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This website is an ongoing research project.
It aims to give an overview of some of the key issues
in safer practices in PRINT.
It does not claim to be definitive or complete.
New information and findings emerge on a regular basis.
Our aim is to present a more comprehensive
selection of views, topics, and positions
as more health-aware practices, ideas and innovations
are becoming the mainstream.
Our history: The first online resource SafePrintmaking.com was created in 2004 as an academic research project to help disseminate new findings in the field of 'nontoxic' printmaking. There were already many books on the market outlining the subject and its development, but it was quite clear that an online publication would reach a larger audience, facilitate searching, and be better suited to dealing with information that would need to be changed, added to, and updated at short notice.
In 2006 the site became a reality as an independent not-for-profit resource, and since that time it has grown enormously through contributions from artists, scientists, educators and many others, all of whom gave their information and articles freely to forward the debate on 'nontoxic' practice. Whilst mainly focusing on printmaking and showcasing printed art, the site also includes broader issues, and information on safer paints, binders, inks and solvents. This collaborative forum and resource tries to foster the cross-fertilization of ideas and approaches; it is not just about innovation, but also about tradition practiced more safely.
the following essays may give a glimpse of the scope and relevance of the subject,