Gabriella Marcella is a Glasgow-based designer.

In 2012, Marcella founded RISOTTO Studio; one of the UK’s leading risograph print services, catering for a range of clients; from leading art organisations to bands and brands; quickly and sustainably.

Since it’s beginnings, the studio has grown to deliver workshops and events, as well as producing it’s own line of stationery and limited edition products; where the notoriously colourful house style can be seen at it’s fullest. Best-known for their vibrant calendars and graphic t-shirts, RISOTTO’s products can now be found worldwide with stockists that include Liberty London, Selfridges, and Paperchase.

Outside the studio, Marcella’s work as a designer spans public art commissions, fashion collaborations, exhibition design and installation. Translating her processes from being exclusively 2D, to immersive 3-Dimensional projects, the bold and playful nature of Marcella’s work continues to play a dominant role over all her outputs. She has exhibited internationally, and collaborated with brands such as Puma, Swatch, and Dr Martens.

Marcella’s self directed practice takes inspiration from Friedrich Froebel; inventor of thekindergarten, exploring the principles of learning through play and how creativity can be supported by defining constraints of material, colour and form. Marcella questions how the simplicity of a module may set concise material parameters, yet be a tool for limitless and imaginative responses. In an increasingly digital world, what does it mean to get back to basics?

For commissions, projects, or to say hello, please email [email protected]

 

 

Grants/Awards

  • Circular Design, Zero Waste Scotland, 2016
  • Visual Arts & Craft, Scottish Council, 2015
  • Flourish, Cultural Enterprise Office, 2015
  • £10,000 Creative Practice, Deutsche Bank, 2012

Artist in Residence

  • Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht (NL), 2018-2019
  • Bothy Project, Isle of Eigg, 2017

Solo Exhibitions

  • Rules of Play, V&A, Dundee, 2019
  • RISOTTO’s Riso Room, Glasgow International, 2018
  • Pehchaan, Art From Another India, Tramway, Glasgow, 2016
  • RISOTTO’s Riso Room, South Block, Glasgow, 2016
  • Super Signs, The Arches, Glasgow, 2015
  • RISOTTO Print + Practice, Archizines, (IUAV) Venice, 2013

Group Exhibitions/Projects

  • Made In Glasgow Local Heroes, Glasgow, 2018
  • This Will Ruin Everything, The Lighthouse, Glasgow, 2017
  • India Street, Ahmedabad, India, 2017
  • India Street, Tramway, Glasgow, 2016
  • Local Heroes at Edinburgh Airport, 2016
  • RISOMANIA, London, 2016
  • Pick Me Up, Somerset House, London, 2015

Publications

  • Colour and Pattern, Octopus Books, WIP, release date 2020
  • étapes: 241: Design graphique & Culture visuelle, 2018
  • Posterzine™ Issue 29 | Risotto Studio, 2018
  • Risomania: The New Spirit of Printing, 2017
  • Pressing Matters, White Duck Editions, 2017
  • étapes: 232: European Creative Cities, 2016
  • Becoming a Successful Graphic Designer, 2016

Workshops

  • Here London, It’s Nice That, Royal Geographical Society, 2017
  • Plana Festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2017
  • Torino Graphic Days, Turin, Italy, 2017
  • Test Unit, Civic House, Glasgow, 2017
  • Graphic Design Festival Scotland, Glasgow, 2015

Speaker

  • In Conversation, Rules of Play, V&A, Dundee, 2019
  • Wobby Wonderland, Tilburg, 2019
  • Creative Practice, Glasgow School of Art, 2017
  • Duplica!, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2017
  • Pecha Kucha, The Lighthouse, Glasgow 2017
  • Creative Mornings, White Space, Edinburgh, 2017
  • Magical Riso Seminar, Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, 2016
  • Electric Bookshop, University of Edinburgh, 2015
  • Glug, Summerhall, Edinburgh, 2015
  • Pecha Kucha, The Whisky Bond, 2015