The development of large-scale digital print and it's relationship to the functional and ornamental in architecture

Johns, Myfanwy (2006) The development of large-scale digital print and it's relationship to the functional and ornamental in architecture. PhD thesis, University of Gloucestershire.

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This practice-led research explores the principles of the following statement by the British Art Historian, E.H Gombrich (1909-2001 ), in relation to computer generated imagery and digital industrial print processes and their application to architecture. "Architecture must be the test for any theory concerned with the decoration of manmade structures, for it is here that the fruitful tension between functional and ornamental hierarchies can be studied on any number of levels. "1 The research began with an examination of how digital print can enrich the range of tonal colour and texture available to traditional Fine Art print. In doing so, it examined how repetition that is central to Fine Art Printmaking is augmented through the digital processes. This demonstrated how the increased availability of commercial industrial print machines and the range of printable substrates could change the nature and scale of an image and therefore the eventual artwork and its application. This opened up the possibilities of increased scale in printed imagery and the opportunity of examining how print on an extensive scale could relate to the built environment for wall and floor surfaces. It was noted that the dynamics of scale are also important in relation to the ability of digital industrial print to enlarge imagery over extensive surfaces, using the computer to modify and manipulate images from the micro to the macro scale. For instance, a three centimetre digital image can be enlarged to a thirty centimetre square print for domestic display and similarly extended to fifty metres over an exterior wall. The outcome of the research demonstrates that the colour and pattern available to large-scale digital print can be particularly relevant to architectural applications that involve functional and ornamental hierarchies. The research concludes with a series of architectural case studies including models and three-dimensional forms, created and influenced by two-dimensional print. These case studies explore and subsequently establish that large-scale print can be used as the basis for creating a fruitful tension between function and ornament.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Digital print; printmaking; built environment; architecture
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Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creatives
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2022 13:36
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:24

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