What Happened to the Print Gocco?

September 5, 2009


Yee Haw Ferris Wheel Gocco Art Card

Art produced on a Gocco printer on Etsy, link below

Okay, anyone remember the Print Gocco home silkscreen printing system from Japan?  How come they aren’t making this fabulous machine anymore?

If you don’t know about this device: the innovation was a film over the screen that provided a capillary delivery of the ink through the screen in such an efficient fashion that you can print 70-80 prints with just one inking.  The device is simple to use, can burn the image into the screen for the printing and also is the actual silkscreen printing device, too.  It was a clam shell affair so that to burn a screen, you would load a fresh screen into the holder with your image sandwiched to it, close the machine and just touch the handles together, FLASH! go some bulbs and viola: you have an image in the screen to print with.

Anyway, this process lends itself to making your own cards, art, and various other printed things as well as applying complicated resist patterns onto metal in preparation for etching.  Yes, I have two of them and am getting ready to start a project requiring using them…

There is a fabulous artist in Portland that uses a Gocco machine for lots of things.  Her name is Shu Ju Wang (www.fingerstothebone.com).  She prints limited edition artist books and prints as well as paints.  Her work is inspiring.    I’ve learned a lot from her about using the Gocco and have it in mind to print some of my own limited edition works, especially books.  I just have to get to it!

In the meantime, here are some great links to art produced on Gocco printers:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=29062651 (see art above)

http://nebopeklo.typepad.com/nebopeklo/gocco/

http://artsharkdesigns.blogspot.com/2009/05/gocco-process.html

OH OH!  ART SHARK???  Will this rouse our beloved Sharky Shark?  Maybe…

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