Jul 232015
 

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Issue Press is a small independent publishing house and print shop based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. Founded in 2010 by George Wietor, Issue Press has produced artist publications, editions, and various other printed matter using the Risograph digital duplicator.

George has been recognized for playing a key role in organizing and sharing knowledge about the arts-based Risograph community and the machine itself. His self-initiated project Stencil.wiki is an online resource that consists of an interactive atlas of artists, designers and printers who use the Risograph; a compilation of art book fairs, zine fests, and comic book events; and resources for machine troubleshooting. Last November he presented at the first international Riso Expert Meeting at the Van Eyck Acadmie in the Netherlands on the theme of Mapping Risography: Building an International Community of Printers.

George’s next printing project through Issue Press is Poster Show from July 31-August 9, a Risograph poster series co-released with Hey CCOOLL and hosted by Huis Haas, in Antwerp, Belgium.

Here’s what George had to say about his work:

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 Posted by on July 23, 2015 Artist Profiles No Responses »
Jul 032015
 

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Wow – it’s hard to believe we’re celebrating 10 years in 2015.

We’re throwing a summer party to celebrate on Saturday July 11 in Ottawa at Galerie SAW Gallery.

Won’t you join us?

Advance tickets here.

What: Spins & Needles 10-Year Anniversary Party
When: Saturday, July 11, 2015, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Where: Galerie SAW Gallery (67 Nicholas Street), Ottawa
Tickets: $10 + tax in advance (+ $1 processing fee). Buy them online here (more info below). Or $15 at the door.
Cash bar, 19+

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Jun 082015
 

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COLPA is a San Francisco-based publishing company, a design firm and a print shop, and the collaborative art practice of David Kasprzak and Luca Antonucci. Founded in 2010 by Luca and Carissa Potter, Colpa started as a way to sell their own print work. They turned to Risograph printing initially because of its affordability and practicality.

Now, the studio invites artists to work with them on an original project, whether that takes the shape of a publication, an object or an exhibition. Colpa has exhibited with SFMOMA at the FOG Design + Art Fair, the NY Art Book Fair at PS1 MoMa, the LA Art Book Fair at the Geffen Contemporary MOCA, the Kadist Foundation and the Headlands Center for the Arts. Their upcoming publications are a collaboration with Mads Lynnerup that will, in part, burst in to flames upon reading, as well as a new book of original artwork by Matt Borruso.

Here’s what Luca had to say about their work:

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 Posted by on June 8, 2015 Artist Profiles No Responses »
Jun 052015
 

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Prints & Inks 2015: Risograph Edition is here!! Opening night is this Friday, June 5.

: OPENING NIGHT DETAILS ::
When: Friday, June 5 from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Where: Possible Worlds (708G Somerset St. W., Chinatown, Ottawa. Top floor of the plaza between Cambridge and Arthur Streets)
Resident DJ Jason Skilz will be spinning underground beats.
View the artworks in the gallery, find out more about the Risograph machine, as well as Spins & Needles first Risograph publication, Noise in NYC.

:: FOLLOW THE SHOW ALONG HERE ::
Web: www.spinsandneedles.com | www.possibleworldsshop.com
Twitter x Instagram: @spinsandneedles | @possworldsshop
Hashtag: #PrintsandInks
Facebook: Spins & Needles | Possible Worlds

See you there!

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Jun 022015
 

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Gabriella Marcella is a graphic artist who adorns objects and surfaces with colour and playful patterns. She layers varying shapes, typography, colour, and textures to create movement within a flat surface, and using pattern as a tool to transform shape. She is also director of RISOTTO, a studio specializing in design and Risograph printing based in Glasgow, Scotland.

A recent graduate of the Glasgow School of Art with a degree in graphic design, Gabriella founded RISOTTO in 2012 while still a student. She has exhibited internationally and has most notably designed for Urban Outfitters, Dr Martens, Bloomberg and the BBC. She recently participated in Pick Me Up 2015 at Somerset House in London, showcasing a new line of stationery and collaborations in home furnishings and apparel.

Gabriella designs for installation, print, web, moving image and fashion, but  it is the Risograph printing process that founded her practice and influences her designs the most.

Here’s what she had to say about her work.

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 Posted by on June 2, 2015 Artist Profiles No Responses »
May 272015
 

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Launched in 2014, Knuckles & Notch is a new Risograph print and publishing studio based in Singapore founded by by Dhojhan (Djo) Hanapi, Marilyn Yun Jin and Muhammad Izdi, and now run by Joe, Marilyn and other collaborators. It was a serendipitous walk through the New York Art Book Fair and visits to Risograph studios in London that inspired them to start their own studio, centred on a relatively unknown printing machine in Singapore.

As part of their mission, Knuckles and Notch aims to elevate the profile of Risograph printing as a fine art practice in Singapore and beyond. They also provide a platform for local talent to produce and showcase their work to the public in a published form. A year into their company, they are well on their way: they’ve printed the work of dozens of artists (with themes ranging from political icons to sexuality to pop culture); organized Risograph-based exhibits; and provided hands-on Risograph workshops to design students.

Here’s what they had to say about their work.

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 Posted by on May 27, 2015 Artist Profiles No Responses »
May 252015
 

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Clay Hickson is a freelance illustrator living in Chicago, USA. He is also the owner/operator of Tan & Loose Press, a publishing platform centered around the Risograph which specializes in printing limited edition prints and art books. Using both analog (pencil) and digital tools, he is recognized for his vibrant, colourful works which reference pop culture, the 1980s, geometry and still life. His past clients include Bloomberg View, The Fader Magazine and Editorial Magazine. Clay’s latest project is the recent release of Tan Lines 3, which builds on previous publications featuring the work of leading graphic artists and designers from around the world in Risograph form.

Here’s what he had to say about his work.

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 Posted by on May 25, 2015 Artist Profiles No Responses »
May 192015
 

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Like last year’s Prints & Inks, we’ll be profiling the amazing artists, designers, studios and presses who are participating in this year’s Risograph edition.

First up we fittingly start with Knust, a pioneer of the stencil machine printing technique for art and publishing processes, including the use of the Risograph and its forerunner, the mimeograph. Knust is an artist-run publishing organization and print workspace based in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, led by Jan Dirk de Wilde and later joined by Joyce Guley and others. It is also the name of the graphic department of artist-run organization Extrapool. Ask publishers and practitioners who have  been using the Risograph for several years now, and they will likely point to visiting the Knust workspace or viewing the work of Knust as a huge influence on their own Risograph work.

We were lucky enough to have Knust participate in an in-depth interview. Here’s what they had to say about their work: Continue reading »

 Posted by on May 19, 2015 Artist Profiles No Responses »
May 152015
 

blog-poster_printsandinks_risograph-jun052015Mark your calendars! This June is the return of Prints & Inks.

This year, we’re taking a different approach with our graphic art show, Prints & Inkswith the opening of our pop-up space, Possible Worlds, and Spins & Needles 10-Year Anniversary in 2015.

We’ll be bringing a series of shows to you featuring creative talent from Canada and beyond.

Our first gallery show is focused on the Risograph printing machine.

The Risograph produces prints similar to silkscreened prints, and is ideal for creative content produced in multiples, such as zines, art books, posters, flyers and album covers. A relative newcomer to the printmaking world, the Risograph is quickly becoming a definitive creative tool for artists, designers, presses, studios and institutions.

Visit the Prints & Inks 2015: Risograph Edition page to check out the amazing roster of leading artists, studios and presses from around the world who use the Risograph in their practice who will be featured in the show. We will also be posting artist profiles on the blog leading up to and during the show.

If you attended Prints & Inks in 2012 and 2014,  you won’t want to miss this.

 

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