"Jessica Gonacha loves carrots, but not as much as she loves designing surface patterns and painting. Illustrating with vibrant colors and quirky characters, Jessica dreams in technicolor and lives in neon. Currently working as a freelance designer, Jessica believes patterns can be found everywhere. Even in her favorite orange veggie."
why did you decide to use gocco?
"A friend of mine had a gocco printer, and I had never seen one before. I was instantly hooked when she showed me how it worked, and I had to get one myself!"
what do you love about gocco?
"I love how quick and simple the process is. You can create multiple prints in such little time, and it's very satisfying."
how do you feel about the death of gocco? Do you see any parallel to Polaroid film?
"It makes me *really* sad to know that gocco machines are not manufactured anymore. I just don't understand it- don't they realize there's been such a resurgence in people's interest in gocco over the past several years? It seems that as things are becoming more digital, the more hands-on processes are slowly dying out, so yes, I do see a parallel to the end of Polaroid film for sure."
are you finding hacks or just using other print methods?
"I haven't tried any hacks yet, although I have collected a few tutorials on alternate ways to make screens, etc. Really I just haven't been making new prints recently. I'm curious to try the new Yudu machine, which seems sort-of similar to gocco."
are you squirreling away your dwindling gocco supplies?
"Yes! I don't have many left at all, and the ones that are still out there are so expensive that I haven't bought any in a while. I'm waiting to use the ones I have until I have a really great idea for a print, I think!"
have you seen an increase in demand for gocco prints now that they've discontinued the product?
"Maybe... I'm not sure. I've been selling a good amount of gocco prints, but I haven't really equated it to the discontinuation. Maybe it is related, but I think it's hard to say, for me at least."