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

Why we do what we do! The surface, aesthetic and tactile qualities of printed artefact

: Hoskins, Stephen
Name of conference:Inaugural Professorial Lecture
Place: Hewlett Packard Laboratories, Bristol
Date: 2004
URL Links: http://www.hpl.hp.com/news/lectures/Abstracts/hoskins.html

This talk covered a brief reference to the four primary printing processes, Relief, Planographic, Intaglio, and Screenprint then placed these in context with digital technology. It debated the surface qualities and tactile nature of each process and explained, through magnified examples, the different characteristics of each process. Colour in digital print has evolved through computational necessity; this alongside commercial expediency has created a particular approach to the quality of colour print on paper, which has little relevance to aesthetics and surface characteristics. Artists choose their print process to match the qualities of both colour and surface to suit the requirements of an individual print, undertaking indefinable practises, such as mixing subtractive colour with white and wanting to print in multiple passes in order to control the absorbency of the ink into the substrate. The talk developed a rationale for assessing different practical approaches to inform a theoretical approach to colour and digital printing.