10/8 & 10/9 Intro to Riso Printing Workshop

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Two Day Printmaking Workshop: Intro to Riso with Rachel of Taxonomy Press

Saturday August 20th 1-4pm & Sunday, August 21st 2-5pm

Entry Level Class - Laptop or Ipad required. Must be 14 or older

Learn about risograph printing, design your own edition of two color 8 x 10 prints!

During this two-day workshop, we’ll go over the step-by-step process of formatting your imagery for the risograph—a unique stencil printer that creates vivid colored prints.

Photoshop or Procreate is recommended, but not required. This class is designed for those comfortable in either program, but participants do not need to be experts. Participants will need to bring a laptop or ipad to create and edit their digital images.

Whether you’re creating a custom illustration or working from your favorite photo, you’ll learn best practices for design. Class is formatted as follows:

Session 1

  • Intro to risograph quirks and capabilities
  • Exploration of riso examples and best practices
  • Print a collaborative full color single sheet zine as initial practice
  • Step-by-step instruction of how to format your digital files
  • Hands-on design time with instructor guidance

Session 2

  • Review and troubleshooting digital formatting
  • Print your custom edition of 25, two color prints

Everyone will take home 25 copies of their design and a packet of riso goodies including print samples from Taxonomy Press and a full color single sheet zine with your classmates work.

Aprons will be provided, but please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting a little bit dirty. Riso ink will stain your clothing!


COVID-19 POLICY - We are asking all workshop participants to be fully vaccinated or provide a negative test result from within three days prior to the class and to accept all requests of both POST and the instructor concerning mask wearing. 
Please click here for more details on our Workshop Policy page.

About the instructor:

Rachel Hays is a printer and illustrator who first got interested in risograph printing through her background in DIY publishing zines and comics. She was attracted to the bright colors and handmade feel of risoprinting. After several years of printing on other people's machines she bought her own risograph with an artist's grant then went on to find her second risograph in a junkyard the same month. Since 2019 she has been running risograph micro press Taxonomy Press printing for artists, writers, poets, and activists as well as leading workshops and printing a quarterly newspaper. In 2021 she moved her press to Detroit. She loves risograph printing because its accessible, non toxic and you never quite know how the vibrant inks will come together.

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