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Rising Stars: Meet Graeme Morris of Wedgewood Houston Neighborhood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Graeme Morris.

Hi Graeme, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I’ve worked in Nashville as a Graphic Designer with a rich printmaking background since 2010. I interned at Hatch Show Print and worked for various screen printing companies, and was a designer at Jive! (a local digital printing company) when I started playing with an old copier to exercise my design practice, exploring textures and multiple overlaid images. In 2015, a fellow MTSU design classmate, Josh Shearon, introduced me to Risograph Printing, which works like a copier, and has a rich color palate of spot colors and unmatched printing textures. The machine and printing process instantly fascinated me, and I began spending all my free time printing and exploring the art of Risograph Printing.

We rented a garage space in Queen Ave and started collecting risograph machines in 2015. We named ourselves Risology Club because other studios we admired had punny names at the time. Risotto Studio, Risosauras Press, and I came up with The combo Riso(shortened Risograph)+(o)logy (a subject of study; a branch of knowledge.) and club because of the domain.club. So our website was risology.club. We aren’t a club. We just thought it sounded cool and helped us stand out.

At that time, we would scour eBay and Craigslist for machines and ink drums all over the country. At one point, we had 6 different devices with varied colors and capabilities. We used them as tools in our design practice, often printing textures and gradients and incorporating them into other design projects. We decided we should start a print and design studio as a side project to utilize this newly found, older style of printing. We created show posters, postcards, brochures, simple photo prints, and art prints for clients and ourselves.

We ran into many issues with the various machines, and many projects didn’t turn out as we hoped. We decided to downsize our operation to focus on the production of constant quality prints, and we spent the next few years working from our homes and dialing in our process. During the pandemic in 2020, I was out of regular design work and spent the year building the studio brand as a resource for Risograph Printing in Nashville. Risograph Printing has become more popular over the years, and we are one of the few printers in Nashville.

In 2022, We moved into the Packing Plant in January of 2022. We have 2 Machines and 17 Risograph colors. We love being a part of the creative community in a space that includes Coop Gallery, Open Gallery, The Nashville Poetry Library, Modfellows Weho, Unrequited Leisure, and The Watkins Gallery. We plan on being a Risograph resource here in Nashville for the foreseeable future, and we plan on doing workshops to help educate the community about the Risograph and the process.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It’s been a long road. Often, we would be too busy with other work to focus on Risology Club. We struggled after moving out of queen Ave. and downsizing. We spent years collecting and rehabbing the machines and colors to curate our selection and capabilities. The pandemic was a blessing and a curse. I spent long hours alone working on designing, printing, and binding books at home, leading me to venture out of my comfort zone and move into a public studio at the Packing Plant.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
Over the years, I’ve developed a design aesthetic and practice that produces tangible products. I’ve worked with Fort Houston and Formation Creations to build impressive art installations at multiple music festivals. I’ve designed and built 50 Ft festival entrances and signage within the festival space as part of these decor design teams. I love the challenge of translating something created on a computer and building it in 3d as a part of the festival experience.

I design books with 3-d elements to enhance the viewing experience and utilize color theory to create eye-catching and memorable posters, art prints, collages, and installations. I love working at that large scale part of the time and working with small format bookbinding and risograph printing. My ability to understand and imagine a project sets me apart, work within the project constraints, and produce a memorable and quality experience.

We’d love to hear what you think about risk-taking.
Taking risks is an important part of growing as an artist and creator; having the guts to try new things doesn’t always lead to the results you hope, but it’s all part of the creative journey. I’ve made many mistakes over the years and made new ones. I work through them while staying positive and happy along the way.

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All photos Taken by Graeme Morris on his Phone

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