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Sophie Adams-Foster, artist profile

The Wallpaper Project wins Roland Creative Award

award: people's choice award, roland creative awards
url: www.rolandcreativeawards.comthe-wall-paper-project/

The Wallpaper Project has won the People’s Choice award for its innovative print designs for wallpaper and textiles in the first stage of the international Roland Creative Awards. It will be now entered into the regional competition with a prize to Japan on offer to the winning entry, fourteen winners will then compete for a Worldwide Grand Prize of a choice of a Roland machine.


Sophie Adams-Foster, artist profile

Dutch Design Week / Desire Conference

venue: eindhoven university of technology, the netherlands
dates: 19-21 october 2011

The novel 'Wallpaper Book' (pictured above) was showcased at Dutch Design week in October 2011, by project lead Carinna Parraman. The book includes samples of the wallpaper produced by project participants, and viewing devices such as 3D glasses.

Findings from the research findings were presented at the Desire Conference 'Creativity and Innovation in Design' at Eindhoven University of Technology on 19-21 October. Dr Parraman presented 'Traditional Approaches using new technologies: case studies of printed wallpaper using UV inkjet printing', co-authored with Renishaw KTP Associate Sophie Adams-Foster. (Clink on the paper title to download the .pdf).

The objective of the Wallpaper Project, in collaboration with Roland DG (UK) Ltd and with support from European Research Development Funding (ERDF), was to develop a range of printed materials and surfaces that could be developed as print on paper, textiles and applied to walls, which could be interactive with the user with a long term objective to adapt to changes in the environment. The paper explores contemporary approaches to wallpaper design that combines craft, design, cutting-edge fabrication and novel printing technologies. New printing technologies are now being used to print onto a range of materials (plastics, metal, wood, uncoated papers) and can be used to trial new inks and methods of printing (UV hardening, metallic colours, ceramic, three-dimensional, non standard colour). Using the wallpapers created by MA Multi-disciplinary Printmaking students and research staff at Centre for Fine Print Research, University of the West of England, Bristol, this paper describes a series of case studies, and highlights a range of interesting opportunities and decision processes creative practitioners encountered when using new technologies. The wallpaper project is part of a larger enquiry into 2D and 3D printing. The paper discusses the wider implications of a novel process and materials-led exploration that explores new UV printing, additive layer manufacturing and rapid prototyping.

Their paper presents an ongoing CFPR research project (the Wallpaper Project) as a case study in developing UV inkjet printing techniques. The project - 'The use of printable UV, thermo and solar receptive pigments for wallpaper and textiles' has so far produced 9 wallpaper designs by invited artists, printed in the CFPR wide format studio.