What Is Gocco?
Print Gocco is a Japanese color screenprinting system developed in 1977 by Noboru Hayama. ┬áResembling a toy, the compact and completely self-contained printer is clean, quick and easy to use. The system works using flash bulbs, a carbon-based image or photocopy and an emulsion-coated screen. When the bulbs are manually flashed, the carbon in the drawing or photocopy burns the screen into a stencil. Several colors of Ink can then be applied at one time and multiples can be stamped out, as many as 100 before re-inking is needed. Fans of Print Gocco appreciate its size, cleanliness, relatively inexpensive cost, and the fact that several colors can be printed in one “pass.”
1977: The japanese company Riso introduces the first Print Gocco in Japan, marketing it as a great way to make your own personalized New Year’s greeting cards. Explosive domestic sales and popularity ensue.
1978: Riso first launches a larger Print Gocco card-making model.
1980′s: Sales of Print Gocco systems continue to soar in Japan.
1990′s: Sales of Print Gocco decline in the Japanese market as personalized greeting cards can easily be made with home computers and printers. Meanwhile, Gocco’s introduction to foreign markets begins.
2005: Riso ceases production on Print Gocco.
2005: Savegocco.com was started in 2005 by artist/printmaker Jill Bliss in the hopes that a letter-writing/petition campaign would encourage Riso to reverse its decision to drop Gocco.
2008: Riso shipped their last stock of supplies to loyal vendors, and closed its doors on Gocco forever.
2009: Savegocco.com was resurrected by Katie Stephenson in the hopes that fans could retrofit, reinvent or otherwise keep Gocco alive themselves.
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