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?)
Since I was doing a 4 color (CMYK) print, I color separated by using the CMYK channels, and assigning each channel to one of the colors I was using. That allowed me to explore how different ink colors would affect the overall look and tone of the print—for example, whether I wanted my Cyan to be blue, cornflower blue, or mint. When printing, I also reserved the black layer for last so I could get nice crisp edges—though I liked the white background so much that I almost left it like that! For paper, I just used what was available and recommended by the good folks at Lucky Risograph but it turned out well.
Share 1-3 things about your creative/conceptualizing process.
I'm really passionate about archival design and ephemera, so I always look to the past when starting a new project. I also love to spot visual themes and create patterns.
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?)
This piece emerged out of a collection I had been periodically adding to for a while of old jello advertisements / recipes. At some point, I had collected a couple dozen, and had the idea to arrange them into some kind of set. It's definitely part of an overall theme in my work of collage and using found material, but arranging it in a way that lends a contemporary eye.
Do you have any risograph-related tips and tricks you'd like to share?
I'm still very new to Riso so I'm afraid I'm no expert. I think going in with an open mind and embracing mistakes is a good place to start!
What is something that you would like to say to anyone reading this right now?
When I first created my print, I didn't know if anyone would like it or if it was worth the time, but decided to do it anyways to learn about the process and because I wanted it for my own wall. To my surprise, people really connected with it. It's a good reminder not to be afraid to try something new and make what you're excited by!