Melissa Olen

Melissa Olen
Centre for Fine Print Research, University of the West of England


Melissa holds a BFA in Photographic Illustration from the Rochester Institute of Technology and an MA in Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking from the University of the West of England. Additionally, her professional work experience has covered extensive work in image preparation and print production in the photographic, fine art, and commercial markets. Melissa joined the Centre for Fine Print Research at the University of the West of England in September 2012 as a research associate to work on the EU funded project Colour Printing 7.0: Next Generation Multi-Channel Printing. She is currently undertaking a PhD in investigating physical output methodologies for the visual arts using multi-channel inkjet printing.

Themed Panel (Suggested)

Artist Influenced Approaches for Colour Reproduction in Inkjet Printing
Considerable advancements have been made in aqueous inkjet technology for the fine art market, yet there are still significant opportunities to investigate ulterior digital workflows that specifically address the requirements of the artist. My research investigates multi-channel inkjet printing methods – a term to describe the process of printing more than the four colour channels of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. This approach deviates from standard colour management workflows and incorporates artist colour mixing principles relevant to traditional print processes through direct n-channel printing, allowing for the demand of specific ink colourants to be employed in printing. Artists will subsequently be able to mix colour by direct combinations of the printer’s primary inks, by overriding the printer driver’s colour mixing algorithms. Furthermore, it investigates how modifications to the print workflow can influence the reproducible colour gamut for artist prints through the development of bespoke inkjet printing methods. Through collaboration with practicing artists, the processes developed in the research will aim to identify the practical capabilities and limitations for producing desired colour in the printed output of artists’ work. The objective is to create novel approaches for inkjet printing to address current limitations of the technology