RISO Lovers MAKEATHON vol. 02, [Photography] to Riso Lovers across the globe

A makeathon with the goal of pursuing techniques that utilize the risograph printing method! A trend has been building up secretly in small riso studios across the world. This is for everyone who loves the Risograph.

Closed WED, JUL 11, 2018 - SUN, SEP 30, 2018

The Risograph printing machine is experiencing an underground boom in small riso studios worldwide. This is both a local and global makeathon originating in Tokyo's Musashi-Koyama district!

The theme of volume 2 is, "Photography".

A makeathon focused on refining techniques that use the risograph to print photographs. Works will be produced following the third session of the research society. Entries will be collected in the zine.

HandSawPress, a risograph studio located in the Musashi-Koyama area of Tokyo, offers advice on a range of subjects, from how to create data, to printing, so that those who are unfamiliar with risograph printing can participate as well. Entries from overseas and other risograph studios are welcome as well.

Production Period: Thursday, July 12th - Saturday, August 18th

Please refer to the official site link below for information on printing reservations and availability during this period.

Prelude and Talk Event!

A presentation about riso studios throughout the world by a lecturer who has visited studios in Germany, Korea, and Taiwan.

Research Society meetings will be held during this period!

This will be the third session of the society, and will be dedicated to printing techniques using photos.

Each meeting will be limited to a total of 10 people  *Those who are unable to attend a meeting can still participate in the makeathon.

Location: Hand Saw Press 5-8-18 Koyama, Shinagawa-ku (Five minute walk from Musashi-Koyama Station via the Tokyu Meguro Line.)

If you are interested in participating, please contact us at

● Research Society First Meeting
date:Wednesday, July 11th 8:00 PM

● Research Society Second Meeting
date:Wednesday, July 18th 8:00 PM

● Research Society Third Meeting
date:Wednesday, July 25th 8:00 PM

Participation Fee: ¥1000 per each

Research Topic

●Scanning, reading mode
We will delve into the differences between the various reading modes and thickness settings that are encountered when scanning and printing monotone photos. Settings addressed will include character/picture/character & picture/pencil.

Data, number of lines, and diffusion methods
We will compare the difference in appearance caused by changing the values of numbers of lines (point density) and diffusion methods (image roughness) when printing data.

Separation Printing
We will examine the difference in appearance brought about by changing color concentration settings using methods like CMYK to make prints from photos that are divided into 2-4 colors.

Print Submission Day: Saturday, August 18th

Please upload test prints and share research results at any time prior to the submission date.

Entries should be less than A4 size (orientation can be vertical or horizontal) and be a photographic work. There is no limit to the number of entries a person can submit (entries published in the zine will be limited to 2 per person)

Viewing Party: Sunday, August 19th 2:00-4:00 PM (participation optional)

Participation fee: Free (With one drink order)

We will hold a viewing party for the completed works. Works submitted from overseas and outside of Tokyo can be viewed on the website.

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