:Risograph Printing 02
We finally had our first trial workshop with people from the public. They are a few friends we know personally, most of them are designers who have been practising for quite some time, some are involved in design education, others leading their own studio practices. One of them just came back from a workshop in the Netherlands. It was good fun and meaningful time not just for the sake of participating in this workshop, but also a get together, with lots of catching up to do. We are again glad to have them in that day, and it definitely helped us in getting a clearer view of where this workshop should work towards.
On a whole, the participants took every chance and opportunity to explore and experiment, without leaving any space for normality to occur. Although we expected that sort of engagement from the group, we were still surprisingly pleased with the response, and that also meant that we had to work doubly hard to keep up with all the test prints and questions.
One concern raised during the feedback was that the time spent on making the poster was significantly more than the time spent on printing with the Risograph. And if this workshop’s focus is to provide an introduction to Risograph printing, then by just having one go in printing a poster would not be enough for a fufilling experience with the Risograph. We thought this was a valid feedback and intend to look further into it.
We also observed that although most of them got straight into making, they did not start with a clear idea of what to create. Most of them made a variety of cut-out “elements” from the stack of materials, ending up only using a selection of those. This left a smile on our faces (or if not only mine), knowing that this observation confirmed our intention—to use the process of making to aid in image making, going through the process of trial and error to visualise things on paper, and to finally decide on only the necessary elements for composition of this poster.
:Risograph Printing 01
Workshop: A two-day workshop that introduces the Risograph as a potential print-making method through an analogue process of image making. Tools: Library of materials—Transparency sheets, Printed sheets of 4 black tints, Printed sheets of letters and words in various sizes / Stationery—Cutting mat, Penknife, Ruler, Scissors, Tape, Blue tack. Tasks: Create a two-colour poster that will be printed with the Risograph, using only the materials provided.
Having already developed the content for the Risograph Printing workshop, this pre-trial workshop was conducted among ourselves to familiarise with the workshop’s structure in preparation for the trial workshop next week, which will be conducted among a few friends.
Some of the feedback we attempted to get from the “participants” was that it was tricky trying to get started with making without any clear idea from a sketch, or that the process of trial and error in composition is a little more tedious compared to working with a software (where graphic elements can just be moved quickly at will). Although some of us were a little impatient about this, all of us felt that it was the way it should be. To slow down the process by working with our hands, taking time to think carefully before working directly on the transparency sheet. It was a lot more deliberate, as more consideration was put into every step.
With this pre-trial run, we look forward to the first workshop that will be conducted with the public (friends), and to proceed with documenting different responses to this analogue way of making, within boundaries of this exciting medium.