3.19.09 - The Last Gocco Screen
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We flashed our last Gocco screen on March 19, and that marked for us the end of a 5 year era. We'll be going back to a more usual screenprinting method using the ol' Diazo kit available at Utrecht (or Pearl, or Dick Blick - Whoever has it in stock, really).
For those of you asking, "But why quit the Gocco?", it's all about the finances here, and the fact Gocco supplies have, ahem, gone up *quite* a lot since the announcement that the bulbs were no longer going to be manufactured, and then that supplies were going to cease being shipped to the US. Another reason is the hit or miss nature of flashing screens - For the past year we've been purchasing an extra box of bulbs just to cover all the dud bulbs we were getting! When you invest in a piece of equipment you expect a certain level of performance and sadly this kept going down.
Old screens? Maybe. Old bulbs? Maybe. The operator? Maybe. But after trying all tips-n-tricks (and coming up with a few of our own), you start to acknowledge that fact that you are ok, the tools are not.
So, we're getting our screenprinting setup ready (again), trying meshes out (it really IS like riding a bike) and getting ready to start up screening (again).
Nothing like switching methods right at the start of our production period, in preparation for fair & festival season - Keeps things lively!
And speaking of which, we have an idea of what part of our year is looking like:
Itinerary, part II (Updated 4.28.09)
nope - no open studio! we don't have the inventory, plus our super-secret new shape won't be ready - so we softly canceled it.
6+7 = 57th street art fair (we just heard on Sunday about this one so we're off the waitlist - Yippee!)
13+14 = wells street
27+28 = fountain square
11+12 = art fair on the square
We're waitlisted for this one (WAH!) so we'll see.
1+2 = market days
29+30 = bucktown artsfest
12+13 = renegade craft fair (TBA - The apps don't go up till June for this one)
13 = starving artists' show (we just heard - Hooray!)
So there :)