Tag Archives: Gocco

For You: Handmade Rabbit Society, a handbound chapbook

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Handmade Rabbit SocietyI am in a pile of copies, waxed linen thread and screenprinted covers of Handmade Rabbit Society (bunny-sized meditations on pregnancy, birth and parenthood), a hand-bound chapbook that is a product of a Cultural Equity Grant I received from the San Francisco Arts Commission. Part of the scope of the grant is a pay-it-forward component, where I make my own chapbooks and give them away if a reader will first buy the chap of an emerging writer or demonstrate that they have recently done so. I then log that title/author and where to obtain one on an online bibliography of new writers. I invite you, avid poem hunter, to help me fulfill the terms of my grant and participate in this project with me.

HERE’S HOW TO DO IT: Send me a note and two first-class postage stamps (more precisely, $0.65 U.S. postage) with the name of a self‐published or small-/micro- press poetry chapbook by title and author that you have purchased in the last 18 months. If you know it, please include the name of a bookstore or website where that author’s chapbook can be obtained. Email me directly for my snail mail address. You can mail me two stamps with the snail mail address I will provide you or, if you don’t have postage handy, I have a PayPal link here to fund the postage ($0.65 plus PayPal fees)–a copy of my chapbook will be mailed to you posthaste! Chapbook trades welcome too; please inquire if you are the author of a chapbook of poems and want to do a swap.

Sign up for KSW’s Two-part Screenprinting Workshop!

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goccoI will be teaching the first of a two-part workshop “Do-It-Yourself Screenprinting” at Kearny Street Workshop in May as part of API Cultural Center’s United States of Asian America Festival.  Learn and produce multiple prints on the Print Gocco at this hands-on workshop.  In addition to supplies to flash a master screen and equipment time to print as many as you can make in an afternoon, we’ll discuss the future of Gocco, sourcing additional supplies and equipment and tips on maximizing space on the screen, multiple color layout and doing what we can to reduce equipment malfunctions.  Handouts provided.  The following weekend, Scott Louie and Herna Cruz Louie bring us back to silkscreen on a larger format.  Be sure to register early as class size is limited.  Class Details:

yuduMay 1, 10 am – 2 pm & May 8, 10 am – 3 pm
Location: 1246 Folsom St.
Registration: $95 (includes cost of all materials)

This is a hands-on workshop for novice screen printers. Learn the basics of screen printing on all media and the complete screen printing process from artwork preparation to image burning to ink application. Make your own DIY notecards, business cards, or even a handy tote bag! After two Saturdays, you’ll be equipped with the savvy to screen print future projects on your own. Screen printing has been a tool for social and political change, and was one of the earliest classes offered by KSW. Workshop instructor Scott Louie will give you the historical context to appreciate this art form.

Day 1: Print Gocco with Debbie Yee
Learn how to use the Print Gocco, an all-in-one tabletop screenprinting machine from Japan. Produce your own small art prints, notecards, business cards and other small paper goods from images sized up to 3 1/2″ x 5″.

Day 2: Traditional Screen Printing and Yudu with Scott Louie
Screen print one artwork onto your choice of substrates (paper, cloth, wood, etc.) Then take your screen home to continue printing on your own. In addition to traditional screen printing, this session includes a tutorial on modern screen printing with the Yudu.

Registration fee is $95. To register by check, please send check or money order to: Kearny Street Workshop, P.O. Box 14545, San Francisco, CA 94114-0545. Register online. Please include your full name and contact info.

Gocco Joy! A mini-chapbook bound and finished.

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Gocco Chapbook CoverLong craft-deprived, I finally took this past weekend to crack the knuckles, pull out my Print Gocco and complete a chapbook project for twenty-one Kundiman fellows who exchanged poems written on postcards for the month of September 2007. Ten poets contributed their small-size poems.

Mini-chapbook gutsAfter months of mulling it over, conceiving of it and mostly just not getting around to it, I charged forward last weekend by visiting SCRAP, hoping to find some different papers or envelopes at rock-bottom, re-use prices. The warehouse had several reams of textured cover stock in a beige-type color. Not sexy, but I thought it’d contrast well with the ream of turquoise copy paper I got at Staples a few months back for the purposes of chapbook-making and paper projects in general.

Gocco bulbsFast forward one weekend later. I layed out and edited the interior of the booklet on Adobe Pagemaker on Saturday night, went to OfficeMax for double-sided copying Sunday morning. (Tip: OfficeMax offered color paper at the self-service copiers for the same price as regular white copy paper, but I did not partake as I’d already brought my turquoise paper). Sunday afternoon I created the Gocco-ready cover image, then flashed the screen with these Gocco bulbs pictured here as glistening still-life in the Sunday afternoon light.

Gocco printerStella Artois for Gocco SundayThe covers were printed on the Gocco using brown and pearlescent aqua inks.  Sunday night, albeit with an interlude at The Fillmore (Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks), I completed binding, with brown linen thread, an edition of 40 baby chapbooks for contributors, postcard writers and Kundiman-related folk. Other helpful project materials included a Stella.

Postcard Poems by Kundiman poets chapbook

The product specs for this little chappy, “Postcard Poems by Kundiman poets” ({bee + spool} press 2008): Dimensions 4.25″ (w) x 5.5″ (h). 16 pages.  Edition of 40.