May I introduce you to my new Gocco:
It doesn't look like much, I'll grant you, but it is mighty cool. For those not in the know, it's a Japanese screen printing device that allows you to burn your image on a glass screen using light exposures. So freakin' neat. It beats the unwieldy homemade screens (not that there's a thing wrong with them, they have their own inherent charms), as you can make images that are so exact they're more or less photographic. And it can be done all fast and easy-like.
The rub? Gocco isn't going to be made for much longer. But never fear! The web community has risen to the challenge and created Save Gocco.
Still not feeling the Gocco vibe? Go see what it can do. First I'm thinking about making something like this, then something like this, and then something like this.
I'm also happy about this for two other reasons, the first being that this thing is hardly bigger than an old school Polaroid camera. I love screen printing, and the one thing that's kept me from doing it for the past couple of years is living in my very small (but very cute) apartment where there is literally no room for such things. We don't even have a closet. The second reason I am so thrilled is that I've been wanting to open an Etsy store for forever but I wanted part of my key merchandise to be screen prints. Well, now I can get on my way. For tax purposes I'll probably wait until we move to Chicago to open up shop, but I can start experimenting and building up merchandise now.
I only wish I'd found out about this very cool gocco print swap before it closed.