Ideally, I would like to experiment with a broad range of stocks and colour combinations during my riso exploration phase. However, I am conscious of cost restrictions and so have conducted some preliminary costing research in order to set some realistic expectations from the outset.
Risotto are a Glasgow based studio specialising in risograph printing. Besides their competitive rates I was impressed by the amount of advice and production guidance they supply on their website, including riso colour swatches which can be downloaded directly into Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop. They offer a range of competitively priced print bundles including a package of 50 copies of 16pp A5 zines for just under two hundred pounds. This would be the upper limit in terms of my available budget for this project. Fifty copies seems like a suitable quantity to allow me to participate in a local publishing fair, with some leftover to share amongst my existing creative and class network.
As I refine my narrative and start to consider my style frames I now have two set parameters to work within.
1. Communicate my story clearly within 16 pages (including front & back covers).
2. Explore the potential of a 2 colour palette drawn from a limited range of riso inks.