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.
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.
Happy Sun, from Matte Stephens.