Susan Schwake

Susan Schwake

Name: Susan Schwake
Location: New Hampshire, USA
Website: www.susanschwake.com

How about a brief introduction?
I am an artist, gallery owner and curator of exhibits. I also have been teaching art in my own little school for the past 18 years.

What made Gocco so special for you?
I first used a Gocco machine in college in the late 70’s. It was introduced to me by my mentor who had us silkscreening in every possible form.

Any tips on using a Gocco that you’d like to share?
Try mixing up your own new colors on a piece of glass with a palette knife! Then apply gently to the screen.

What’s your biggest accomplishment to date?
The LARGEST accomplishment to date was a 15 foot by 5 foot banner I hand painted for a friend’s wedding this past August.

Share something random with us!
I really love a good campfire, especially in my own backyard!

Susan Estelle Kwas

Susan Estelle Kwas

Name: Susan Estelle Kwas
Location: Milwaukee
Website: www.susanestellekwas.com

How about a brief introduction?
I’ve illustrated eight books for children. I also teach illustration part time at the art school here. I like to spend time drawing in my journal, riding my Electra, watching movies and seeing more of the world whenever I get the chance.

What made Gocco so special for you?
The design of the gocco printer is so elegant. Its ease of use is Japanese design brilliance. Gocco limits the mess and commitment. I can hatch an idea and a couple of fun, fast hours later, I have a new image.

Any tips on using a Gocco that you’d like to share?
I read this tip from a fellow on Flicker and I’m afraid that I can’t credit the idea properly. When using the foamy blocking material, put down a sliver of Scotch tape first. It peels up off the screen easily and makes clean-up a million times easier. Also, I think it’s important to let a gocco BE what it is…. delight in the imperfections of the image.

What’s your biggest accomplishment to date?
Hmmmmm-maybe just being able to live as an artist but, I’ve had tons of help.

Share something random with us!
My horoscope said I can talk the birds down from the trees, I’m going to try that today.

Piktorama

Piktorama

Name: Amaranta Martinez aka Piktorama
Hometown: Caracas
Location: Miami
Website: www.piktorama.com

How about a brief introduction?
Piktorama is a colorful person, an artist, illustrator, a good friend and a good big sister. All of those things make her happy. That’s what inspires her to make her magic, detailed and playful world come to life. Favorite things to draw are patterns and cupcakes. She is from Caracas and loves chocolate.

What made Gocco so special for you?
What makes Gocco so special is that is very crafty and you really have to get your hands dirty. Is like being a kid again, just have fun and it doesn’t really matter if is not perfect, because you’ll always get a beautiful result.

Any tips on using a Gocco that you’d like to share?
The best tip is play, play, and play and not only follow what you have in mind. You wouldn’t believe all the amazing results you can get if you experiment with different materials and many inks at the same time. Just try to have fun and relax!

What’s your biggest accomplishment to date?
All the amazing people that love my work and they the take time to share it with me. It’s very fulfilling to receive an email with amazing words from people all over the world. That’s what inspires me and helps me to create more work.

Share something random with us!
I’m having twins… ooops! TMI? jeje 🙂

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