It took 850 days, 74 tubes of soy ink, 15 colors, 660 masters, 690,000 sheets of paper, 3 fans, 2 riso printers, and 4 people to complete a book – a 360 page book that only talks about 1 thing. The thing that is always the most fascinating is “Process”. The processes and experiences that did not have the chance to appear in the pages of this book can only be quantified, converted, and recorded into words. is the result of 2 years of image separation studies and experiments, and is the second book published by O.OO, continuing the spirit and purpose of published 3 years ago. Instead of using wordy descriptions, we hope that readers can feel the wonders of Risograph printing through the details of the design in the book. Whether you are a designer, an artist, or an illustrator, anyone interested in color can use this book to enter the field with ease.The methods discussed in this book are not the one and only, and are not absolute. Everyone’s way of experimenting is different, and this book just offers our experience as a tool. Without the participation of people, the technology is plain and void of charm. Thus, the title NO MAGIC IN RISO.
I’m setting up a few zines in anticipation of the zine fair season down here in Sydney, and while looking at some other zines for inspiration I came across my new favourite zine.
A zine is usually a small DIY publication, zine being short for and pronounced like magazine. I have been making zines for years, and even ran a class on zine making at a university about a decade ago. They are an interesting, evolving and free form of publication that is accessible to anyone.
This zine, Hand Job, is particularly interesting as they have been cataloging mistakes from the mass digitisation of printed materials. I love that these digitisation mistakes are now being reprinted in zine form. It is absurd. It is interesting. It is also a bit voyeuristic, and I love it.
Hand Job currently has 4 issues available digitally, but the author – Aliza Elkin – who works as an archivist and librarian is open to sell physical copies, or trade for the right zine.