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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 […]


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 […]


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.


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 […]


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 […]


Revisiting Richard Hamilton’s Typo-Topography of Marcel Duchamp’s Large Glass

Laidler, P (2016) Revisiting Richard Hamilton’s Typo-Topography of Marcel Duchamp’s Large Glass, Print Quarterly, Vol XXXIII / No1, pp 18-26 ISSN 0265-8305 The Journal article Revisiting Richard Hamilton’s Typo-Topography of Marcel Duchamp’s Large Glass in the March 2016 edition of Print Quarterly extends upon a case study from my PhD thesis and comments upon the […]


Print on the wall

Curated Traveling Exhibition: The purpose of this curation project is to bring Just Press Print, a cutting-edge group exhibition from the Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR) at the University of West England, Bristol (UWE, Bristol) to Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, MD; and to engage local, national, and international audiences through […]


Cocooning Cartography – a journey across a desktop

Jacked in, connected, online all the time …Cocooning! A mapping of yesterday’s desktop activity using the mouse tracking software Mouse Path.


Kickstarting a module

This academic year I had the pleasure of teaching into (then running) a 2nd year undergraduate professional practice module for UWE Illustration students. The majority of professional practice modules within the creative industries introduce students to a facet of their industry whilst enabling a broader understanding of professional life after University. This particular Illustration module had to […]


The world beyond the image

“One is playing with the world referred to by the image and the other world which is the image itself” Michael Craig Martin Some thoughts about Mr Martin’s observation on images and how they represent objects, albeit objects that we know primarily as images. Something interesting things about props: Many props are ordinary objects. However, […]


The Artist’s Multiple

Nicholas Sharp (of the Multiple Store) offers a succinct preview of the Print Edition and its cousin ‘the Multiple’. Good intro for next years students. 'THE ARTIST’S MULTIPLE…a brief history' by Nicholas Sharp, co founder of the amazing @MultipleStore http://t.co/krr5a97pin #edition #print — Paul Laidler (@palaidler) April 23, 2015


Fairing Well Redux:

Fairing well: Redux: Pu(bli)shing for Profit Publisher: Printeresting Co-authored: Andrew Super and Paul Laidler Continuing on the last installment’s theme of folk emerging from the Multiplied Art Fair at Christie’s (read more here), we’ll turn our sights away from the students and not-for-profits, and towards the ‘may-or-may-not-have-gone-to-school-onces’ and ‘yeah-we’d-really-like-to-turn-a-profits’. This means talking to publishers that have […]


Fairing Well

Fairing well: The university print publisher and its emerging artists Publisher: Printeresting Co-authored: Paul Laidler and Andrew Super                     The university as a producer and publisher of prints is not a new concept when we consider established US-based institutes such as Graphicstudio in Tampa, Florida, (part […]


something about text and image

‘The best metaphoric analogies were the ‘graphic’ where the writers words should cause the listener to see things’. Aristotle suggested that metaphor by proportion or analogy is most significant to the visual arts. Although the word graphic has a number of definitions I thought it would be interesting to begin locating analogies (within fictional texts) that make use of […]


Master’s of the Printverse

Collaborative Print Studio Project: On numerous occasions I have witnessed academics, artists, commentators and students make links between new print technologies and Science Fiction. Whether or not this is a light hearted connection it is undoubtedly a reoccurring phenomenon for example; Sci Fi and Print from Printeresting, Sci Fi inspired Workshops at MIT, RISD & Brown and Workshop […]


Copy Shop

It’s about print but it’s not a print: I think it is fair to say that we all have pivotal moments as artists / makers / printmakers – I’m referring to the liberating ones. For instance when we encounter a process, person or artwork that appears to hold our attention in such a way that it starts […]


Seditions Editions

Fine Art Editions but not in Print. s[edition] is an online gallery that sells screen based digital editions (video and stills) by a number of high profiled artists. Here the editioning practice embraces the inherent qualities of the digital medium and brings a further dimension to the artwork in multiple format – whilst enriching the […]


‘Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculpture to discover it’. Michelangelo More postdigital ruminations. Designer Gareth Neal combines traditional techniques and forms with modern technology. Neal’s work engages with his own personnel research (at Brighton University) into traditional processes and digital manufacture, with designs that engage with the […]