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The Digital Print and Laser Cutting Sandpit

UWE Staff Sandpit Workshop

Date:28th & 29th June 2010
Venue: CFPR, UWE Bristol
Instructors: Paul Laidler and Claier Phipps


The Department of Art and Design have begun co-ordinating a series of 'sand pit' sessions with the Centre for Fine Print Research, open to all staff within the Faculty of Creative Arts, as part of a larger three year project aimed at assisting academic staff with collaborative research or knowledge transfer bids. Three two-day pilot projects have been organised for UWE staff. The first took place in early May and focused on 'possibilities of three dimensional print'. Further session will be taking place in the near future.


New research staff in practice-led disciplines often have difficulty in identifying which parts of their personal practice may have longer term academic research potential. By offering structured practical sessions it is envisaged that new researchers will benefit from example.


UWE staff members from undergraduate Fashion and Textiles, Drawing and Applied Arts and Media Practice took part in the first Digital Print and Laser Cutting Sandpit session. Each member of staff came with ideas relating to their academic field and practice based interests with a view to utilsing the technology in the production of printed artifacts at the CFPR. During the making process ideas toward possible research projects and funding were discussed with Prof Steve Hoskins.


The CFPR has already undertaken two preliminary sand pits with the NHS which have led to the preparation of funding bids using the 3D print facilities. One of the aims of the CFPR's Higher Education Infrastructure Funding (HEIF 4) project is for closer integration between staff in the CFPR and Faculty of Creative arts to encourage collaborative practice-led research in the broader design field. The CFPR is viewed as an exemplar of good knowledge transfer dissemination and practice by UWE. This project aims to share that practice across a wider faculty forum by running 'sand pits' and mentoring for Art & Design staff to develop their practical and professional skills in 2010.

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