$5 Approx. 4.25"x5.5"
DRAPLIN - PORTLAND, OR
"Things We Love"
you hear about gocco?
I heard about it in 1997 from this woman on an Native American
reservation in Northeast Oregon. She was into making paper and alternative
crafts and turned me on to the Gocco machine. I was forever hooked.
do you like about gocco versus other mediums you work in?
What I love about Gocco is the instant tactile quality of
ink hitting paper. In our digital age, it's very primal and takes
you into the not-so-perfect world of screenprinting. There are errors,
there are accidents, there are lines and ridges you can feel. 99
percent of the work I do involves sending projects off on a disc,
to be printed somewhere far away and never to be seen again. Gocco
is a chance to make something real.
do you have any gocco tips/tricks?
01. Always use the blue screen.
02. Respect your margins.
03. When finished with a plate, wrap it in saran wrap, and stow it away in
Sometimes you can use it again. You can always reuse the ink. Just let it warm
back up to room temperature before messing with it.
what does love mean to you?
In my piece, I list all the little things that I
love in my life. At a glance, I'm always fascinated by the
itemized quality of a list, and, of a list all the little
things that make up our lives. But this piece still feels
a little too clerical for my definition of love.
Love to me is this weird, cosmic, fluttering, magnetic force that can bring
a couple people together to share a first kiss. (Item #13) It's the tug that
makes me miss my parents back in Michigan.
(Item #29) It's the teardrop from a girlfriend seeing you off at the airport.
It's the beauty of a young couple having a baby for the first time.
And, the way little Gary will
lay his head on my shoulder after a long day, is pure love. He has stole my
If I've learned anything, it's all we need to keep going.
contemporary artists are you inspired by?
Show Print, CSA
Simonson and PJ
tell the audience what movie, book, album, website,
tv show, and magazine you love that most people haven't seen/read/heard?
Movie" featuring Mark
Borchardt and Mike
Album: Anything by
Portland's finest, Richmond
Book: "Papillon" by Henri
Magazine: "Chunklet" superzine
by that prick Henry Owens.
favorite place in your town?
Favorite place in Portland: The old La
Luna club... because, during the years 1993-1998, I saw so many amazing
bands there. It's symbolic of my new life out west, with friends I moved out
with and new people I met out here. Highlight shows include: Jesus
Fontaine, Paw, Pavement, Boss
House Painters and Unwound.
favorite place in the world?
In the world? 01. Mom and dad's house in Michigan for supper.
02. Fall in Minneapolis.
03. A Portland summer
night. 04. New
Zealand 05. A day hammering around London.
06. A train
station pretzel in Munich.
07. Dinner with the Fumagalli family in Colico,
Italy. 08. October in New
England. 09. Driving Michigan
Avenue in Chicago.
Palace, Mitchell, South
any advice you can pass onto aspiring artists/designers?
Look people in the eye and shake
their hands firmly.