"Valerie Thai is an art director, designer, illustrator and crafter from Vancouver, Canada. She specializes in work for non-profit, socially conscious and sustainable companies as well as creating her own line of art and stationary items. Prior to creating her own company, Cabin + Cub, she was the award-winning head designer and art director of Adbusters Magazine for 5 years running. "
why did you decide to use gocco?
"A friend of mine recommended it when my husband and I were thinking of making our own wedding invitations... so we got ours off ebay. We have both been addicted ever since. We have always wanted to silkscreen, but lack of studio space was also a factor."
what do you love about gocco?
"I love how its so easy to use and that I can use it in our apartment without making a huge mess. "
how do you feel about the death of gocco? Do you see any parallel to Polaroid film?
"Very sad... I am hoping it miraculously will get revived somehow. Yes, I think there is a parallel since both things are being replaced by newer technology, the digital camera and the photo printer... but I think I will miss the gocco more."
are you finding hacks or just using other print methods?
"Not very good with the hacks. I tried to clean the screens and re-use them awhile back, but it proved very unsuccessful. So now, I have been burning as many images as I can get onto one screen and then masking off areas."
are you squirreling away your dwindling gocco supplies?
"Isn't everyone? I'm trying to extend the life of the things I have left... they are getting pricier now, so I don't think I will actually be able to stockpile stuff."
have you seen an increase in demand for gocco prints now that they've discontinued the product?
"Not sure, since I bought the gocco after knowing it was discontinued ... yes, not a very smart consumer move, I guess, but I have gotten some good years out of it so far."