The cold is creeping in and so it’s time to clock in some quality / cozy studio time. We have been working on some some exciting upcoming events and projects! In case you are curious…
Nov 28—Dec 10
Dec 11—Dec 17
Dec 18—Jan 5
Honoured to have collaborated with Viorica Hrincu and Melissa Soleski on Moniker Press’ newly released publication; fol.cl. In this collaborative poetry chapbook about entanglement, writer Viorica Hrincu and illustrator Melissa Soleski combine poetry and drawings to explore themes of hair, loss and the reorientation of oneself in relation to standards of feminine beauty.
Poetry — Viorica Hrincu
Illustrations — Melissa Soleski
Layout — Erica Wilk & Melissa Soleski
Edition of 150
Risograph printed and Published by Moniker Press
Vancouver, BC — 2016
at this point,
even a cough
my hair to aggregate
I’m sure it’s never
been this easy to
gather individuals towards
a common goal.
On the floor,
who are falling
— Excerpt from the poem air.h by Viorica Hrincu.
fol.cl — Book Launch & Reading
Friday, November 25th, 2016
2-236 E Pender
7 to 10pm
“Join the Vancouver Art Book Fair at our Monthly Open Studio: fol.cl, a book launch and reading for Moniker Press’ newly released risograph publication by the same name.”
“As women, we’re told that it’s only acceptable to have hair on our heads, and literally nowhere else on our bodies.”
— Viorica Hrincu
Poet and scientist Viorica Hrincu is bald. She was diagnosed with alopecia a less than a year ago. Alopecia only affects hair growth and is neither painful nor life-threatening. The poems in fol.cl draw from Viorica’s experience, uncovering a sense of empowerment through loss. Combined with the delicate illustrations of Melissa Soleski, the publication not only deals with societal views on beauty, but also explores the inner and even biological connection between hair and identity.
Poetry reading will begin at 8pm. Copies of fol.cl will be available at the event for $20.
NEW IN SHOP: Moniker Press’ 2017 Artists Calendar
Moniker Press joins the tradition of many print shops around the world by releasing it’s first annual calendar. We invited 12 Vancouver artists to experiment with 2-colour risograph printing the 2017 Risograph Artists Calendar is the result!
Calendars are a common part of everyday life, whether digital or physical objects, we all need a way to keep track of our time/schedules. In its physical format the Artists Calendar follows the tradition of a typical wall calendar. However, the inner pages are unique in that the artists had the freedom to experiment with risograph printing as well as interpret the functionality of a calendar as they wished.
Edition of 140
12 two colour risograph pages (+ front and back cover)
spiral binding (blue or red)
Printed & Published by Moniker Press
Vancouver, BC – 2016
Thank you to Graham McFie, Erika Anette, Daniel Jefferies, and for their insight and contributions.
A risograph art print to display for every month of 2017.
NEW IN THE SHOP: Puddle Popper pt 2 is a collaborative publication by Vancouver based artists, Juli Majer, Melanie Thibodeau, Sarah Davidson and Sonja Ratkay. As a collective they explore ‘play’ as an overlapping theme. ‘Puddle Popper pt. 2′ is a result of the artists’ collaborative drawings and collages. These collaborative drawings were also translated into a sculptural installation for the Vancouver Art Book Fair 2016.
The package includes a double sided two-colour risograph poster on cream coloured cardstock (folded so that it can create a stage) as well as four 6″x9″ risograph prints on grey and pink cardstock (that can be framed or cut out into figures.)
Edition of 100
Printed and Published by Moniker Press
Vancouver, BC – 2016
Juli Majer is interested in fractured storytelling / symbolism, and studies translations of movements, emotion and fantasy within her work.
Queer artist Melanie Thibodeau explores the strangeness of having/living in a body; ongoing themes in their work deal with nostalgia and loss, comfort/discomfort, BDSM and politics surrounding gender, sexuality and feminism.
Sarah Davidson investigates fragments as symbols, medium as gendered and delicacy as strategy.
Interdisciplinary artist, poet and researcher Sonja Ratkay primarily explores topics of intuition, mood, states of being and environmental triggers that lead to psychological transformation.
Our favourite time of year in the studio and outside!
It was an amazing weekend. Thanks to everyone who stopped by the Moniker Press table and supported the VABF 2016. This year for the annual Vancouver Art Book Fair Moniker Press released three new publications: fol.cl, Puddle Popper pt 2 and a 2017 Risograph Artists Calendar. These projects would not have been possible without the extra assistance from Graham McFie – a huge thank you to Graham for all his help!
For those who were unable to attend check out the pictures below, also the new publications will be made available in our online shop very soon!
Puddle Popper pt 2. (more information coming soon)
Juli Majer, Melanie Thibodeau, Sarah Davidson and Sonja Ratkay explore play as an overlapping theme in their work through a collectively drawn zine published by Moniker Press and installation.
Moniker Press also had the pleasure of printing new work for many artists involved with the fair; including Dakwakada Warriors by Cole Pauls and several publications (Squint, Growth and JJWW) by Hayley Dawn Muir. (pictured below)
Until next year VABF
It’s that time of year again! Outdoors the leaves are changing colours, and inside red ladder studio a printing storm is brewing. All in preparation for the 5th annual Vancouver Art Book Fair.
Moniker Press has some exciting new releases for the fair, including;
*note: the Mobile Moniker: Travelling with Paper book release has been postponed to December 2016.
Have a project you want riso printed for the fair? Send an email as soon as possible as the PRINTING DEADLINE approaches. All orders must be submitted and print ready files sent by OCTOBER 1st.
Can’t wait to see you at the fair!
Mobile Moniker 1.0 has landed back in Vancouver. What an amazing inspirational adventure it was, but luckily it is not over yet. Pictures and interview excerpts coming soon, as well as a book to be released in October 2016 at the Vancouver Art/Book Fair.
I would like to send out a big thank you to everyone I met along the way for the generous hospitality and willingness to collaborate and welcome me into your studios, homes and cities. As well as to the Mobile Moniker subscribers and supporters who patiently waited for their mysterious postcards to arrive.
p.s. It’s still not too late to subscribe – $15 and you will receive all the Mobile Moniker riso print collaborations via snail mail.
Excited to launch Moniker Press’ latest venture: MOBILE MONIKER.
Saying goodbye to Red Ladder Studio for the next six weeks. Mobile Moniker is a travelling print “shop” that will utilize creative and make-shift print methods to create and distribute new publications.
HOW IT WORKS:
Subscribe to receive 1-3 publications created and printed while on the move through different countries in Europe. Payments contribute to shipping and some of the material costs.
**For quantities above 1 use the coupon code: MOBILE/MONIKER2016 — for the 10% discount.
What does a printer do without a print shop?
Well in this case, this printer (me) is challenging herself to find alternative and makeshift methods for printing publications while in the flux of travel. The aim is to be creative and resourceful with limited supplies. There are so many possibilities for DIY printing and I aim to find them.
What will the content of the zines/prints consist of?
As I am travelling through different areas I will be gather information and inspiration from the cities as well as the people I meet (potentially to collaborate with) along the way. Thus, the content is yet to be created. Note: these publications are experimental and will be made with makeshift materials, as such carrying characteristics of the environments they are created in.
How does it work/what am I paying for?
I make a zine/print in one city and then it will be mailed to your provided address attached to a postcard (see image). The payment just goes to cover shipping and some of the material costs.
What happens if my zine doesn’t make it to my address?
Snail mail can sometimes take 2-6 weeks to arrive. If it hasn’t arrived let me know and I’ll send you another.
What about your Moniker Press risograph printing in Vancouver?
Moniker Press printing will be on hold until June 17th, 2016, after that I’ll be back to offering risograph printing services in full swing. In the meantime you can email email@example.com for quotes, information and to schedule printing in June.
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Moniker has 4 colour drums: Black Bright Red, Medium Blue, and Riso Green. At first this may seem limited, however the colour charts below show the many possibilities achievable when adjusting and layering opacities.
Below are the full colour charts that range from an opacity of 5% to 95%. Click the charts to see full size images and for examples of when the ink is printed on different colours of paper, such as newsprint. Hardcopies of these colour charts are available for free pickup or can be mailed internationally. (post is paid by the receiver) email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Paper choice can also play a huge role in how the colour prints. Papers with a smooth finish will achieve a more solid looking colour, whereas a paper with more tooth, such as a cotton rag or drawing paper will have a different texture to the print.