Print Gocco is a Japanese color screenprinting system developed in 1977 by Noboru Hayama. Resembling a toy, the compact and self-contained printer is clean, quick and easy to use. At one time, nearly 1/3 of all Japanese households owned a Gocco. In the ’90’s, Print Gocco slowly started to develop a following in the indie-craft movement, gaining notoriety as a cost-effective and efficient method of printing multiples. In 2005 Riso (the parent company of Print Gocco) pulled the plug on Gocco, claiming a sharp decrease in sales was to blame.
Savegocco.com was started in 2005 by Jill Bliss in the hopes that a letter-writing/petition campaign would encourage Riso to reverse their decision to drop Gocco. In December of 2008, Riso shipped their last stock of supplies to loyal vendors and closed its doors on Gocco forever. In 2009, the campaign was resurrected by Katie Stephenson in hopes that fans could retrofit, reinvent or otherwise keep Gocco alive themselves.