Riso #1: Hands-On Riso

Event Info

This one day, in-person workshop takes place at CBA on October 11, 2023 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. 

  • Wednesday, October 11, 6–9pm

This is part one in a series of five Riso workshops, designed to build skills and familiarity with the process. This session is a prerequisite for participation in any of the upcoming sessions. Please be advised that a 10% discount will be automatically applied at checkout to registrations for any three or more sessions.

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on October 4th, at 11:59 pm.

About the Workshop:


Welcome to “Hands-On Riso,” the introductory workshop that will get you familiar with the Riso machine. From understanding the weight of a Riso drum when you lift it to change it, to learning how to safely feed the master to the machine, you’ll have the opportunity to get hands-on experience and become confident and at ease with operating the Riso. Additionally, you’ll learn how to safely change color drums and masters.

They say there are three kinds of people in the world: those who avoid touching a machine, fearing they might break it just by a simple touch; those who use a machine and when it breaks, they believe it’s because they touched it; and then there are the select few who know how to break a machine by merely touching the buttons. At “Hands-On Riso,” we’ll transform you into that rare, confident individual who not only knows how to operate the Riso without fear but can do so with flair!

“Hands-On Riso” is an introductory workshop that will familiarize you with all the manual processes of the Riso; from switching drums to refilling masters, you will know exactly how to treat the machine safely.

But this workshop is not just about pressing buttons and pulling levers. It’s a journey through time and history as we introduce you to the rich heritage and context of Riso printing. You’ll gain insights into its origins, evolution, and the reasons why artists and creators worldwide have fallen in love with this unique printing process.

To make your experience even more memorable, you’ll collaborate with fellow participants to create a collaborative two-ink poster that will serve as a tangible souvenir for you to take home.

This workshop is part one of a series of workshops that will enable you to create a variety of prints, publications, and creations on the riso. Participation in this workshop is required to participate in further sessions, as well as required to be eligible to do the Riso Certification in order to use the machine independently.

Required Materials:

All materials will be provided by CBA

About Eva Parra 

Eva Parra is a researcher, educator and printer. She is part of the curatorial collective Indisciplinadas where she has developed exhibitions such as No room for books and soft [cover] revolution. She is the co-founder of Calipso Press, a printing studio, publishing label and artistic collective established in 2015 in Cali, and since 2022 based in NY. Calipso hosts a residency program oriented to expanded publishing and printing experimentation. They have participated in Art book fairs such as NYABF, UNFOLD Shanghai, Libros Mutantes Madrid, Rrreplica México and curated contemporary art projects such as Post Digital Mimeography (Colombia Biennale, Pereira, 2016) and A Sketch for the Future (Miriam Gallery, New York, 2022).


All images courtesy of the instructor.

Class size is limited to ensure an optimal participant to Instructor ratio. Register now before spots fill up! Registration for this workshop closes on October 4th at 11:59pm. Tuition for this workshop is 105 + a $25 materials fee.

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