Good Design With A Social Conscience At Chariso Press!

The Chariso Press is the brain child of graphic designer and good friend Chris Whyte. After the passing of his father in 2015 Chris felt compelled to change tact and went back to higher education to focus on graphic design. For 2 years Chris got stuck into the course and continually received awards for his achievements from the college. Of course with continually changing design briefs he found himself creating lots of great work but with no real world application. Almost every time we saw each other Chris would pull out a sketch book full of incredible designs and would animatedly explain each brief to us.

With the help of a friend and her Risograph Printer, Chris turned one of his designs for a garden centre into a riso print (often described as the love child of a screen printer and a photocopier) and decided to sell them via his website. Initiatives like Social Bite were kicking off around the country so Chris decided to donate the profits from the print sales to their cause and the Chariso Press was born! The name comes from mashing the two components together (charity x risograph).

Chris gave me a bit of background to the project.
"During my Graphic design degree, I lost my father and his best friend to cancer, they were such bright, loving, inspirational people and the pain of their loss has played a huge part in my dedication to my degree and building the Chariso Press.
It's in its fledgeling stages but I have high hopes for what it can achieve. It has given me the opportunity to curate and connect with other artists and provide a platform that allows us to generate donations for the charities that we hold dear. " 
The first full set of prints saw Chris collaborate with fellow designer and friend Katie Guthrie to produce 3 new prints with the profits being donated to Maggies Centre, a cancer support charity who do a lot of fantastic work supporting those being treated as well as their families and friends. The first design was inspired by Chris research into Hadaka Matsuri or the Naked Man Festival held in Japan where participants wear a thong and bask in their connection to their fellow man as they make their way towards the holy temple. You can purchase the other prints 'Night Totem' & 'Vogue' here and here.  

The second set of prints has just been released and continues to build on the Chariso ethos of generosity both from the designers and the charities they choose to support. This time Chris has worked with renowned designer Anna Dunn who's work you might recognise Dot magazine and Glasgow based designer Jason Kerley. Chris rounds out the set with his swimming pool print, quite appropriate considering the current heat wave! The trio decided to donate the profits from this set to Mind mental health charity. You'll find links to each of the prints here.

"The first run was amazing and I can't thank Katie Guthrie at Studion_name enough for helping me print it as well as collaborating on the night totem print. To have now completed my degree and released the second run alongside Anna Dunn and Jason Kerley all in the same weekend was pretty amazing. 
I'm excited about all the things that I could achieve with the project, but at the moment my focus is getting all the little things right and continuing to build on my understanding of the Risograph process."

Its been great seeing a friend grow in confidence but also step up to the plate and do something so good. The Chariso Press is proof that when you surround yourself with good people you can make good things happen and you can make a difference. And that's a beautiful tribute to Chris dad and inspiration for us all. If you want to support the project you can purchase prints for £10 each here. Well done CC, here's to pushing on and making a difference!

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