Carinna Parraman

Carinna is Professor of Design, Colour and Print, Director of the Centre for Fine Print Research University of the West of England Bristol, and Chair of the Impact Multidisciplinary Printmaking Conference.

She is a specialist in colour printing for art and industrial applications, history of photomechanical printing, and colour theory and perception. Spanning the fields of art, design, the craft of the digital, science and technology, her research includes colour measurement, photomechanical methods for image making, RGB special-effect pigments and colour separation for printing on black paper, 2.5D printing and tactile interfaces for visually impaired.  Her recent book entitled, 2.5D Printing Bridging the Gap Between 2D and 3D Applications, is published by Wiley (2018) which explores the diversity of our material culture and heritage, and how this knowledge can be used to design and develop new methods for texture printing.

She has been scientist for a number of pan-European projects, including CREATE (2006-10) (Colour research for European advanced technology employment), CP7.0 (Colour Printing 7.0: Next Generation Multi-Channel Printing) http://cp70.org (2011-2017), and more recently ApPEARS (Appearance Printing European Advanced Printing School) https://www.appears-itn.eu (2018-2022)

She has been principal investigator for a range of AHRC and InnovateUK funded research projects, and in recognition for the Centre’s cross-disciplinary research excellence, has recently gained funding from Research England’s ‘Expanding Excellence in England’ (E3). Carinna is now leading a team of researchers from fine art print, photography, robotics, electronics, software, manufacturing, materials science and nanotechnology.