Sunday, August 19, 2007

ready, set. GOCCO!

I don't know what the block was to getting another post written... I did so enjoy looking at those blue bottles, I think that might have been part of it, lol. This week, there's not a lot of news about Zhang Lin except that she's started back to school already and now I have to figure out how to get the funds over there!

Meanwhile, not only did I finally get my gocco, but today I broke it in! Do you know what a gocco is? It's a Japanese home screen printer, and it's such a revolutionary little toy, it's crazy. I was concerned about fine lines, and was pleasantly surprised to see that I could have even gotten away with even finer lines than the ones I drew, but I'm getting ahead of myself, here.

I took pictures and everything. This is just a one by one set of shots... there are notes about them all in my flickr photostream.

Step 1: draw your design, and set in the gocco printer. Load the screen.

Step 2: load the bulbs, and set that in the cover. Press hard and the bulbs flash (and burn out), burning the screen.

Step 3: examine your screen, a.k.a. one of the coolest things, EVAR.

Step 4: Ink the screen, set your paper beneath, and peel off the original.

Step 5: press the screen down, and voila! a print!

Here are the finals - the owl and the hedgehog. I'm less confident about the hedgie, so he's not been posted in the shop...

It has actually been a very productive week over here, craft-wise. There's been a whole lot of photography for my ravelry account. And there's been knitting... knitting "Luxe" a neckwarmer pattern I am loving. Here are 2:

Finally, my sister came to visit! We went to see Rufus Wainwright on Friday night, which was truly memorable. Niko Case opened, we were in an outdoor venue, and there was a glorious thunderstorm between acts. It was fantastic. And before we went to the concert, we spent some time at Rosie's... where the sister simply sat and inhaled wool fumes and fondled wonderful fibers.


Devon said...

Didn't have time to read your post but the pics look cool! I'll check it out tonight.

Your Xanga name is celesterra because you're on my protected list!!

And don't worry, my travel blog will be public (prob on Blogger) but I will probably continue to share secrets on Xanga...

child_of_africa said...

you HAVE been busy! i looked at your flickr are such a professional photographer!

congrats congrats on getting your crafty dreams off the ground...up up and AWAY!

Korin said...

YAY!! I am so intrigued by gocco. :) can't wait to see what else you make!

Silver said...

OMG. Want the gocco thing. I love making prints, and that looks ... er ... rather easier than silkscreening by hand. ;D

Celeste said...

Silver, thanks for visiting! Yes, the Gocco is a sinful little toy! It's ease of use is dangerous!! ;o)