Gocco class with Printed Wonders

June 17th 2011katie

Print gocco class

Help, I think I’m addicted to craft classes. There’s just something about spending an evening making a mess (in someone else’s space), learning a new skill, meeting lovely people, and coming home with some ace handmade goodies that I just can’t resist. There’s usually cake and/or wine involved too which always helps.

Print gocco class
Print gocco class

My latest adventure was a print gocco class held by Xtina Lamb as part of the Printed Wonders exhibition at Clerkenwell’s Craft Central.

Print gocco class

Gocco is a Japanese-made home printing system which is a little like screenprinting but, in true Japanese fashion, much more neat and efficient. It comprises a plastic box with a lamp to expose your mesh printing screens, and a flippy screen inside in which you do the actual printing.

Print gocco class

Xtina gave us a rundown of the machine and some pointers on what kind of designs work best for gocco – they need to be solid blacks and whites and made of a carbon-based ink so that the mesh reacts correctly to create an exposure. You can use some home printers, photocopiers, riso pencils or Sharpie markers to create your art. I ran out of time to think of anything fun to print so just used the graphic I made for my blog…

Print gocco class
Print gocco class

The meshes come pre-loaded with photo-sensitive emulsion, so it’s just a question of loading up the machine and fitting the single-use bulbs in..

Print gocco class

Press to flash the bulbs, and the screen is done! Much easier than messing with emulsion and thermal imagers like normal screen printing. (Thanks Leona for taking this action shot – check out her blog post abut the class here.)

Print gocco class

You can print using the gocco itself too, but we used the squeegee method usually used for screen printing – it works great for gocco screens. After a few practice runs I had a little production line going…

Print gocco class
Print gocco class

I made some little promo postcards with my site logo, and also put it on some cute coloured notebooks. I’ll be popping some randomly into my Etsy shop orders until I run out!

Print gocco class
Print gocco class
Print gocco class

Some of my classmates’ work. I was pretty envious of Kat Hannaford‘s gorgeous hand-drawn kitty!

Print gocco class

Sadly gocco is a dying art because the Japanese company that makes the machines and materials has decided it isn’t commercially viable to produce them any more. So lots of people are snapping up supplies while they can – but a basic model with a good starter set of supplies can still be grabbed on eBay for around £150. You can also get supplies from this Australian site. I’m ever so tempted but do I really need another hobby?! (Yes, is the answer.)

If you fancy a try at gocco yourself, Xtina Lamb is running a day workshop on July 2nd, check out Facebook for details.

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Comments (11)

  • thrillofthechaise.com

    June 18th 2011 at 1:33 am

  • Alice

    June 18th 2011 at 2:26 am

    You can never have too many hobbies! The gocco is so cool, just reading the title of this post made me excited.

  • Melizza

    June 18th 2011 at 11:19 am

    So pretty! I miss my Gocco! It was a lifesaver during my wedding planning. I hope the supplies become more readily available since the need is obviously there.

  • Melanie K

    June 18th 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Wow, that seems much more efficient and much neater. I find regular screen printing really tricky, and hard to pick up if I haven't done it for a few months.
    Luckily the last screen prints that I did, looked better when they were patchy, but sometimes that clean edge is necessary.
    It's great that you are keeping up to date with new technologies after leaving university, your prints look very nice.

  • ollieandthegirl

    June 21st 2011 at 7:30 pm

    I've been reading about Gocco lately and I'm dying to try it out. Too bad it's being discontinued though.

  • Laura

    July 3rd 2011 at 6:56 pm

    This looks like a brilliant class, i'd love to try gocco printing!

  • Peachy Cheek

    July 4th 2011 at 6:03 am

    What a shame it's a dying craft! I gave always wanted to try it out! It sounds fun and a hobby I would love to do!

  • Vickie

    January 20th 2012 at 12:09 am

    I have an unopened Print Gocco machine and can’t decide if I should sell it or craft with it. With supplies running out, I am worried that this hobby will be short-lived or my prints will have to be like tattoos-ones that I will love FOREVER. With that said, do you think I should use it or pass it on?

    Also, my husband is a photographer. Do you think I could expose other compatible after-market Gocco screens with his camera strobe?


    1. Katie

      January 21st 2012 at 11:36 am

      Hi Vickie
      Personally I wouldn’t buy a gocco – the investment in all the kit isn’t worth the results to me. But once you have everything the cost per use is low. Get in touch with Xtina for more info, she’s happy to share her expertise and suppliers.

      I’m not sure about using photography flash strobes for exposing screens.. perhaps have a google to see if anyone else has tried it?

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