"Katydid Paper Goods is run out of my home in Wellington, New Zealand. I started Katydid just over 2 years ago to add another dimension to my life as an at-home mum to 2 lovely boys. Inspiration comes mostly from a love of old stuff - children's books, nature books, stationery, figurines, kitchenalia, early technology.... plus I love fonts, colours, music, NZ, good coffee, good humour, and a good chinwag."
why did you decide to use gocco?
"I had seen some Gocco work online and loved the way it looked, so started to read up about it. A few days later I came across a box full of barely touched, early Gocco machines and inks for sale on a local online auction site so i was able to buy all the gear super cheaply, and give it a go with little financial outlay... unfortunately it all sat in a cupboard for a year before I got around to experimenting. I wish I had started sooner. "
what do you love about gocco?
"I love the simplicity of Gocco (i was a screenprinting course dropout in my youth), and that it is so compact. Gocco works well in the limited space available at home, and being able to work from home means it is easier for me to be a mum and run a business. Mostly I love the imperfection of Gocco prints, they have such a distinct hand printed look to them, plus I'm not at all good at perfection!"
how do you feel about the death of gocco? Do you see any parallel to Polaroid film?
"It's hard to accept there's no way for big companies to downsize their operations to meet reduced demand, rather than potentially kill these art forms off forever... it is sad and frustrating."
are you finding hacks or just using other print methods?
"I'm mostly in denial that supplies are going to run out. I do checks around the internet sometimes to see what what other inks or alternatives people are experimenting with, but so far I haven't attempted anything different myself. I've got ideas in the back of my mind for the future, but right now I'm still utterly in love with Gocco and feel like I've only just begun discovering what I can do with it. "
are you squirreling away your dwindling gocco supplies?
"I have to order all my Gocco supplies from overseas, and we have a pretty rubbish exchange rate in NZ, so I haven't been able to stockpile as much as I'd like. I am saving my pennies right now for a big buy-up, which will hopefully see me through for a couple of years. "
have you seen an increase in demand for gocco prints now that they've discontinued the product?
"I've noticed that more people seem to be aware of Gocco nowadays, so I'm sure that is reflected in the demand for prints. I even know of a few people wanting to buy their first Gocco machines, so regardless of its limited lifespan, it seems plenty of people are attempting to keep Gocco alive and kicking for as long as possible."