Dempsey Ewan is a graphic designer living in Brooklyn. In her free time she moonlights as a floral designer and helps run a risograph zine, Big Mess. She enjoys classical works of fiction, art history, and fresh McDonald’s hashbrowns.




BIG MESS is a short-form periodical published by my brother Nigel Ewan and myself as an off-shoot of our printing business, Clatter Press. The first issue was released in Spring of 2020. BIG MESS’s mission is to grow Columbus’ risograph printing scene and to familiarize the art and design community with all that riso printing can do. It is our love letter to riso printing and the beauty and range of this strange medium. 

Each issue centers around a single-word theme we select for its ambiguity. We work with contributors to hone their submission idea before laying out the issue and handling the specific pre-press needs of printing the issue via risograph. 

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