Centre for Fine Print Research University of the West of England Centre for Fine Print Research

Inkjet and Laser Cutting for Arts and Crafts CPD

Continuing Professional Development

Date: 11th - 13th July 2011
Venue: CFPR, UWE Bristol
Instructors: Paul Laidler, Tom Sowden and Verity Lewis


The Inkjet and Laser Cutting for Arts and Crafts CPD provided a three-day workshop that focused upon the integration of ink jet and laser cutting within the sphere of printmaking. The workshop included digital file preparation using both bitmap and vector based imagery, substrate considerations and the rendering potential of digital files using for inkjet and laser cutting technology.

During the first day participants were introduced to the facilities and shown a range of examples from previous CFPR laser cutting and ink jet print related projects . A series of technical demonstrations were presented followed by a discussion period enabling each participant to present a project for the remainder of the course. The second and third days functioned as an open workshop allowing the group to work on individual tasks with technical guidance from the workshop demonstrators.


The course attracted a wide range of participants from a variety of backgrounds including professional printmakers, photographers, postgraduate students and university lecturers.  Delegates traveled from as far a field as Norway.

Watch a short film by Sally Imbert, featuring the work she made during the workshop:

Drawing Clouds Cutting Leaves Sewing Paper from Sallydove on Vimeo.

Participant comments from the day:

“Excellent student centred approach”

“The best aspect was the diversity of opportunity to develop ideas”

“Really hard working, thoughtful and specialist instruction”

“The course tutors were very patient, clear and gave lots of time and effort to teach and made sure we got the results we were looking for”

“Really enjoyed the three days and felt I got a lot to take away on the understanding of process and artwork created”

“A fantastic opportunity to learn from excellent and enthusiastic tutors and to have time and the facilities to experiment”

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