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Hahnemühle Certified


The Hahnemühle Certified Studio program is created to support professional print providers to achieve and maintain excellence in art reproduction, digital art and photographs.

A Certified Studio has been accredited by one of our technicians after a training session and assessment has been completed. Among many criteria, the studio must have an advanced education level regarding archivability/longevity of their prints, with full competence in fine art inkjet printing workflow. They must fully implement the Colour Management workflow.

Instructional orientation is conducted during an on-site visit by one of our technicians. The objective is to increase efficient printing workflow, accurate colour management, and correct print handling practices that will assure consistent high-quality output.

Each Certified Studio receives ongoing direct support, training and workshops, profiling services and product information directly from us at Hahnemühle FineArt.

Artists actively seek out a Certified Studio because they can rely on the business to provide consistent quality in all production steps from trained employees. Most importantly, they would receive assured archivability of all prints made on Hahnemühle Digital FineArt media and a consistent print quality

Criteria of Certification

  • advanced education level with regard to archivability / longevity
  • competence in FineArt Inkjet Printing Workflow
  • fully Implementation of the Colormanagement Workflow
  • standardized light color matching conditions
  • softproof-Possibilities
  • knowledge of the non-destructive image processing
  • proper usage of stated fine art inkjet printers
  • usage of Hahnemühle FineArt media

Benefits of being a Customer of a Certified Studio

  • Consistent quality in all production steps
  • Assured archivability of all prints
  • Reproducible consistent print quality
  • Trained employees
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Hahnemühle “Vegan friendly” Bamboo Paper

Hahnemühle Bamboo is the first paper quality in the Hahnemühle Traditional FineArt* Collection made of Bamboo fibres. Hahnemühle Bamboo paper also has a Certificate of Conformity to show that is it vegan friendly. This means that the Hahnemühle Bamboo SketchPaper and Mixed Media Paper for traditional working artists does not contain raw materials from animal sources or gene-modified sources. Therefore this media is perfect for artists that care about how their lives have an impact on the lives of animals. 

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Hahnemühle Bamboo (MatteFineArt smooth)

-         90% Bamboo Fibre& 10% Recycled Cotton.  The cottonrag, it’s naturally acid-free, light-resistant, and features extreme longevity

-         The Cotton isrecycled at the mill from roll ends and edge cuts – no outside papers; nopossible contamination!

-         Money from sales donated to environmental projects around the world

-         Vegan Certifiedby German Officials

In a nut shell, the Hahnemühlemill has been certified vegan by German officials, and this paper is sized witha starch sizing, with no animal proteins or gelatins.  


The Arty Vegan Facebook Group

Leigh Sanders, the creator of‘The Arty Vegan’ Facebook group explains more aboutveganism and traditonal art: “Veganism is defined by Wikipedia as ‘the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, as well asfollowing an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of sentientanimals’. They go on to say, ‘The term ethical vegan is often applied to thosewho not only follow a vegan diet, but who extend the vegan philosophy intoother areas of their lives and oppose the use of animals or animal products forany purpose’. Vegans care deeply about the environment and the lives of othersentient beings. Transitioning to veganism starts with looking at what you eat,giving up all foods that contain meat, eggs, dairy products, honey, etc…

Anything and everything that was once alive is nolonger a foodstuff. A person with an ethical vegan mindset will then also startquestioning the impact their day-to-day lives have. The clothes they wear(leather, fur, silk, etc), the cleaning products and toiletries they use (manyare tested on animals), cosmetics (many contain animal-by products) and soforth. As an artists, we want to use art products that are in sync with ourvegan principles.  For example :

·        Watercolour papers that are not sized using gelatin

·        Indian ink that doesn´t contain a shellac binder

·        Sepia ink that isn´t made from squid and cuttle fishink

·        A full range of black pigments that are not made from charred animal bones, as in bone charcoal

·        Red paint pigments that are not made from ground upcochineal beetles

·        watercolour paints that don´t contain oxgall

·        Artists’ pencils that don´t contain bees wax

·        canvases that haven´t been sized with rabbit-skin glue

·        natural Gesso that doesn´t contain gelatin

·        paintbrushes that are not made from animal hair like sable, squirrel, mongoose, horse and pig hair, to name a few.

To a person that cares deeply how their lives affectthe lives of animals, this information is disconcerting and deeply unsettling.Our art is an extension of who we are, and needs to therefore reflect ourethics. How can we in good conscience paint a masterpiece knowing the materialwe use indirectly caused the death of animals and insects? We can’t. We needvegan art material, quality art material at an affordable price so that we cancreate and express ourselves freely.’ You can read more from Leigh Sanders onthe following blog

*FineArt printing is also referred to as Giclée printing, the word comes from the French verb “Gicler”,meaning “to squirt” or “to spray” – exactly what is done in an inkjet printer.  The term was invented to differentiate the high quality work from expensive Iris inkjet machines that, at the time, costover $150,000