Nigel and Dempsey Ewan make ‘Big Mess’ with Risograph printing

A smattering of "Big Mess" issues.

A few of several years immediately after graphic designer Nigel Ewan graduated from college, he took place to notice some sizzling, eye-catching colors on printed components. Generally, people forms of colours show a huge, costly press run, but this item was a lot more of an ephemeral, smaller-operate art piece. So how did they do it?  

Ewan’s curiosity led him to Risograph, or “Riso,” printing, which originated in Japan in the 1950s as a duplicator or mimeograph instrument for enterprises. A Risograph printer, in actuality, appears a large amount like a big business copy device. But in the previous few yrs, artists and printers drawn to Riso’s very hot colors and affordability in a compact package deal have begun repurposing the technology to make zines and art prints.  

In the summer months of 2018, Ewan and his sister, Dempsey, a fellow graphic designer and CCAD grad, bought their personal Riso printer and some inks on eBay and introduced Clatter Press, the only (as considerably as they know) Risograph printing outfit in Central Ohio.

Ellen C. McGowan

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