Miss Abigail Trujillo Vazquez

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  • Qualifications:BSc and MSc in Physics, Diploma in Art History
  • Position:Research Associate - Centre for Fine Print Research
  • Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries, and Education (ACE)
  • Telephone:+44117 965 6261
  • Email:Abigail.TrujilloVazquez@uwe.ac.uk

About me

Abigail joins the CFPR as a research associate to develop printing applications in the fields of the arts and heritage and is part of the ApPEARS (Appearance Printing European Advance Research School) project, a Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Network (MSCA-ITN). ApPEARS is focused on improving the design and reproduction workflows in traditional printing and 3D printing, by developing accurate measurements and reproduction of optical and material properties, modelling and controlling printing systems not only considering colour as a quality parameter but also the texture, translucency and gloss of surfaces.


She has a background in physics and art history, specialising in optics, spectroscopy, and heritage. Currently, she investigates how to enhance the features of printed media where the texture and surface structure strongly contribute to the image appearance and haptics.  Some of the aims of her research are to develop hybrid printing methods by adapting digital tools to analog photomechanical printing techniques, to increase the potential and applications of vector-based printing using a robotic arm, and to expand the uses of the printed image as a tool for engagement in collaboration with cultural institutions and diverse audiences.


In her Ph.D. in Art Media and Design, she reviews through printmaking and 2.5D printing, the materiality, and symbolism of archaeological records and the poetics of ancient texts and images, in order to weave contemporary narratives of the Americas before the contact with European societies. The project will explore the potential of the haptic image for engagement and, in connection to actual problematics, raising concern about endangered heritage and ecosystems, identity, and territory. 

Area of expertise

Optics, colour, archaeology, 2.5D printing, mesoamerica.


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