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  The British Channel Seen from the Dorsetshire Cliffs (detail) 1871

Laser Cutting Research

Laser Studio Closure
Due to space constraints and the current funding environment we have had to take the very tough decision to close our Laser Cutting Bureau.It has been a wonderful experience for us to work with over 3000 artists, designers, makers and industrial companies since 2006 training and helping them prototype, test and take products to market via laser cutting.

A huge thankyou to Claire Phipps, Tom Sowden, Sarah Barnes and Tina Selby without whom we would not have been able to run the bureau.

We still want to hear from you if you are interested in investing in contract or collaborative research with us in our key areas of 3D and 2.5D print and fabrication, colour, wide-format print and artists’ publishing – email us CFPRinfo@uwe.ac.uk

UWE students in the School of Art and Design can still access the departmental laser cutting facilities through the technical facilities

If you are still interested in finding a laser cutting bureau in the Bristol area please try Bristol Design Forge or KWMC The Factory.

Selected Studio work:

Emma Moloneyemma malony
Emma has laser cut acrylic for an interactive art installation Sunken Garden Secrets at Kensington Palace, 2011, which constitutes a unique collection of personal secrets from residents past and present.


su blackwellsu blackwell
Su worked in the studio to create an exhibition of site specific works, ‘Remnants’ for the Bronte Parsonage Museum in 2010. Su creates book-cut sculptures – 3D paper-cut works from the pages of books, inspired by the stories inside. This exhibition featured a series of delicate installations in the historic rooms of the house, inspired by the Brontes and the museum collections. http://www.bronte.info/index

su blackwellAnd her solo Show ‘Happily Ever After’ at Long and Ryle Gallery, London. This exhibition explored the role of marriage within the fairytale. In many fairy tales, marriage acts as a kind of a closing sequence for the ‘happy ending’. In these works, Su examined a different type of ending. The main focus of the exhibition was a wedding dress, from which Blackwell cut a garden from the train of the dress. http://www.longandryle.com/artists/su-blackwell/


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