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After Clement Valla series

Finally started to make again! In January this year I was invited to be the guest artist in printmaking at the University of Texas at Austin. During this time I began working in the fabrication department with Professor Eric McMaster (Lecturer, University of Texas at Austin; Manager, Digital Fabrication Lab) to create a laser cut matrix. The […]


Nothing ventured…

Partners in Print: Exhibitions & Editions Over the past few months (perhaps a bit longer) I have been discussing the idea of a UWE graduate print editioning / studio practice with Spike Print Studio in Bristol. The two organisations already share existing links through scholarships and professional practice internships such as the Peter Reddick Bursary, the […]


Impact 10

The Impact 10 Printmaking Conference maybe over but Print certainly isn’t dead. Many thanks to the organisers and all the contributors for sharing. I was happy to have presented a number of prints from the Looking through the eyes of machines exhibition at the CC Juan Carlos Calderón gallery alongside exhibitions from recent UWE postgraduate (PhD/MA […]


Festival of Ideas Competition

UWE Student & Alumni Competition Bristol Festival of Economics Competition 2018 Competition Deadline: 24th Oct 2018 Cash Prizes: First £200,
 Second & third £75 Duration of Brief: 3-4 weeks UWE Link Tutor: Paul.Laidler@uwe.ac.uk The Festival of Economics takes place annually in Bristol in November. It is now in its seventh year. The festival brings together economists and other experts from around […]


F-Block Eyes

In the first academic semester of 2018/19 I will be exhibiting the international student print exhibition ‘Looking through the eyes of machines‘ in UWE’s F-Block Gallery. The work will be on show for two weeks between the 17th and 28th September 2018. The exhibition will present artworks from UWE’s BA Illustration, BA Graphic Design and […]


Printed Conversations

Laidler, P. (2018) Printed Conversations & Collaborative Undertakings, g&e Print and Art Edition Magazine (www.grabadoyedicion.com), ISSUE 60, pp 30-43 ISSN 1886-2306 Recently wrote some words for the Madrid based Print and Art Editions Magazine g&e. The article reflects on conversations that I have had with a number of artists about the impact of digital technology […]


VR eye for the print guy

After recently attending a workshop entitled Volume to Voxel (put together by the UWE fabrications team) I have been able to begin considering the mediated relationships between drawing, modeling, scanning and printing – using virtual reality software. Although initial thoughts are still processing the possibility to experience a space that enables one to create (and manipulate) […]


Satisfaction Guaranteed

Laidler, P. (2018) Satisfaction Guaranteed, Beneficial Shock, Issue 3, pp 78-83 ISSN 2399-5173 I was recently invited to write and illustrate an article for the Unconventional Cinematic Adventures Magazine Beneficial Shock. Each issue sets a themed topic for writers, illustrators and designers to research and respond to – in an unconventional nature. The first two […]


Mapping Post-digital Practice

Laidler, P. (2018) Mapping Post-digital Practice in the Graphic Arts, Printmaking Today, Vol 27 No 2 Summer, p.15 ISSN 0960 9253 Article Intro It has been suggested by a range of established commentators that digital technology may have potentially created a ‘mental change’ within the creative process of making images and objects. Although this statement […]


Visual Speculation – with forms and words.

  I was recently invited to write and illustrate an article for the Unconventional Cinematic Adventures Magazine Beneficial Shock. Each issue sets a theme and cinematic perspective for writers and illustrators to research and create responses of an unconventional nature. The first two issues have been under the themes of food and the mind. The […]


Print Futures: Austin, Texas

In January 2018 I have been invited to the University of Texas at Austin as part of a guest artist in printmaking residency. The proposed production of artwork will continue my investigations into post-digital narratives within graphic arts practice. The residency also includes lectures and tutorials with undergraduate and graduate UT students who are exploring […]


Post-digital Today

Many thanks to The Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław, Poland for hosting an exceptional conference in December 2017. The team at the Wrocław School of Printmaking invited a range of speakers including artists, theoreticians, researchers and students to comment on the topic of Post-digital Printmaking. The event also included a number […]


From: Brian Eno

10 Rules For Students And Teachers, tweeted by Brian Eno @dark_shark on Sunday 26th November 2017. Must remember rule 8 more often, brain can’t do things simultaneously.


This still means something. This is important.

This years miniature print is underway for the MA Printmaking course at UWE. Part continuation of last years 3D printed potato model (of Devils Tower) and part sketch for creating a billboard series of laser engraved film locations.


Postdigital Print Conference

            In December I will be attending and speaking at the Post-digital printmaking. Redefinition of print Conference in Poland. The conference is hosted at the Faculty of Graphics and Media Art, The Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław. The conference is a continuation of the numerous events […]


Madrid Symposium

The short video above offers an overview from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid who are working with the The Ankaria Foundation as part of a pioneering program to promote young graphic artists in Spain. I was invited by the two partners for a week long symposium in April 2017 […]


Speaking through the eyes of machines

  Next week (25th -28th April 2017) I will be speaking at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid who are working with the The Ankaria Foundation as part of a pioneering program to promote young graphic artists in Spain. The week long invitation is part of an international seminar that builds […]


Collaborative Print Practice

Laidler, P (2017) Collaborative Print Studio, g&e Print and Art Edition Magazine (www.grabadoyedicion.com), ISSUE 55, pp 27 – 40 ISSN 1886-2306.   The article Collaborative Print Studio in the March 2017 edition of the ‘g & e Print and Art Edition Magazine’ discusses the concept of the master printer and the collaborative model within the discipline […]


Looking through the eyes of machines as humans

Laidler. P (2016) Mapping a Mental Change: Beginnings and departure points, Working Proof, No2, pp 59 – 62. Looking through the eyes of machines as humans is a publication that has been developed and produced by myself as part of an academic role at UWE. The publication was initiated as part of an international student […]


This means something. This is important.

‘I can’t describe it, what I’m feeling and what I’m thinking, this means something! This is important’ are the words of Roy Neary played by the actor Richard Dreyfuss in the 1977 science fiction film Close Encounters of the Third Kind. In the film Neary is depicted as an adult who never really grew up, […]


Students who have looked through the eyes of machines.

The digital version of the Looking through the eyes of machines as students publication is now (and finally) available to view on issuu. The publication includes work from fifteen selected students across three different Graphic Arts based programmes in Art and Design at UWE (University of the West of England, Bristol, UK) and sixteen students […]


Gallery Twenty Two

  The international student print exchange exhibition #Looking Through These Eyes Of Machines As Students was recently exhibited at Gallery Twenty Two in Bristol. The reception was well attended on the opening night with lots of positive discussion and commentary about the printed work and the forthcoming student publication – not to mention a couple […]


Drawing After Digital Exhibition

An exhibition curated by Klaus Speidel that explores what ‘the digital’ means for drawing today: http://xpo.studio/project/project2/ The below quote and conference offers a range of different perspectives where artists are both utilising the associated tools and processes but perhaps more interestingly responses are extending to ‘the digital’ as a subject to coment on. Speidel’s insights […]


A Bristol Baltimore Print Exchange

This April will see an international student print exchange exhibition between MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, USA) and UWE (University of the West of England, Bristol, UK). Fifteen students from each University were invited to produce a print edition that would examine how technology has expanded conceptual and procedural possibilities for making prints. […]