To celebrate the art of Risograph printing we invited 12 Southern California print makers to display examples of work utilizing a Risograph printer. Tonight we open our doors to the public to educate individuals on the use of this rare technology that has gained favor with creatives and artists as a true print form. We will have a printer on-site printing 11″x17″ posters for the public and demonstrating the uses of the printer
What is a Risograph?
The Risograph was a high-speed and high-volume digital printing/duplicator system that was released in Japan in 1986. Marketed as a cheap quick printer it bridged the gap between offset printing and thermal printing. The Risograph creates a raised stencil of the image to be duplicated, like offset printing, and prints one color and one layer at a time using an interchangeable colored cylindrical drum. The result is a printed image very much alike to the results of screen-printing.
Since 1986 the use of Risograph Printers commercially has declined but the machine has found favor with artists, designers and creatives. In the last decade this rare technology has transitioned into the creative marketplace as an efficient and aesthetically pleasing method of printing with rich bold colors.