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Having been an art student through graduate school as well a teacher at undergraduate level, I have first hand experience of what is being taught in terms of health and safety in art classes. Unfortunately most art school class rooms would be shut down immediately if they were science labs. There is a strange assumption that artists and art students are cavalier adventurers willing to put their lives at stake for their research and discoveries. It is true we are cavalier. It is not true we want to die young, or encounter health issues. 

Many dangerous and toxic situations students and artists put themselves in can be easily averted by using less toxic materials and using best practices in the studio. It is only a matter of proper information. Resources like nontoxicprint are vitally important to the wellbeing and longevity of artists and art teachers. 

Willy Bo Richardson 

Your site,, has demonstrated exceptional dedication and leadership in the realm of non-toxic printmaking techniques and environmental issues. 

In today’s interconnected world, where global challenges demand collaborative solutions, your site has truly stood out as a beacon of progress. Their unwavering commitment to building a human network of researchers and artists has played a pivotal role in addressing the complexities of non-toxic printmaking techniques, transcending geographical boundaries, and fostering sustainable practices on a global scale.

Your tireless efforts have not only propelled research forward but have also facilitated the exchange of knowledge and ideas among experts, artists, and policymakers worldwide. Through your initiatives, we have successfully fostered a vibrant community, enabled collaboration, and created a platform for innovative thinking and collective action.

I extend my deepest respect and gratitude to everyone involved in the project.
And as one of the few specialists in the study of non-toxic printmaking techniques in Japan, I am pleased to be able to contribute through our collaboration.

Thank you once again for your invaluable contributions and for being at the forefront of positive change.

Shichio MINATO
Vice Dean/Professor
University of Fukui, School of Education


Nontoxicprint / Safe Painting / Hub: Health in the Arts is a very good resource on hazards in the  arts.   I used it frequently when I was  active in hazards in the arts.  

Michael McCann 

265 west 87th st., New York, NY 10024

I became interested in non-toxic printmaking around 2001. First, I was pleased to discover Keith Howard’s research in etching with photopolymer film. Soon after, I discovered the possibilities of acrylic resist etching by Friedhard Kiekeben. Since then, I have included these techniques in my own artwork. Including non-toxic processes to my printmaking practice has been good not just for my health but also to develop a meaningful artwork that otherwise it wouldn’t have looked the same.  

The nontoxicprint is the place where I have been feeding and refreshing my knowledge as a contemporary printmaker. The website offers a well organized archive of articles with all the relevant information about non-toxic printmaking. Also, being a contemporary printmaker you could feel isolated but thanks to the network created by nontoxicprint you can feel part of a worldwide community of artists with your similar interests. 

Nuria Melero, printmaking artist and educator based in Barcelona.  Main organizer of the ON PAPER International Printmaking contest.

Testimonial for Nontoxicprint resource.

As a visual artist and co-lead of Artlab Contemporary Print Studios in the UK, one of my main ambitions and drivers for the last 25 years has been to create a safe, innovative, and transdisciplinary studio where traditional and contemporary print practices sit side by side. 

The nontoxicprint website is a rich resource and has created a network of artists all contributing to a global conversation around safer practices for anyone using print. 

Such discourse is essential to maintain innovation and to equip practitioners and studios with the necessary information needed to create safe, creative, practical print studios. 

Friedhard’s significant research into safer processes and materials has enabled a continued development of his online platforms and vital link to an extended global creative network. 

Tracy Hill

Research Associate

Artlab Contemporary Print Studios

University of Central Lancashire



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