Traditional approaches using new technologies: Case studies of printed wallpaper using UV inkjet printing
Parraman, C. and Adams-Foster, S. (2011) Traditional approaches using new technologies: Case studies of printed wallpaper using UV inkjet printing. In: DESIRE’11 - Creativity and Innovation in Design, Eindhoven, the Netherlands, 19th - 21st October, 2011.
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Conference paper at the Desire Conference, Design Case Studies Panel. 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.