The materials used in screen printing have traditionally been some of the most difficult to deal with in terms of health and environmental hazards, so the development of water-based inks that produce results comparable to those of the familiar solvent-based systems is a welcome change. While the author, master printer-in-residence at the New York Institute of Technology's Screenprint Workshop, has produced a clear, affordable text suitable as an introduction to screen printing, the amount of space actually devoted to discussion of water-based systems could fit nicely in a pamphlet. The bulk of the book is devoted to a fundamental outline of the screen-printing process, and the good news seems to be that water-based inks haven't changed the basics in any significant way. The list of suppliers and the attention to water-based systems will be of some use to practitioners in the field; the rest of the book presents nothing new. Recommended for large graphic and fine arts collections and any collection with a need for a basic text on the subject.-Mark Woodhouse, Gannett-Tripp Lib., Elmira Coll., N.Y.
Artist, screenprinter, and teacher Henning (New York Institute of Technology Screenprint Workshop) explains the results of her two-year effort to work out the technical problems of switching from oil-based inks that require toxic solvents to water-based inks that are safer for the environment and the user. After a brief history of screenprinting, she explains the practicalities and techniques. A thorough, carefully prepared reference, abundantly illustrated. Includes a list of suppliers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)