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Tuesday
Mar032009

isbn 9784579111480 lotta jansdotter handmade project

this is a lovely book. lotta jansdotter is very popular in japan, and this is one of the books about her and her work that has only been published in japan.

lotta's aesthetic sensibilities are really quite special, and this book gives you an inspiring glimpse into her world, and describes many fun projects that you can make yourself.

lotta creates beautiful textile designs, and this book includes some simple ideas for hand printing on cloth with rubber stamps, linoleum blocks, stencils, and potato prints.

this book shows a collection of handmade fashion, bags, and projects for your home that show off printed textiles; you could use your own hand printed fabric if you like.

the fashion section includes: pocket pants, mitten with handprinted fabric, swatch applique on tunic, quilted scarf, reversible wool muffler, muffler with secret pockets, add on fabric skirt, tie, shoe clip, fabric necklace.

the bags are: square bag, wrist bag, bag with wood handles, really big tote, picnic bag, travel kit, tie bag, zipper pouch, stenciled suede pouch.

home projects: fabric mobile, patchwork potholder, table runner with pockets, cuff for glass, long pillow, fabric headboard, add on fabric curtain, floor mat with handle, add on fabric towel, fabric cover for hanger, stitched artwork, denim tool apron, smock apron.

the sections and titles are in both japanese and english. the patterns and 'how to make' instructions are in japanese only. however, they are all accompanied by clear diagrams (with dimensions marked in centimeters). the sewing is quite simple. and if you know how to sew even a little, i think you should have no problem with these projects.

119 pages.

flickr set here.

Monday
Apr302007

how to print with the print gocco pg 5

the print gocco is a small table top printing device. compact and easy to use, it became popular in japan over the last several decades, mainly used to print new years postcards. as the demand in japan tapered off, the parent company has ceased production of this printer, even though the gocco has become more and more popular in the u.s. over the last few years. there are still some supplies available, but they are becoming more scarce.

while gocco is no longer in production, but there are people working on getting a u.s. company to take over production, and other people working on developing supplies and systems that will work with the gocco machines. this author is optimistic that the gocco will live on.

if you are looking for a new gocco, you might have the best luck with ebay or finding a used machine. the yahoo group 'gocco-printers' is a great resource, as are the 'gocco' and 'loco for gocco' groups on flickr.

the print gocco pg 5 basic set box.

inside the box.

the print gocco is a fantastic little printing machine. the pg 5 is the new model replaced the old b6 (the classic light blue one).

the print area is the same, about the size of a postcard, with b6 size screens. the print gocco burns a screen using a special process (special flash bulbs that burn away anything drawn with a carbon-based writing instrument or copied on a photocopier). the print gocco machine can then be used to print your designs on paper or fabrics (using different inks).

disclaimer: i am not a gocco expert! i have tried to do a few different things, and i have learned a little bit in the process, but i have a lot more to learn.

there are a lot of great gocco resources out there that i will list at the end of this post, and are very helpful. i just wanted to make a simple tutorial to demystify the pg 5 gocco for someone starting out. any comments, corrections, or suggestions are welcome.
here's the pg 5 gocco. the yellow part holds the flashbulbs. the bulbs are one time use only, and it takes 2 to expose one screen.

this is the gocco open. it ships with a paper in the clear plastic holder, and a plastic film over the grey sticky foam printing bed. these should both be removed before use.

to make the screen: insert the hi mesh master in to the slots, with the arrow pointing down.

push down on the notch until it 'clicks' into place. the screens are designed so that there's really only one way they can go in all the way.
make sure you have inserted your 2 AA batteries (you can see where they go in the above picture), included in the pg 5 basic set.
NOTE: if you are using a photocopy, put the blue filter behind the master and insert them together.
put a blank card on the foam bed (to keep your artwork from sticking to it), and put your original artwork on top of that. i drew this image using the gocco marker (included in gocco set). position your artwork where you want it.

close the lid can check visually that your artwork is where you want it to be.
but 2 bulbs into the print hood (yellow part) can insert the hood into the print gocco body. here's the first side.
here's the second side.
at this point the order is top to bottom: yellow flash hood; clear plastic window in the gocco; blue filter; mesh master; original artwork; blank paper; foam bed.
when it's pressed down, the hood makes a complete circuit that will cause the bulbs to flash.
put both your hands on the front of the gocco (the picture just has one of my hands, because the other one is holding the camera, but you can see where your hands should go).
push down (you will see the the flash and hear a crackling noise) and hold for 3-5 seconds.
open your gocco. your artwork will most like be stuck to the master. remove the master (and blue filter, if you used it to create a master from a photocopy).
when you remove the yellow print hood, be careful not to touch the bulbs until they cool.
here's the master with my design exposed on it.

with the master out of the gocco, screen side down and sitting on a piece of scrap paper, lift the clear plastic up and squeeze ink out of the tube on to the area where your design is. if you haven't yet, peal your original off the master. (leaving it on until now can be helpful to see where exactly you need to ink).
replace the clear plastic layer and and put the inked master back into the gocco the same way and position as before. if you haven't removed the flash hood, do it now.
now the order is: clear plastic window in the gocco, clear plastic sheet over the ink, ink, mesh master.
put whatever you want to print on on the sticky grey foam bed. now it will be helpful that it's sticky as it holds your prints in place.
close the gocco to make a print. *repeat.*
this is my print on fabric.
these are all the things i printed on. and printing on felt was awesome.

this technique above can be used to print on paper or fabric, although to print on fabric, you need to used special gocco fabric ink. (EDIT: you can print on fabric with the same kind of screen and same process that you can use to print on paper-just use 'gocco stamp ink for fabric').

another way to print on fabric is instead of using the hi mesh master (which can be used for both paper or fabric printing), use the gocco screen masters especially for screen printing on fabric. with these, you can't use the gocco to print, rather you use the gocco to make the screen, and then print like typical screenprinting, using gocco screenprinting ink, which comes in jars and is not the same as the 'stamp ink for fabric' that comes in tubes.

this is a screened print i did using the gocco screen and screen inks. it was from a photocopy of a traditional japanese screen, so the meshy background is from the original image.

cleanup:
the screens can be re-used many many many times. you can store them in a ziploc bag in the fridge and take them out when you are ready to use them next time. this way, you don't even have to clean off the inks.
the fabric inks are water based. i recommend taping the cardboard edges of your screen before you start, that way they won't fall apart or warp after cleanup with water.
you can use the gocco cleaner with the paper inks, but they will also wash off if held under running water (this is where the tape comes it). you can also wipe with a sponge or paper towels. keep in mind that it's important to clean the print area only, and it the screen is stained in other places it will not affect your future prints.

resources:
nehoc the australian supplier, tons of information
the small object tutorial
the yahoo gocco-printers group
flickr gocco group