Be Oakley Answers...
What's your favorite riso color or color combo?
Federal Blue and Burgundy!
Share 1-3 things about your technical process. (ie. how do you color separate?, how do you decide which colors, binding method, or paper to use?, is your process traditional, digital, or both?, if it's collaborative what does the back and forth look like?)
I am not a technical printer at all and have never printed more then one layer at once. The reason I like Risograph is because of how cheap it is to create works while also having a certain low-fi imperfect beauty.
Share 1-3 things about your creative/conceptualizing process.
Risograph printing is a means to an end for me as a publisher. In thinking of a publishing project, my main interest is the work I am producing rather than the means it is being produced in. As a publisher working mostly with text, it's strange that I risograph my books at all. This all being said, riso does add a quality to my projects that allow the words to pop out more than a digital or offset press. Risograph project also help to enforce that these are hand made object made with love, labor and not a machine.
What did you have on your mind when you were working on this project/piece (or in general)? (ie. Does your work (this or other) relate to a particular current movement or concept?)
GenderFail does react to the current moment we are through an intersectional queer perspective. My most recent project, GenderFail Reader 2 (not risograph but printed on demand) includes essays created during March-April reflecting to the Covid-19 Pandemic and it's effects on creative production and form of resistance. A lot of my writing has been based around my ongoing work with "Radical Softness as a Boundless Form of Resistance" and researching into alternative forms of protest outside the public sphere.
Do you have any risograph-related tips and tricks you'd like to share?
No, i'm a terrible printer.
What is something that you would like to say to anyone reading this right now?
Since this is a risograph related project, I want to reinforce that I see risograph and risograph printing is a means to create my projects. In the risograph community, I see an emphasis on process rather than the content being produced. As someone who comes from a printmaking background, I would often feel frustrated by the emphasis on the printing process rather than the work being created. This, of course is not necessarily a bad thing and that loving the process of printing can be a very beautiful thing. As an artist I gravitate to project that are fueled by intention rather than process and I don't see that enough in the riso community sometimes. I don't identity as a risograph printer but an artist who uses risograph to produce my project. To me its a tool, an imperfect beautiful tool.