Riso At Hato 

Development, Final Major Project, Projects, Visits, Visual Research, Workshops

My Experience at a Hato Press Workshop

I love having access to the Riso printer for the sake of current projects but at uni, colours are limited. So I took it upon myself to book a two colour Riso print workshop at Hato Press where I had access to print with a range of colours, including fluorescent ones, as opposed to the limitation of five.



Introduction to The Space

Upon arrival, everyone involved in the workshop was given an introduction to Hato Press and the workspace which included 5 Riso printers, which unlike the one at uni, allow you to print two colours at once which I must admit, would make life so much easier because you make two masters at once, rather having to make each master separately.


Range of riso inks displayed on pegboard walls.


Riso machines have particular colours in them for organisation purposes of the space.


Two colour drums that go into the riso printer


Inside the print space, with test prints on the walls as well as binding facilities


Riso print outs on the walls of the printing space


Test Print

As the workshop aims to introduce those who are unfamiliar with riso printing, we were given the opportunity to collaborate with those we were sitting at a table with to test different types of mark making and collage to give us an idea as to how these marks translate through the riso before working on our own pieces.


Using a variety of mediums that were supplied, both groups per table created test sheets that were to be layered when riso printed


Final test print using fluro pink and blue


Working On My Riso Print

As I’ve done a lot of drawing and have kept a sketchbook whilst visiting locations for inspiration towards my final major project, I decided to work from composition ideas I had in there rather than doing something completely uninformed and random that I may not be pleased with. The advantage I felt I had in this workshop was having used a riso before so I knew what to expect and how to work. I therefore kept it simple and created both of my tracing paper layers using brush and ink or my brush pen, experimenting with charcoal in unnoticeable places.


Working on my tracing paper layer with the most detail that I knew I would want to print blue


Working on the second layer (left) which I knew would be printed in fluro pink


a range of marks and shapes


My final two colour riso outcome


Overall Workshop Impressions

At the end of the workshop, I was definitely pleased with going home with not just my final 10 prints but the test prints too and I think for the cost of the workshop, it is more than worth it to get access to the Hato Press space and learn about how riso printers work. I also felt as though I would be more confident in using the riso printer at uni a lot more simply with rapid generation of work such as this A3 print I produced in the short space of 2hrs and a half.


Hato Press colour charts




Note: All images taken by myself during the workshop.



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