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


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.

To keep the Workshop accessible and sustainable for everyone we implemented a solidarity pay system where everyone pays based on their resources.

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.


www.colorama.space

coloramaworkshop@gmail.com

IG: @coloramaworkshop


COLORAMA WORKSHOP
Haus der Statistik Haus D
Otto-Braun-Straße 70
10178 Berlin

We offer a variety of workshops for people with different resources and interests. To keep the workshops accessible, we have a solidarity pricing system. This system only works if everyone reflects seriously upon their resources, so we would kindly ask you to read the payscale section before booking a workshop.



Intro workshops
These workshops teach you how to use our tools and machines on your own. After doing an intro workshop, you will receive a membership card that allows you to use the space on open studio days.

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 participants together to work on a joint publication. While you learn new skills, these workshops are meant to build community through fun, collaborative art projects.

Intro Workshops

Riso Intro
15€–30€–45€ (Which price should I pay?)
We will teach participants how to use the risograph printer, how to prepare their artwork and how to fix common printing errors. All participants will receive a 2-color A5 print of their artwork to take home.

Binding Intro
15€–30€–45€ (Which price should I pay?)
We will introduce participants to the basic tools of binding; plus how to impose, fold and hand-stitch your zine. All participants will receive a notebook to take home.


Skill-building Workshops

These workshops rotate month by month. Please check our calendar below or instagram to see which workshops are being offered this month. Skills workshops we have done in the past:

Riso Collage Printing
Duotone Printing
Color Separation for Riso
Digital File Setups for Zines and Books
Coptic Binding
Hardcover Binding
Glue Binding

Community Workshops

Signatures
40€–60€–80€ (Which price should I pay?)
Signatures is a collaborative bookmaking workshop series, where different members of the community can make a book together over the course of a weekend. 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. Check our calendar or instagram to see when we’re doing the next Signatures workshop!

After doing an Intro workshop, you will be able to use the Workshop’s space, tools and machines to make your projects during open studio days.

Open studio days are every Wednesday. Please book a time slot through our calendar so that the studio doesn’t get too crowded.

The open studio days are meant for people without access to their own studio space and for people who are learning or experimenting with riso printing and binding. Please reflect seriously upon whether this applies to you before taking space from others who might need it.

Risograph Printers
Colorama Workshop has two RZ series Riso printers. Both printers can print up to A4-sized paper with direct scanning only – this means you need to bring a physical A4 copy of your art/zine/project that can be scanned into the printer. Six riso ink colours are available: Fluorescent Pink, Orange, Green, Blue, Purple, and Federal Blue.

Paper Guillotines
We have a stack cutter and a flatbed paper cutter.

Coil/Comb-binder
for plastic coils in various colors.

Staplers
Our staplers are long and large enough to staple the spine of your zines or pamphlets. ;)

Book Presses for Gluebinding
We have lumbeck presses for gluebinding as well as a small plate press for pressing hardcovers.

Handbinding tools
Awls, bonefolders, scissors, rulers, needles, thread and cutting mats - we have everything you need!


After you’ve done a Riso Intro workshop, you are free to come use our printers! Please book a printing slot using the calendar below. We have set prices for printing packages (posters or zines), which include material costs. You can bring your own paper, but please consult us first because not everything may be suitable for our machines.

Available Inks:
  • Fluorescent Pink
  • Federal Blue
  • Orange
  • Blue
  • Green
  • Purple

Colorama Workshop has two RZ Risograph machines, both A4 without digital input (artwork must be scanned in). They are suitable for small, DIY projects or posters. If you need professional printing services, please contact Johanna at Colorama Print.

Prices

Trial & Error Hour
15€

For people who would like to experiment, practice or test out their project. You will get an hour of printing, 5 Masters, and 50 sheets of test-paper to play around with.

Zine Packages

Zine packages are set prices for specific zine sizes/page lengths. Each package includes: 100 copies of your zine on 90gsm paper with 2-color covers and 1-color interior pages. Binding costs are not included.

SIZE

A6

A5

A4

PAGES

8

20€

30€

40€

12

25€

40€

50€

16

30€

45€

60€

20

35€

50€

70€

24

40€

60€

80€

28

45€

65€

90€

32

50€

70€

100€


Poster Packages

Poster packages are set prices for single- sided posters or artworks. Each package includes up to 3 colors on 120gsm paper.

SIZE

A6

A5

A4

PAGES

100

15€

20€

25€

150

20€

25€

35€

200

25€

30€

45€

250

30€

35€

55€



After you’ve done a Binding Intro workshop, you are free to come use our binding tools! If you would like to use the space for binding, we offer a daily binding pass. Binding often takes a lot longer than printing and you may want to split up the work over a few days or weeks. With this pass, you can use our studio space and binding tools/machines to finish your project. You can bring your own binding materials or buy thread/coils/glue from us. Staples are always free :)

Please check our online calendar below to confirm when you can come by for open studio days!

Daily Binding Pass
6/25€

This pass lets you use the Colorama Workshop space and our binding tools during any of the open studio days.

Material Prices

PAPER

PACK OF

A4 90gsm

2,50€

A4 120gsm

3,00€


Binding Supplies

BINDING SUPPLIES

Staples

Free

Roll of Thread + Needle (to keep)

5,00€

Spiral/Comb (pack of 50, A4)

10,00€

Glue (per project)

10,00€

Greyboard

By Request

Bookcloth

By Request

Lumbeck Press (to keep)

30,00€

Different Book Binding Techniques


Colorama Workshop offers residencies for non-profit publishing projects.

The residencies aim to support publishing projects by collectives or activist groups. This could be a zine, artbook, comic, poster series or manifesto. During the residency, we offer mentorship, special consultation on technical skills and access to our studio. The length of each residency depends on the project. The goal of the Colorama Workshop Residency is to give visibility and resources to queer and marginalised voices. We encourage residency 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 residency, fill out this form with information about your collective/group and your print or publication proposal.

So far, the residency does not include material costs, such as paper, ink & binding consumables. Hopefully this will change in the future!


Which price should you pay for our workshops? At Colorama Workshop, every Intro or Community workshop has three prices for you to choose from, based on your financial resources. We ask that you reflect seriously upon your resources. Important resources that people often forget are access to universities or other cultural institutions or the means to capitalise on your work. If you have a lot of resources or are planning to gain profit with the work you do at the Workshop we would kindly ask you to consider buying a stipend for another person that does not or to get in touch with Colorama Print for Printing Service.

Price 1 covers the material costs for the workshop.

Price 2 covers the material costs and our labor time for teaching the workshop.

Price 3 covers the material costs, our labor time, plus helps us put money towards keeping Colorama Workshop sustainable and accessible.

Please refer to this little comic we made about the payscale for more information.


Stipend

For the Skills workshops we are irregularly offering stipends depending on available donations. Get in touch with us to ask if we have stipends available atm.

Calendar

Book a Workshop or an Orientation Class with us and reserve your time-slots for the open access hours! 🐸