"I'm a wanderlusting graphic artist who's been working as a web designer for the past ten years. Currently I reside in London, England. I harbor a deep love and fascination with postcards."
why did you decide to use gocco?
"I bought my very first Gocco kit back in 2001, a blue B6 printer, mainly so I could create some custom greeting cards to send out to family and friends. Over time I started to get more ambitious with my Gocco projects both technically and aesthetically. I was actually turned on to the Gocco system a few years prior through a mutual friend that just happened to be giving a demo of it during a house party. I remember thinking the very first time I saw the Gocco in action was how magical it felt."
what do you love about gocco?
"What I enjoy most about the Gocco is it's flexibility and imperfectness. Even though I always aim to make tight editions with all my projects each print is truly unique with the Gocco because of all the nuances that creep in there during the process. Being able to print multiple inks at the same time is also extremely useful I find. Plus it's easy to setup, store and transport around so it's very convenient in those aspects."
how do you feel about the death of gocco? Do you see any parallel to Polaroid film?
"Until the very last related supply is exhausted I don't believe Gocco is truly dead just yet! The current community around it is very open, passionate, and resourceful. Interestingly, more people seem to discover it everyday and yet it's such a shame these newcomers have to learn in the same breath about the sad fact that RISO has decided to discontinue the product. In many ways its fate is similar to the demise of Polaroid film, yet I think there is more potential for the Gocco to live longer if some method of imaging the screen masters becomes more cost effective, provided an interested manufacturer steps up to continue production. But at this point I'm not holding my breath over it."
are you finding hacks or just using other print methods?
"Nah, I just use the Gocco and it's supplies straight up for the most part. I do reuse my screens a lot so I don't burn through them very fast and I always save excess ink for later use provided that there is a fair amount of it left over."
are you squirreling away your dwindling gocco supplies?
"Definitely! I've stocked up on supplies here and there in waves over the past few years so at the moment I have enough supplies to keep me busy with gocco printing for several more years at my current pace of output. In fact I just recently bought an unused PG-11 so I can register my prints better. It's kind of bittersweet actually."
have you seen an increase in demand for gocco prints now that they've discontinued the product?
"For the most part I think it's really just the visual appeal of the work itself that attracts the majority of interest in any given print, regardless of how it was produced. That being said, I have noticed the charm factor being quite high when you can drop "it was made with the Gocco" while showcasing a print to others. And if they're already in the know they understand just how precious it all really is right now."