GROUNDED PRINTSHOP is an interdisciplinary, contemporary print and paper making shop located in Erie’s Little Italy neighborhood, opening in September 2019. Grounded lives in a 4,400 sq/ft warehouse space and provides access to a range of tools and resources, including but not limited to: Papermaking, letterpress, etching, dye cutting, silkscreen, studio space, residencies + classes.
We advocate for ethically and sustainably sourced practices and materials so we can minimize our impact on the environment.
Our goal is to offer a safe, creative and collaborative space for a broad demographic of individuals regardless of their experience, creed, gender, or race; Be it the individual practicing artist or the community at large, we want to build upon Erie's rich community and history while also being an active participant in the conversation.
We are dedicated to maintaining a safe and healthy print-shop facility for our staff, users, and visitors.
+ The use of Copper Sulfate and Ferric Chloride etchants instead of acids for intaglio etching
+ The use of oil, vinegar, Estisol 242 and Soysolv II as cleaners replacing toxic cleaners and solvents
+ The use of water-based screen printing inks
+ The reuse and remixing of inks
+ A paper recycle box for continuous use with scratch/proofing cover sheets
+ Recycling bins for plastic and aluminum throughout the shop
+ The use of a biweekly rag service (to reduce the use of paper towels)
+ A health-and-safety campaign with pronounced signage in the shop
+ Programming green printmaking classes
+ The continual research and development of new approaches and techniques and processes to be brought to the shop and taught to new audiences