The Art Station are the proud owners of a fantastic Risograph printer, and we’re very pleased to have artist Georgia Green as our resident printmaker.

We’re currently offering two afternoon CMYK Risograph Workshops on Wednesday 24th May and Friday 26th May, 1 – 4 pm. 

Scroll down to learn more about Risograph printing and Georgia’s work, and follow the links below to book onto the next induction or workshop.

What is Risograph printing?

RISO is the name of both a printer and ink company from Japan – developed in the mid 1980s, it means ‘ideal’ in Japanese. Riso ink is soy or rice based and ideal for high-quality colour printing at an affordable price.

In the 1980s it revolutionized short-run prints for places like schools, churches, and businesses; for anyone looking to print duplicates between 50 to 10.000 copies. But as technology developed and coloured ink jet printing became cheaper, the need for a Risograph in the workspace plummeted.

However, in recent years its use as an artist tool has substantially increased, mainly because of the opportunities it gives for self-publishing as well as the vibrant colours the machine is known for.

As a process it’s similar to creating layered screenprints, but you can also print directly from a computer and create interesting colours by layering tones in different densities and orders.

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Georgia Green

Since graduating with a BA in Fine Art: Painting and Printmaking from Glasgow School of Art in 2018 Georgia Green has focused on low-carbon fine art within her practice. She runs a printmaking business which is committed to championing sustainable duplication processes such a Risography (Riso), a mechanised form of stencil printing which uses vastly less CO2 than the average digital printer. While she primarily uses contemporary mechanisms of reproduction within her commercial practice, Georgia’s knowledge of traditional printmaking strongly informs her mark-making processes. With each new edition she generates an organic and intuitive creative dialogue, designed to challenge the stereotypical view of Riso as a ‘pop’ and ‘kitsch’ medium. Through this exchange she highlights the subtle possibilities of colour and texture that can be achieved using sustainable soya-based inks, and bridges the divide between fine art duplication processes and more accessible printmaking mediums.

Georgia’s mission during her time at The Art Station is one of community outreach. Through a series of pop-up workshops, inductions and open-access sessions she aims to spread her knowledge surrounding sustainable printmaking, and develop a long-term relationship between the local community and the Riso print studio. Riso as a medium of expression has vast potential. Alongside the production of affordable art prints, Riso is often associated with activism and zine-making. It also remains one of the most eco-friendly ways to mass products pamphlets, posters, flyers and leaflets.

Find out more about Georgia’s work via the link below:

Georgia Green website