Friday, January 11

All Things Gocco.

I recently got an education on just what exactly a Gocco is. This cute Gocco print above is from my new friend and talented illustrator Michael Wertz (more fabulousness from him to come on Monday!), who gave me a mini lesson and a wonderful show & tell on all things Gocco.

Wonderment, from Wyanne.

A Gocco is a small, self-contained compact color printing system invented in 1977 by Noboru Hayama. It's like a mini screen printer. Using flash bulbs similar to those found in old cameras, an original image is thermally imprinted onto a master screen. The name "print gocco" is derived from the Japanese word and concept gokko, loosely translated as a type of 'make-believe play used to learn common rules and knowledge'. And the process almost does seem to be a mock form of screen printing. It is very simplified, quite like a little Susy Homemaker Easy-Bake Oven.


I Take Every Corner Like A Dance Floor notecards, from Tineseamonster.

In 2005, Gocco's parent company, Riso Kagaku Corporation, announced it would end production of the Gocco system due to low sales in Japan. An explosive Internet campaign and movement was immediately started to find a new home for the product. Save Gocco was created by fans trying to keep the company alive, working together to find a new home for Gocco outside Japan. It hopes to be an easy-to-use starting point for all things Gocco, equipping an almost obsessive cult-like group of fans with simple Gocco-friendly tools to help promote it's continuation. I think I'm in. C'mon, join the cult - you can locate the hard to find printer and supplies here and start making your own Goccos!

2008 Pattern Calendar, from Efrida.


Laundromat, from e50e.


Recycled word processor labels printed with a Gocco machine, from Remake.


Dusky Rose Bird, from Sugarloop.

Happy Sun, from Matte Stephens.

16 comments:

Caroline said...

Very informative! I'd heard of Gocco but didn't really know what it was, exactly. This cleared a few things up.

:: A S K :: said...

I've been coveting one for a couple of years now but just haven't put out the dough ... luckily, a friend just bought one so we're going to have some crafting sessions ! Save Gocco!

Artsy Momma said...

Thank you for this post! I love Gocco and now I have even MORE favorites added to Etsy.

LolaBloom said...

I *heart* my sugarloop Gocco print! I originally found them after finding etsy via your blog! Your blog has brought many beautiful and wonderful things into my world. Thank you Victoria!

Stephanie said...

I've already purchased labels from Remake and gift tags from Elfrida and I must say I LOVE them both.

Katherine said...

great stuff, victoria! i just received one for christmas and have been having lots of fun so far. if you get one you will have to come on up to napa for a gocco party!

Janvangogh said...

I got one for Christmas and it is really fun. I combined it with a digital print background.

My first ones are listed in my etsy shop.

Kylie said...

Thank-you, thank-you for explaining the whole gocco question - I was finding references to them on every second blog I read but could find little info on what they were all about/their history, etc.
- Kylie

Angie & Tyson from Headquarters said...

One of my friends just got one and I'm DYING to go over to her house to try it out. You've just given one of the most clear explanations of Gocco I've ever read on a blog as well, thanks!

Gracehoper said...

So is gocco just for artistically talented people? I wish I could see one being used.

sfgirlbybay said...

gracehoper - nope. i think just about anyone could do this - even kids!

Nicole said...

Hi all, I always read but never comment, but I used to teach Gocco workshops. So thought I would share a little info I've got. Gocco has been picked up by Paper Source so they will be the lead distributor now. Although, it can be difficult to catch them with supplies in stock in-store and/or online. If you are looking to purchase a machine though the last place to do so is thru P.Source as they price it at $375.00 (which let me tell you, is absurd!) Check out seller: alittlegoodness on Etsy, she sells the updated version of the classic PG5 set for $100 plus $50 for shipping from Japan to the states. She is a great seller and it takes about 3 biz days to get to you, she even throws in little Japanese candies!
Also, I live in LA and I found this awesome little art store tucked away in Silverlake called The Blue Rooster which stocks all of the supplies; including a ton of ink colors you can never find online or anywhere else. One more note and then I will stop rambling! LoL The screens on average should cost $12-$15 for 5 and the bulbs should cost $12-$17 for 10 (5 sets of 2). Since the company said they were discontinuing a lot of places have really gone over board with the price gauging so be sure to shop around, especially if you are new to using it because you will go through materials fairly quickly! It is very addicting once you get the hang of it - I am not ashamed to admit I am :-) And if you have a Paper Source in your area give them a call and ask them if they can recommend a local art store that carries more of a selection (www.paper-source.com). Hope that was helpful to someone, and if anyone has a question or gets frustrated I would be happy to try to help, as much as I can via email! LoL

sfgirlbybay said...

Thank you so much for that Nicole - awesome information!

Wyanne said...

Thanks for posting my Gocco print on your blog. I just discovered it searching google for more Gocco info. What a nice surprise! Love, Wyanne

sfgirlbybay said...

wyanne - you are most welcome! it is lovely!

minkee said...

I just wanted to thankyou for this introduction! This was the first time I had heard about Gocco, and it's AWESOME. Since reading about it, I've bought one from Etsy (which I didn't know about before, either, believe it or not!), dibbled, dabbled, and now I've set up my own shop too.

So all in all, awesome work, thanks!