Natalie is an illustrator, cartoonist and printmaker specializing in vibrant Risograph works telling stories of women in whimsical scenes. She is currently living in Los Angeles, California. She's originally from Charlotte, North Carolina and heavily influenced by her youth living in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.
Natalie has been making Risograph prints since 2015. Her work can be found in person at small shops around the world like Rotopol Press in Kassel, Popotame in Tokyo and Desert Island in Brooklyn.
Natalie also makes much more than Risograph work, you can find more of her editorial, graphic novel and visual development work on her website here. This printing style and store is a passion of hers on the side and prints and ships out of her apartment in Los Angeles.
Risograph printing is a form of printmaking made from a digital duplicator machine. Like screen printing, Natalie prints every color pass individually, however the process happens with the help of a digital duplicator called a Risograph.
Risograph uses soy-based inks and makes rice paper screens as the artwork stencil, making it much more environmentally friendly than many printing services. The stencil is just like a screen printing screen except inside of the machine. Natalie currently carries two fluorescent ink colors, fluorescent orange and fluorescent pink. These colors are hard to capture with a camera and are one of the reasons why Risograph printing is so special and beautiful.
Another unique aspect of Risograph printing is the printed texture of the ink, made by the rice paper screens in combination with the 'grain' texture of the machine itself. The combination of rich, overlapping inks and playful textures makes these prints look like vintage books or advertisements. They have a nostalgic and tactile feel. However, don't touch the ink on the prints directly, the ink never fully dries. To the touch they are dry, but the oils on fingers can pick up the ink and create smudging. Always be very careful when handling the prints and make sure to only touch un-inked areas.
Each color must be printed one at a time, feeding the paper back through for new colors, therefore each print is unique. Please allow for slight variations of each print and slight paper roller marks on some prints. However, each print has been double checked for consistency and quality before being sent out in orders.