Print Gocco

Gocco high mesh workshopScheduled by request only
5 hours (+ lunch break)
Venue: INTRA
Suitable for ages 14+.
Class size 2 max
£75

Make a fine quality screen from your own artwork and print with oil-based inks using a Japanese Print Gocco machine. Create prints on paper in multiple colours, the screen will be yours to take away and continue printing with at home.

‘Hi-Mesh’ Gocco screens are used with thick oil-based Riso inks, and are great for keeping detailed lines, marks and textures. It’s a very popular method for making wedding invitations or small editions of fine art prints. Gocco artist Xtina Lamb will pass on all the tips you need to get beautiful results.

In this workshop you’ll expose a screen from your own artwork, then print onto blank greetings cards or paper. You can ink up multiple colours and print them all in one go with a pressing method, making the prints inside a Gocco machine.

Gocco machine with printed octopus design

Gocco printing with a paper mask

gocco hi-mesh inking up

Inking up a hi-mesh Gocco screen

Workshop includes:

  • Create and keep a hi-mesh Gocco screen
  • Use your own artwork, or source an image from the studio’s design library
  • Print onto paper and pre-cut cards
  • Compare Gocco machine models
  • Gocco troubleshooting tips
  • Learn registration methods (lining up the position of prints)
  • Look at examples of Gocco work by other artists

The class size is small so you’ll have individual attention, and all the materials are included in the price. No printing experience is necessary.

Booking

Please choose a payment method:

  • Pay by phone – call 01634 753299
  • Pay by cash or cards in person at INTRA

If you have any questions about the course or payment, please call or send us an email.

Cancellations

Please give us as much notice as possible if you are not able to come to a course that you have booked. If you cancel with seven or more days notice, we will reschedule or refund your booking. For cancellations less than seven days before the workshop date – we may be able to offer you a discount on a future booking, but please note that we have to cover space, preparation and tutor costs and if you cancel at the last minute we still have to pay for these.

Gocco hi-mesh workshop

Gocco hi-mesh workshop – prints made with single screen (seen on right)

Artwork

On booking you will be sent details of the types of artwork that work best with this system. You can bring along artwork to use or create or copy something on the day. The general rule is to use clear black and white lineart with good contrast, and avoid grey tones and shading. You can bring along images on a memory stick, or print outs at A6 (postcard) size. If you don’t have your own design to work with, you can pick something from the studio’s design library with hundreds of illustrated and vintage books.

Bees Gocco print - all the colours in this print are made in one go.

Bees Gocco print – all the colours are printed with a single screen.

What is Print Gocco?

Print Gocco is a small scale system for making short runs of about 200 or 300 postcard sized prints inside a machine that easily fits on a kitchen table. It is commonly used with oil based inks, but you can also make screens to print with water-based inks and a squeegee. The system uses a fine mesh (70 – 200 thread) with a heat sensitive coating and when it is exposed with carbon-based artwork, a stencil is created instantly. Gocco machines use flash bulbs that have to be discarded after use, but Riso Screenfax machines have bulbs that can be re-used thousands of times.

Print Gocco was hugely popular for home use in the 80s in Japan, where there is a tradition of hand making New Year’s cards. Sadly the production of machines and supplies has stopped and the future of Gocco is uncertain. Xtina Lamb is one of a handful of UK-based Gocco printers to run courses. She has collected equipment and supplies that will allow her to use the Gocco machines and run workshops for many years to come.

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