Friday, 9 May 2008

Gocco print number one

Gocco printing machines are very exciting. The screens and bulbs can only be used once so there's a lot of pressure to do everything right. My first attempt went quite well, despite my problems trying to understand the instructions, which were a mixture of bizarre diagrams and Japanese captions.

The printer's popularity in Japan has waned somewhat in a recent years, and Riso have stopped producing them. They were originally marketed as a family printing machine for cards, wedding invitations and the like. Now a PC and printer easily beats the messy inking process and fiddly paper sizing for convenience. Like most obsolete machines, they have developed a cult following in Australia and America and a strong online community who share tips and help each other locate diminishing supplies. Check out for further information.

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