Jesses Mess

Jess Mess

Name: Jess Racklyeft
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Website: www.jessesmess.com

How about a brief introduction?
Well, hello there! My name is Jess and I am an illustrator in the beautiful (currently rainy) city of Melbourne. I just managed to convert one of our rooms into a studio, and I’m enjoying a creative time at the homestead filling this space with works of watercolours, pen, ink and of course the beloved Gocco.

What made Gocco so special for you?
I bought my Gocco through Japanese e-bay – I had to get a kindly friend to translate and buy it for me, then send to a friend of hers who I met at karaoke in Tokyo to pick up! With such effort to pick up this machine-of-wonder, and on one of the best holidays of my life (I got engaged there too) the Gocco has been, and will be, a very special tool for my art making. I even used it to make our wedding invites!

Any tips on using a Gocco that you’d like to share?
I was very scared to make my first print! I trawled the net for instructions, and found this video very helpful. But you just have to GO FOR IT – make some (semi) expensive mistakes, and enjoy the process. Also, remember to always handle the bulbs with gloves and dispose of carefully – apparently they are very toxic.

What’s your biggest accomplishment to date?
Art-wise, just this week I was part of an Emerging Artist Exhibition at the Walker Gallery in Dandenong, Melbourne – it was an impressive show, and I felt happy to be selected. I feel like I’m just getting started this year, even though I have illustrated for my whole life, and it is feeling really good.

Share something random with us!
My second toe is longer than my first. It is an “alien toe” and I am not a fan of it. 🙂

Fric De Mentol

fric de mentol

Name: Fric De Mentol
Location: portugal
Website: fricdementol.etsy.com

How about a brief introduction?
I’m Ana Raimundo, a Portuguese freelance artist and illustrator. I move often around my country which allows me to know and to smell a lot of new things; that is the source of my inspiration.

What made Gocco so special for you?
Gocco is special in so many ways! Firstly I fell in love with it because I love printmaking techniques and also that it’s portable; it uses few resources and there’s no need for a big working area. Then I love the result of each print in all its ‘imperfections’.

Any tips on using a Gocco that you’d like to share?
Gocco allows you to make a lot of different things in many ways and it can also print on different materials such as wood, paper, glass, fabric… so the best tip that I can offer is to experiment and explore.

What’s your biggest accomplishment to date?
{Huge smiles} being invited to be featured in a book.

Share something random with us!
I have small feet.

Emily Glaubinger

Ermadid

Name: Emily Glaubinger
Location: San Francisco, California USA
Website: www.drawingisawesome.blogspot.com

How about a brief introduction?
Hi. I am: an illustrator and designer specializing in apparel and accessories. In love with textile and pattern design. Inspired by everything, but mostly travel. A jewelry maker by hobby (www.ermadid.com). A momma to two wild kitties and being the best lady-friend to a super duper amazing man. I have: been a featured artist in Juxtapoz Magazine and the Contemporary Book of Illustration. Participated in art shows around the globe. Illustrated for a variety of things including band posters, my very own line of Keds, skateboards, magazines, t shirts and even larger than life chalk and paint murals. I am always on the lookout for new and exciting projects and collaborations.

What made Gocco so special for you?
The tiny space that is needed to print since I have a tiny apartment and the super easy clean up!

Any tips on using a Gocco that you’d like to share?
I need tips! Anyone have a secret supplier that doesn’t overcharge?

What’s your biggest accomplishment to date?
To be able to live off of my art and illustration. I feel pretty grateful.

Share something random with us!
I have 64 pairs of eyeglasses, most of which have my prescription.

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