Colorama Workshop is a community print studio which aims to make accessible the process of printing and binding books, zines and other printed matter.


The Workshop is a platform for sharing our resources with the wider community, helping people to learn, to connect and to develop new skills outside of institutional structures. We believe print & publishing are democratic tools that empower people to participate in artistic and political discourse.

We offer low-cost workshops and a membership program for women and genderqueer persons who need access to a production space.

Colorama Workshop has moved to a new studio! We will be back on a regular schedule in January 2022. See you soon at our new space in Berlin Wedding :)

Colorama Workshop is run by Johanna Maierski and Lauria Joan, bookbinder of Pseudo Press.


Colorama Workshop is part of COLORAMA, a publishing and risoprinting studio run by Johanna Maierski since 2015. If you need printing services, please go to Colorama Print.


web: www.colorama.space
mail: workshop@colorama.space
IG: @coloramaworkshop

Drontheimer Straße 6 13359 Berlin

Workshop Schedule

Click the workshop to book! More information on each workshop is found under the "Workshops" tab.

January 2022


Signatures: Rituals

Join us for a collaborative bookmaking workshop!

23.01.22 / 11-17h

85€ / max. 6 participants / take home: 1 edition of Signatures: Rituals


Members Initiation

Become a member of Colorama Workshop!

27.1.22 / 17-19h

15€ deposit (print credit) / max 6 participants / take home: Colorama Workshop Membership card


February 2022


Hardcover Binding Workshop

Learn how to hardcover notebook!

19.02.22 / 11-17h

85€ / max 6 participants / take home: A5 hardcover notebook


Riso Printing Introduction

Learn the basics of Riso Printing!

24.02.22 / 17-20h

45€ / max 6 participants / take home: 10 Prints A4


Book Club: Dummies 4 Dummies

Learn how to make a dummy of your print project!

25.02.22 / 17-19h

15€ / max 8 participants


4-color Riso Workshop: Faux CMYK

Learn how to print a Riso-reproduction of your photograph or artwork in the Faux-CMYK technique!

27.02.22 / 11-15h

90€ / max. 6 participants / take home: 10 Prints A4

We offer a variety of workshops for people with different resources and interests. Below is a list of workshops that we rotate through; please check the workshop schedule above for which workshops are currently on offer.



Intro workshops
These workshops introduce you to riso printing, bookbinding, or publishing by introducing fundamentals and showing you how to use basic tools.

Skill-building workshops
These workshops give more detailed insight into printing & binding, such as prepress, color separation, and elaborate binding techniques.

Community workshops
These workshops bring people together to share and collaborate on projects. You learn new skills and build artistic community.

Printing Workshops


Introduction to Riso

This workshop teaches you the basics of analogue Riso-printing. You will make 2-color prints directly on the Risograph-Scanner from cutouts, collages and drawings.

2-color Riso Workshop: Illustration and Design
€€
Learn how to create a 2-color artwork for the Risograph. You will get an introduction into spot colors and riso-printing, how to layer colors and how to avoid common design-mistakes.

2-color Riso Workshop: Photos
€€
Learn how to print a Riso-Reproduction of your photograph or Artwork in the Duotone technique. You will get an introduction into color-separation, learn basics of riso-printing, halftones, angles and how inks mix together.

4-color Riso Workshop: Illustration and Design
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Learn how to create a 4-color artwork for the Risograph. You will get an introduction into spot colors and riso-printing, how to layer colors and how to avoid common design-mistakes.

4-color Workshop: Faux CMYK
€€€
Learn how to print a Riso-Reproduction of your photograph or Artwork in the Faux-CMYK technique. You will get an introduction into color-separation, learn basics of riso-printing, halftones, angles and how inks mix together.

Bookbinding Workshops


Introduction to Bookbinding

Learn all about how to bind your own notebooks or zines! This orientation will cover the basics of cutting and folding, what binding methods are available to them and how they can DIY their own zine binding using cheap or easily available materials. Participants will get to home an A5 pamphlet-stitched notebook that they made during the workshop.

Coptic Binding Workshop

Learn how to bind a book! This workshop teaches Coptic style bookbinding, a multi-section sewn binding. You will learn how to work with bookbinding tools and receive guided instructions on how to coptic bind.

Japanese Stab Binding Workshop
€€
Learn how to do Japanese Stab Binding, a traditional binding method used in Japan and Korea. This workshop will also show you how to make an A5 notebook sewn with the traditional Four-Hole stitch and an A6 flip-book sewn with the traditional Tortoise Stitch.

Box Making Workshop
€€
Learn how to make your own beautiful box! This workshop will teach you how to make a hinged-lid box from greyboard and book-linen. Flamboyant decorations will be provided. Everyone will make one box to take home.

Glue Binding Workshop
€€€
Learn the basics of glue binding, plus make a Lumbeck press to take home! This workshop teaches how to work with paper and glue, the process of double fan (Lumbeck) binding and how to make a Lumbeck press for DIY, at-home bookbinding. Everyone will receive a Lumbeck press and an A5 perfect-bound notebook to take home.

Hardcover Binding Workshop
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Learn how to make a hardcover, cloth-bound notebook from scratch. You will be shown how to properly work with paper, how to sew a French Link binding, how to make a hardcover case and how to case-in a book block. Everyone will finish the workshop with their own handmade cloth-bound hardcover notebook (A5, 120 pages).

Community Workshops


Signatures
€€€
Signatures is a collaborative bookmaking workshop series, where different members of the community can make a book together in a day. Each Signatures workshop features a different topic, and every participant will make their own 8-page section (signature) based on this theme. The weekend consists of designing, printing and binding the sections together, ending with a new Signatures book which everyone can take home. We do a new Signatures workshop every two months!


Book Club
Book Club is a workshop series focused on self-publishing, showing you how to turn an idea into a book!


Book Club: Dummies 4 Dummies

Make a dummy of your print project! If you have an idea for a book or zine but you’re not sure how to realize its physical form, come to this workshop and learn how to make a dummy (prototype) of your project.


Book Club: InDesign 4 UnDesigners

Learn how to use InDesign for print projects. This workshop will teach you the basics of imposing, layout and page formatting on InDesign.


The Colorama Workshop Membership is an Open Access Studio program for people of the FLINTA*¹ community with fewer resources² to access the studio space and the tools they need to self-publish or produce art.

Member Benefits
Members of the Colorama Workshop can use our studio space on Open Access days for printing and binding projects. This includes printing with our two A4 Riso Printers in 5 colors, using our cutting and binding machines and our various hand tools. Material will be provided for low cost.

How to Become a Member
To become a member of Colorama Workshop you need to sign up for our Members’ Initiation! The 2,5-hour Initiation will teach you how to use our riso printers and binding machines, studio regulations and safety rules. The Members’ Initiation requires a 15€ deposit that will go towards a “trial and error” print credit on the Riso next time you visit the studio. Initiations happen every two months – check our schedule for the next Initiation!


[Footnotes]
¹ FLINTA*: Female, Lesbian, Intersex, Nonbinary, Trans, Agender*
² fewer resources: for people who don’t have the means to produce art or pay someone for printing and binding jobs, feel misplaced at their institution or have no access to workshop or studio space. Please reflect genuinely if these predicates apply to you, we have limited capacity and can only offer this program to those who need it the most. If these predicates don’t apply to you, you are welcome to join one of our regular workshops.


Colorama Workshop offers stipends for non-profit publishing projects.

The stipends aim to support publishing projects by collectives or activist groups. This could be a zine, artbook, comic, poster series or manifesto. During the project, we offer mentorship, special consultation on technical skills and access to our studio. The amount of each stipend depends on the project; it will cover material & labor costs. The goal of the Colorama Workshop Stipend is to give visibility and resources to queer and marginalized voices. We encourage participants to use publishing & print as a distributive platform and as a method for sharing knowledge & art with their communities.

If you are interested in a Colorama Workshop stipend, keep an eye on our instagram page for an open call; the next open call is anticipated to be in February 2022.


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Colorama Workshop
Drontheimer Straße 6
13359 Berlin Wedding