Mar 052017


After an unexpected slow start to the year (thanks to everyone for their patience etc) I’m excited to announce… Moniker Press’ first open studio day! 

Drop by on March 11th to learn about the inner workings of the Moniker Press risograph print shop! At the open studio, you’re invited to: pick up a copy of the “Intro to Riso” zine, see the RZ and MZ printers in person, view print samples from the archive and meet others who are interested in risograph printing.

A selection of riso books collected in Mexico City at RRReplica (as well as others from the Reading Nook) will be on display for browsing / inspiration.

Important note: this event is not a workshop (although we hope to have workshops available later this year). Feel free to ask basic questions about the print process but for more in-depth discussions regarding projects, pricing, and file set up you must schedule an individual meeting at a later date. Email if you have a project in mind!


Jan 012017


And another year whispers by. 

2016 was a good one for Moniker Press and risograph printing! Moniker Press had the pleasure of working on many cool projects and with a plethora of amazing artists, organizations, musicians, designers, friends, etcs, and so, we express much gratitude! Could not have done it without the community of riso lovers and supporters. ❤️

Goals (and Improvements) for Moniker Press in 2017:  (fingers crossed!)

  • UPDATED RISO GUIDE – including more comprehensive information on file set up, pricing packages, experimental print and colour layering examples.
  • MOBILE MONIKER – website and book launch featuring photos and collaborations from riso print shops around the world (stay tuned!)
  • MORE SERVICES – hoping to extend our commercial services to include screen printing, spiral binding and more.
  • RISO WORKSHOPS – small group workshops that guide beginners through the process of file set up and printing with risograph. Would you be interested in attending? Let us know!
  • NEW INK COLOUR – Pink or Yellow is top on our list, send us an email if you have a different preference! 
  • NEW PUBLICATIONS: working with local artists to publish interesting and experimental risograph prints and zines is a large part of what Moniker Press does, 2017 has good list of artists lined up for new publications!

… these are just a few of the goals we will be working towards in 2017. Happy Riso New Year!

Dec 202016


Some photos from the wonderful PRINT FAIR / ART MARKET, that Moniker Press organized in partnership with Dynamo Arts Association and ddoogg/KIOSK.

Vancouver Courier’s Rebecca Blissett also wrote an article about the Fair > read here.

We had tons of awesome art/book vendors, as well as performances, hot cider and snacks. It was a great December day!

Participating publishers included: Moniker Press, Andrea Lukic, Kate Fobert, Cole James Pauls, Kirsten Hatfield, Perro VerlagDDOOGGAs.iZ, Unfastened, Hayley Dawn Muir, Leftover Crafts, Zine ClubPaper Innards Distro, Stephanie McDonell, Phaedra HarderNeoglyphic MediaCarli Erin BoisjolieVancouver Art Book Fair and Black Market.

Dynamo Art Association artist Sarah Davidson (left) hosted Saturday’s Print Fair/Market along with Juli Majer (right) and Erica Wilk (not pictured). The one-day event, hosted by Dynamo, Kiosk and Moniker Press, showcased a variety of print and publishing with performances and readings. Photo: Rebecca Blissett.

Nov 222016


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…


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Dec 18—Jan 5
Jan 6—onward

—  open studio (available for printing + design work)
—, book launch + reading @ VABF Studio, 7pm

—  studio closed @ Rrréplica in Mexico City
open studio (available for printing + design work)
PRINT FAIR / MARKET @ Dynamo Arts, 1-9pm
studio closed (Available for design only, email for printing enquires/projects)
open again! (available for printing + design work)
Nov 162016


Honoured to have collaborated with Viorica Hrincu and Melissa Soleski on Moniker Press’ newly released publication; 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
gently encourages
my hair to aggregate
into clumps.
I’m sure it’s never
been this easy to
gather individuals towards
a common goal.
On the floor,
shower walls
-classic spectators
of people
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:, 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 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 will be available at the event for $20.

Nov 072016


2017 artists calendar

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.

Participating artists:

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.

2017 artists calendarA risograph art print to display for every month of 2017.

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Nov 072016


Puddle Popper pt 2NEW 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

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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.

Nov 032016


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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:, 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)

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Sep 202016


Vancouver Art Book FairIt’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;

  • Puddle Popper pt2. (Juli Majer, Melanie Thibodeau, Sarah Davidson, Sonja Ratkay and Moniker Press)
  • (collaboration between poet, Viorica Hrincu, illustrator, Melissa Soleski and Moniker Press)
  • 2017 Artists Calendar (featuring 12 artists for 12 months!)
  • and lots of other little goodies…

*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!