Print Gocco is yet another example of the wonderful Japanese crafty + techy streak. It’s a nifty little screen-printing system that’s all self-contained and really easy to use. Unfortunately, Riso, the company that makes it, recently announced that they’re discontinuing it.
Save Gocco will hopefully change their mind. If you’re a Gocco-ist, make sure to go sign their petition/guestbook. The site also has a great list of Gocco resources, including where you can still get supplies. As for the units themselves, the last online shop selling them to US customers finally sold out, and they’re now going for over $200 on eBay.
Although Riso claims they have enough supplies to last 3 years, people are already trying to figure out replacements in anticipation of the inevitable stoppage (some of the ink colors are already running out). Amy mentioned the other day that she had successfully used Max Grumbacher oil paints and there’s a thread on Craftster that recommends Versatex Fabric Inks and Permaset, or Aquatex if you’re in Australia. Even the screens might be replacable with thermal screen. I’m sure we can look forward to other clever ideas from fellow Gocco enthusiasts.
More Gocco love:
The Gocco Group on Flickr is a treasure trove, both of wonderful work and of information in the discuss boards.
Print by Evan Harris from we heart gocco