Risograph is a cost-effective and environmentally friendlly way to print. It uses soy-based inks that come in a rainbow of hues, that you can use to make simple one-colour posters and flyers, multi-colour photographic prints, and much more.
DIY Space print collective runs an open-access studio within DIY Space for London, with Risograph, screenprint and linocut facilities. We offer pay-what-you-can or cost-price workshops and drop-in sessions and professional training – as well as creating programme projects and art events like poster-making, the DIY Space collaborative zine and much more.
Our current Risograph is a secondhand A4 machine with colours blue, red, fluorescent pink, black and yellow. We were given the machine, and bought the colours with a grant for £1000. With this equipment hundreds of people have learnt to risograph and printed their jobs. Our partners have included artists, activists, designers and students, local businesses, and organisations such as the London Welcome project, Migrants Organise Community Garden, the Feminist Library, SOAS Detainee Support, and Youth Stop Aids charity. We’ve made two DIY Space zines with contributors from all over the world, and run weekly drop-in sessions anybody can attend for over a year. We pride ourselves on creating a welcoming atmosphere to learn in, so anybody from first-timers to experienced print-makers will feel at home.
A few months ago however our A4 risograph started to break. It’s a secondhand machine that has had a lot of use so was to be expected, but since then we have had to limit our activities and workshops.
A refurbished A3 Risograph and drums costs around £2000. A brand new Risograph and set of drums costs up to £10,000. We are a volunteer-run centre and although demand for the equipment is high, don’t have the start-up funds to purchase it straight away. So print collective is looking to raise money on a sliding scale: the more we raise, the better resources we can offer you, going from £2000 for a decent secondhand machine to £10,000 for set of 10 colours and duo-pass Risograph.
We can only imagine what opportunities this would open up. With new colours and larger-formats we can print large scale posters, A5 zines, photographic prints; and with a reliable machine we will be able to increase our open-access hours and increase our drop-in sessions.
We’ll be building our new model as we go, pendent on the resources we’re able to secure. This will be a shift from the small-scale operation we’ve had until this point and we make a commitment to be transparent in how we go about building up from this. Print collective is and always will be open to new members, new ideas and different perspectives and we’ll feedback consistently about our decision-making process to people outside the collective. We’re so excited to see what this opens up over the next few years.
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