making sh!t for your girlfriend since 2007

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soon come

Craft Mart ~ Nov 8 (6pm - 11pm) & Nov 9 (11am - 7pm) ~ Hamilton Artists Inc. ~ 155 James Street North, Hamilton
Halifax Crafters Society Winter Market ~ Nov 30 & Dec 1 ~ Olympic Community Centre ~2304 Hunter Street, Halifax
City of Craft ~ Dec 14 & 15 ~ The Theatre Centre ~ 1087 & 1095 Queen Street West, Toronto

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Week 1: Printmaking (or, "Who you tryna get crazy with, esse? Don't you know I'm Gocco?")

The Labour Day project begins with an adventure in Gocco printing. I do not own one of these wonderful machines (essentially, it is a mini-screen printer, and it is awesome) but a lovely friend of mine very generously let me use hers. I didn't think the extremely fine script in my Eazy-E drawing would work out, but the screen came out perfectly, and it printed quite nicely onto a kraft brown Moleskine cahier. It's a bit splotchy, but that's most likely a result of my over-inking. I also used the Gocco to print out a new set of gift tags for next weekend's show. I first started making these last Christmas, using my good old clackety-clack Smith Corona to type each one out. Since then her ribbon has run dry and I haven't been able to find a replacement, so it was Gocco to the rescue. The beauty of this project was that even without the machine, I could continue to make prints at home just by inking the screen and running my credit card along the top - a technique I like to call Ghetto Gocco. I'm quite impressed with this little gadget, it has changed my life significantly.

1 comment:

Bora said...

Your talent is OB-SCENE.