In this 8 week course you will learn about the possibilities of RISO printing and create your self-published booklet / zine. The whole process of creating, printing and binding will be covered.
RISO can be described as the digital counterpart of silk-screen printing, similar but also very different.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS COURSE WILL BE IN ENGLISH AND/OR IN DUTCH
What is RISO?
Risograph printing is a technique best described as a ‘digital screen printing’. The process is similar to screen printing, but with the convenience of an office copier. It’s known for its vivid colours (that other printers can’t produce) and its specific textures. These machines deliver ‘perfect imperfections’ and provide a cheap and easy method for reproducing work at large quantities, like posters, prints and zines.
And, last but not least: RISO is environmentally friendly: vegetable-based ink which is made from rice bran oil, it is energy efficient, with no harmful emissions and minimal waste.
What will you learn in the course RISO printing?
First you will get to know about the riso printer and its possibilities and play around with it.
Then you will get tips and tricks on storytelling and how to plan and organize your zine or booklet (a zine is a ‘small’ magazine).
As the RISO printer makes a master (like a silk screen) it is fun to collaborate with the other students and use each other’s designs.
You will make a composition for you book and design it. It can be done by hand or using one of Adobe’s apps: Indesign / Photoshop or Illustrator. You will be preparing your design to be printed with the RISO machine. You will learn how to collate your booklet or zine, prepare and plan the printing process, the actual printing and cutting and hand stitch binding.
Is RISO printing for you?
This course is for everyone who wants to make a publication and is interested in the possibilities of RISO. It it suited to beginners but also people who are more advanced. It can be done completely by hand or you can use your favorite application to prepare the files to be printed.
What do you need for RISO printing?
All materials are included. If you want to work digitally you should have a computer with one of the Adobe applications: Indesign / Photoshop / Illustrator. During class you may borrow a MacBook Air from MK24.