"Liza Ferneyhough is an illustrator living in San Francisco by way of England, Malaysia, and Austin. She loves drawing fairy tales and natural oddities, as well as wrestling with her gocco to produce same."
why did you decide to use gocco?
"I came across the We Heart Gocco show online and thought everything was beautiful. Also I reckoned gocco would be a good way to make original art that people who liked my work could afford easily. "
what do you love about gocco?
"The end result! I have to admit, I struggle a lot with the process -- blocked or wrinkly screens, inaccurate photocopiers, and dud lightbulbs make me want to jump out a window. But when I'm all done and see how lovely the prints turn out, I forget about the teeth-gnashings and tearings-of-hair."
how do you feel about the death of gocco? Do you see any parallel to Polaroid film?
"Their demises both make me miserable! Everything I like lately is going kaput. Strangely, letterpress seems to be getting more popular."
are you finding hacks or just using other print methods?
"I have a friend who keeps telling me to get over the poor, dead gocco and learn screenprinting, but buying all new supplies is a major bar to entry and rinsing large screens sounds annoyingly wet."
are you squirreling away your dwindling gocco supplies?
"My parents were living in Japan for a while and would send me supplies every so often that I would hoard. Now that they've moved back I've just been using them up, my logic being that if I save things nervously, I'll be too anxious to ever use them. Besides, I feel like you can't be too precious about things gocco. The little blue devil conspires for everything to go wrong, so it's pointless saving supplies for a perfect future print."
have you seen an increase in demand for gocco prints now that they've discontinued the product?
"Actually, no! I hope this as-yet mythical increase in demand happens when I've still got lots of prints to sell. ;)"