The world is full of endless treasures. Staying curious and being open to new experiences is one of things that keeps me inspired. I never know what I might discover next that might open up a whole new world for me, and keeps me up all night excited to find out more. That’s what happened when I discovered the Risograph.
There have been some posts that show Risograph prints on DWL, here and here and here, I think I was probably exposed to things printed using one before but didn’t notice the whole movement and process behind it. I even organized a show in 2006 (which is how I met Kate!) around Gocco that is made by the same company but somehow was oblivious to their main product.
The thing basically looks like a regular photocopier which is why most people don’t realize the magic that lies inside of one.
Once I started researching it I began to find amazing things:
An article about the rise of Riso in Australia
An article in Eye Magazine
Hypnotizing videos of Risograph test prints
Paper Pusher’s awesome overprinting color chart:
An atlas by Issue Press that displays everyone in the Risograph art/zine community.
And endless inspiring images that show what you can do with these things:
I recently found a Risograph on craigslist for insanely cheap and have been having loads of fun experimenting with it:
The top spread is absolutely gorgeous. I wish I could read the text!