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


A Risograph is a digital duplicator developed by Japan's Riso Kagaku Corporation. It's a simple printing machine that opens holes in thin sheets of paper called "masters" into which the ink flows. It prints much more rapidly than the typical copier used in printing work, but the ink can blur, bleed, and distort, which is conversely very useful for silk screening and typographic printing, as it brings about a unique texture and flavor. This was found to be an appealing characteristic in it's own right, and as a result Risograph's are being used as a "method" for creating works of art and book production in design studios in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. However, here in Japan, the home of the Risograph, there are not many Riso studios for art production to be found. Hand Saw Press is hoping to link up with that global flow and create art with people who see the appeal of this machine.

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What is Hand Saw Press?

Hand Saw Press is a open DIY Risograph studio located in Tokyo's Musashikoyama. Architect & Jerk Chicken House "Amarabu" owner Shinsuke Kanno, interior designer at "Design Mujika" Ryoko Ando, and vegan restaurant "Nagi Shokudo" owner Akinobu Oda are the three members. Of course Risograph printing is done, but so is paper and print-based art creation, magazine/flyer/poster production, and woodwork, among other DIY productions and the occasional event.



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