The first time I saw a Risograph I was looking for something on the internet. And I found Risograph. It was the quality of the Risograph art print that totally excited about the technique. On the one hand, it is like screen printing in that every colour needs its own template, but on the other it is like lithography, picking up fine, hand drawn details. But it is a machine based process. The way it crosses over between analogue and digital art making is inspiring. And it allows you to print wonderful text.
So after finding out about it I wanted to see the real stuff and to try it myself. At an art fair in London I touched my first prints. Back in Munich I tried to find a Risograph studio to work at. But they were everywhere but here. Berlin, Edinburgh, L.A..
After a lot of research I finally decided to buy my own machine to experiment with. It arrived. An A3 printer with a black drum. Starting off I made several books and posters, until I saved up and got more colours. Now I can print in green, blue, fluorescent pink as well as black.
Now that digital is everywhere, I want to return to hands-on processes. That's why I love Risography.
I was introduced to screen-printing as teenager when I was part of a theatre group where we did everything ourselves. We wrote plays, performed them and did all the publicity with screen-printed posters. Cutting paper stencils for my designs became second nature to me.
At art school in Sydney, I specialised in lithography, learning how to print images from stones. I did this again at the Künstlerhaus Steindruck lithographic printing workshop in Munich. I call lithography ‘Art Gymnastics’ because it requires lots of strength and physical stamina.
While living in Bogota, Colombia I did street mono printing by inking up things I found and printing them, like car tyres. These works were exhibited at the 1st Havana Print Biennal along with the works of other Colombian artists from Martes Colectivo who I was working with.
So, that was just the beginning. A lot of other things have happened in my artistic life since then. You can find out more on my artist website.