical information to all levels of printmaker.
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Ansel Adams: Divine Performance

Author: Dr Anne Hammond
Publisher: Yale University Press, New Haven
Date: 2002
details: 196pp.

As a photographer, artist, and especially gifted contributor to our perception of the American landscape, Ansel Adams seems to be the subject of continual discovery. In this quiet and thoughtful work, photo historian and researcher Hammond (Frederick Evans) gives us still more on Adams's life, aesthetics, methodology, and evolution as an artist. Her book refuses to engage in the fits of impassioned academic overanalysis that usually weigh down critical books about genius; instead, Hammond keeps Adams's biography and her criticism of the images on track. While readers may question the need for yet another book on Adams, Hammond offers a careful portrayal of the photographer and the life that he lived along with his art, placing his work in the contexts of time, place, and influence. This volume makes a solid contribution on several levels, not the least of which is its articulating some very essential notions on the structure of thought and visual objectives within the basics of photography. In the case of Ansel Adams, this structure gave us exceptional, even reassuring art that has made its way into the subconscious of millions of viewers. Recommended for most collections. (David Bryant, New Canaan Lib., CT)

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Water-based Screenprinting

Author/Co Author: Hoskins, Stephen
Publisher: A&C Black. London 112pp.
Date: 2001
ISBN: 0-7136-5036-2.

There have been dramatic changes in screenprinting since 1990. These changes have been encouraged by the demand for safer working practices and materials. New methods are radically different to the old solvent-based processes, and allow a delicacy and range of mark-making that was previously unobtainable. The use of water-based screenprinting inks has become more popular as artists realise the endless possibilities it offers. This book, gives detailed guidance as to methods, materials and techniques, but also shows through the work of a group of international artists just what exciting work is possible
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Ansel Adams at Manzanar

Author: Dr Anne Hammond
Publisher: Honolulu Academy of Arts
Date: January 2001
ISBN: 978-0937426746

In late October 1943, Ansel Adams arrived at Manzanar War Relocation Center, where nearly 10,000 Japanese Americans were interned during World War II under Executive Order 9066. His self-motivated photographic project was to show the loyal American faces of these internees, two-thirds of them citizens by birth whose constitutional rights had been violated by the internment. From October 1943 to July 1944, he made four visits to Manzanar at his own expense and without recompense, talking to the internees and photographing them in activities that especially emphasized their Americanness. The internment camps were scheduled to close at the end of 1944, while the war in the Pacific still raged, and Adams believed ordinary Americans would be more tolerant of the return of the internees to the cities and towns if they were perceived to be as American as anyone else.