Centre for Fine Print Research University of the West of England Centre for Fine Print Research
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Paper 500 Project

The aim of the project is to explore the material possibilities, diversity, strength, and tactile qualities of paper. This project seeks to explore the creative process, working methods, novel uses of technology, and to assist in the communication between makers from different backgrounds: from art to engineering, and the crossovers/similarities that may take place. 

To create an ‘artefact/ object/ performance piece’ from a standard A4 ream (500 sheets) of printer paper.
Brief: All 500 sheets must be used.
Deadline: 31st May 2012

Each participant must supply:
The finished artefact; a brief description of how you made the work; software you used, hardware, methods and techniques; photographs of your artefact during construction.  The purpose of this project is that it be ‘open access’ and as such will function under the objective of the Creative Commons. To enable us to feature your photographs/development on the website we will need your permission to do so.

The project will have regular updates via the Paper 500 Blog. In this blog you will not only find the Project Brief but also links to some inspiring artists already working with paper.

The vision for the Paper 500 project is to assist in the generation of interesting and inspiring paper based ideas from artists, engineers and designers. To achieve a diversity of ideas the project at present includes supportive collaboration from:

The University of the West of England, Bristol.
Rapid Manufacturing Department, Renishaw.
AKI, University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands.
Waag Society Fablab, Netherlands.

If you are interested in becoming a partner in the project, then contact Sophie Adams-Foster.

The project will be updated and documented through the CFPR and the project blog. We hope to be able to collect all works created and present them in an exhibition in June 2012 (location tbc).


Contact us

If you have any questions about the project, or would like to get involved, contact Sophie Adams-Foster@uwe.ac.uk