Throwback Thursday: Risotto Studio

Gabriella Ditano is Designer and Director of Risotto. Here, she talks briefly about her experience of visiting GSA Archives and Collections to source an image for creative purposes. 

Gabriella Marcella Ditano is a graphic designer and publisher. She founded Risotto Studio, a risograph print and design specialist based in Glasgow.

She was given a brief to transform some of GSA Archives images using her risograph printing technique. The images she produced using GSAA/P/7/76 and GSAA/P/7/122 are fantastic…

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Images courtesy of Gabriella Ditano and Risotto Studio

Here’s what she had to say about her experience of using our archives:

I thought the archives had such an interesting selection, it proved hard to shortlist the images (hence there are three, and not just one!)
A few of the compositions were really unusual and showed me totally new sides to the building. It was great to work with such a unique collection, especially as I don’t normally work from found images.

The Risograph is a screen printing press from the Japanese company Riso. Similar to a photocopier, it permits high-speed printing in screenprint quality. It is not only much more environmentally friendly than other printers, but also more cost effective. This process is therefore ideal for graphic arts applications such as posters, zines, print editions and cards.

For more information about Gabriella and her work, visit her website or the Risotto Studio website.

Read an interview with Gabriella below.

Why did you use GSA Archives & Collections?

I was invited by the Development department at GSA to assist in choosing an image as a gift for someone.

Had you used archives or museum collections previously in your work?

It was the first time I’d ever been down to the archives and it was great to see such an interesting collection of artefacts.

What was your experience of visiting the Archives & Collections Centre?

There was too much choice! Which made it hard to shortlist our selection down to one image, so it ended up as three.

Has your visit led you to using other Archive / Museum sources?

I haven’t had the opportunity to go back and explore some more, but I hope to so the next time I get the chance!

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