Down in the belly of Goodtime Studio, in the basement of an old hospital, Dawn Press is one of the few commercial RISO printers in Australia. The man behind the machine is Xavier, but he’s off in New York meeting, greeting and eating hotdogs so The Hungry Workshop will be running Dawn Press in his absence.
We had an in-depth induction into the craft before he headed off. As we furiously scrawled notes, Xavier explained the art of RISO and, after a little bit of practice today, we’re confident we’ve got in down pat.
What is RISO? We’ll let wikipedia explain:
The original is scanned through the machine and a master is created, by means of tiny heat spots on a thermal plate burning voids (corresponding to image areas) in a master sheet. This master is then wrapped around a drum and ink is forced through the voids in the master. The paper runs flat through the machine while the drum rotates at high speed to create each image on the paper.
The best way we can describe it is like a screen printing machine meets a photocopier. Sounds weird but it works well for things like zines, flyers and posters. We’ll be down there every Thursday until Xavier’s return, so if it sounds like something you are into, drop him a line or alternatively get in contact with us.