Oct 062015


Our first solo graphic art show at, Possible Worlds, is Orientations, featuring the work of Toronto-based illustrator Vanessa (“Ness”) Lee. Ness is a recent graduate from OCAD University in Toronto, but in a few short years has become recognized for her distinctive illustration style and subject matter. Selected as a top illustrator by American Illustration, Society of Illustrators and CMYK magazines, Ness has shown at exhibitions and fairs in Canada and internationally. Her work has also appeared in publications such as Lucky Peach, BUST and Maisonneuve.

Ness’ illustrations, ceramics and prints at first glance can be viewed as playful and humorous renditions of familiar Asian icons, from sumo wrestlers to lucky cats to noodle bowls. A closer look reveals a body of work that explores the complex relationship between self and one’s place in contemporary culture and society.

In her show Orientations, Ness draws on her personal experiences – negotiating what it means to be Hakka-Chinese Canadian, a person of colour, an artist, a young female, a daughter – to portray multifaceted characters, often in vulnerable positions and contexts.  At the same time, Ness subtly brings attention to and challenges traditional perceptions of Asian beauty, sexuality, nudity and power, bringing together pieces of her cultural heritage to create a strong and candid visual narrative of her own.

Orientations is on view from September 19 and has been extended to October 18 at Possible Worlds.

Here’s what Ness had to say about her work: Continue reading »

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Jul 232015

Photo from The Tiny Report

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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Jun 082015


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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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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May 272015


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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May 252015


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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May 192015


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, who was 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 »

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Aug 132014


Next in our Prints & Inks artist profile series is Drew Mosley, a self-taught illustrator, painter and heritage carpenter. Drew’s work reflects his passion for and wonderment with the natural world, from creating fantastical creatures to large-scale woodworking buildings and projects. His inital interest in illustration was sparked through skateboarding and street art as a teenager; it was in his early twenties when he began to foster his art practice. Since then, Drew’s work has been shown in Montreal, Vancouver, Greece and his hometown of Ottawa, where he actively contributes to shaping the local creative scene, including hosting drawing nights, and creating commissioned installations and pieces for local businesses and initiatives, combining both illustration and woodworking practices.

Here’s what he had to say about his work: Continue reading »

Jul 292014


Next to be featured as part of our Prints & Inks artist profiles is Elyse Moir, a printmaker, arts facilitator and recent graduate from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design (NSCAD). Her decision to pursue a creative career came several years out of high school, inspired by her love of visual culture as a teenager frequenting the local Halifax music scene. Integral to Elyse’s practice is community, collaboration and curation,  including organizing and participating in local group shows and events such as NSCAD’s printmaking student showcase Hot Prints, A BETTER PLACE print and sculpture show, Nocturne Halifax and Artist for the Day. Along with Merle Harley (also a Prints & Inks featured artist), she was nominated for a NSCAD student award for Cancon: A Practical Guide to Canada, Volume I, their collaborative printed work that reflects on Canadian nationalism, cultural icons and contemporary politics.

Here’s what she had to say about her work: Continue reading »

Jul 112014


Next up in our Prints & Inks artist profiles is Andrew Benson, a designer, art director, illustrator and screenprinter based in Edmonton. Originally planning to go to school as a chef, his roots in the local DIY/punk scenes led him to pursue a creative career in graphic arts and communications, currently as art director for the ad agency Free, and freelance designing gig poster and album art for bands around town. Inspired by silly comics, photocopied textures, slimy creatures, wobbly lines and scribbled type, Andrew enhances the punk aesthetic of his illustrations through the limitations and imperfections of the screenprinting medium. He was awarded an an Applied Arts 2013 Illustration award for Editorial Illustrations.

Here’s what he had to say about his work: Continue reading »