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The Hazelnut Press - Fine Art Printmaking

The finest presses and materials are used to produce award-winning art prints. Printmaking courses are tailored to users. We offer an editioning service for artists. 
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Hot Off The Press​​
Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair

Heather Haythornthwaite showed prints at this large annual Print Fair in Woolwich Arsenal.

​New Light
Heather Haythornthwaite's work was selected to tour with the New Light Prize Exhibition. Here are the dates and locations: 
Until 22 December at the Williamson, Slatey Road Birkenhead, Wirral CH43 4UE;
27 Feb-03 March 2024: Bankside Gallery, Southbank 48 Hopton St SE1 9JB;
14 March-02 June 2024: Rheged Arts Centre Penrith CA11 0DQ;
29 June-22 September 2024: The Biscuit Factory Newcastle 16 Stoddart St NE2 1AN;
12 Oct-31 December 2024: The Mercer Gallery Harrogate 31 Swan Road HG1 2SA.
​Hotbed Press 20:20 Print Exchange
We're delighted to have participated again, and we've been twinned with the Hot Bed Press this year. We've fixed a date for the Reveal and Swap party. Any remaining prints will be for sale at our next Open Studio event.
Halpern POP at Nucleus, Retrospective Exhibition:
Heather had a show at the Pop, called "Rochester, Mostly" - of etchings and linocuts with close local themes.
Southeast Open Studios:  was on this year, coinciding with our tour to the Historic Dockyard so we participated in this regional event .
Medway Print Festival:
It is always a joy to be part of this local celebration of all things inkyprinty, we were On Tour at the Historic Dockyard. It was so lovely that we're coming back in 2024!
A highlight of our time was the Sketchbook event . Working with Wordsmithery's Sam and Barry Fentiman-Hall they invited writer Sarah Hehir to inspire us to consider and use evocative words in our hand-made concertina sketchbooks. We look forward to exhibiting them next summer.
Medway Open Studios & Art Festival
It's a pleasure to be part of this local celebration, we took space in the glorious Chatham House, Chatham Intra.
Teatowels! 
The "Thomas Waghorn", "Ban The Mindreader" and "Isaac Newells Old Boys" tea towels are for sale through this web-site and also through our partners Ed and Stephen at Medwayish. They make exciting and practical presents.
Click here to find out more, or go to the Medwayish website.

Welcome to The Hazelnut Press In Rochester
  • The Hazelnut Press has established a fine printmaking reputation. 

  • The Hazelnut Press is an artist led printing studio in Rochester, Medway for intagliorelief, letterpress, screen and hybrid printmaking. It is owned and run by Heather Haythornthwaite.

  • We offer taster days and short courses for all ages, tailored to your skill and abilities. The studio can accommodate four printmakers at any one time.  

  • The widest range of relief plate making is possible using diverse proprietary printmaking lino: softcut, japanese, clear, traditional, foam board as well as hand made relief plates, printmaking ply, floor tile and repurposed flooring.

  • Intaglio plate making of collographs from found materials, Karazuri blind embossing,  drypoint engraving into plastics and metal plate, as well as traditional safer etched platemaking and aquatinting enabling the printmaking experience to be enjoyed at all levels.

  • Water based, non toxic inks and materials are available, as well as more traditional oil based inks.

  • Our attitude is both supportive, and open to experimentation. We encourage our students and members to exhibit their prints and participate in the Hot Bed Press 20:20 Print Exchange.

  • We provide an editioning service for artists and accept commissions. 

Workshops

Booked Courses: Thurs am.

Regular Printing Sessions: Wed pm, Wed eve, Thurs pm

Please Contact Us or follow links for details, recent Workshops and Exhibitions.

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Ban The Mindreader and Thomas Waghorn Teatowels

We now have three tea towels for sale.
‘Ban the Mindreader’ celebrates the striking graffiti that remained in three places in the Medway towns for many years.
Thomas Waghorn' celebrates the local hero who instigated the building of the Suez canal, and regularly sports a jaunty traffic cone and other accoutrements.
'Isaac Newells Old Boys' celebrates a teacher from Strood, who brought football to Argentina in 1869.
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​The price is £12 each, excluding postage charges.

How to Order

 

Email us  Info@hazelnut-press.com to arrange a collection time, pay with cash or bank transfer on collection.

Or email us with your name and delivery address. We’ll send you PayPal details, and post them to you. Please add £3.00 to your order for postage and PayPal fees.

They are also available from our friends and partners Ed and Stephen at Medwayish.

20:20 Print Exchange

The HotBed Press,  Salford organises an international exchange of prints, and we have enjoyed participating in this annual event for several years now. Our earliest entries are not well documented, but more recent years are here to be seen. Each artist prints an edition of 25, and receives an eclectic box of 20 prints from a wide range of Presses. The remaining prints become touring exhibitions. We hosted an exhibition of over 350 of them in Sun Pier House in July 2015. 

It is a fun way to be part of something big, improve your skills  and broaden your knowledge of printmaking. We welcome applicants, and expect you to make your prints here, where we can offer advice, opinion and practical support as you work. In this picture you see Liz Howe with her edition ready to post.

On receipt of the prints we meet for an evening to discuss, compare and swap prints, and our prints go into the Hazelnut Press calendar, which is available to buy.

Contact Us if you would like to take part, or if you would like to buy next year's calendar when they are released.

You can see our 20:20 submissions below.

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The 2019 20:20 Cohort

20:20 Print Exchange Anchor
2023
Heather Haythornthwaite - Is there anybody there

Heather Haythornthwaite - Is there anybody there

Sharon Pallent - Night Owl

Sharon Pallent - Night Owl

Liz Howe - Powerful Plants

Liz Howe - Powerful Plants

Alan Smith - Cactii

Alan Smith - Cactii

Janice Emmott - Swanscombe Elephant

Janice Emmott - Swanscombe Elephant

Magentah Deevyne - Freds World

Magentah Deevyne - Freds World

Jess Morgan - Reculver

Jess Morgan - Reculver

Anthony Smith - Far Away

Anthony Smith - Far Away

Debbie Sutton - Rising Moon

Debbie Sutton - Rising Moon

Pat Lock - Over the hills ... Langdale Pikes

Pat Lock - Over the hills ... Langdale Pikes

2022
2021
Liz Howe - Hazelnut Press - Step Up

Liz Howe - Hazelnut Press - Step Up

Sharon Pallent_Hazelnut Press_Dusk

Sharon Pallent_Hazelnut Press_Dusk

Yvonne South_Hazelnut Press_Luddesdown

Yvonne South_Hazelnut Press_Luddesdown

Lesley Bennets_Hazelnut Press_The Shattered Peace of Wild Things

Lesley Bennets_Hazelnut Press_The Shattered Peace of Wild Things

Pat Lock_Hazelnut Press_Chalk + Cheese

Pat Lock_Hazelnut Press_Chalk + Cheese

Janice Emmott_Hazelnut Press_Changing

Janice Emmott_Hazelnut Press_Changing

Anthony Smith_Hazelnut Press_Icon1

Anthony Smith_Hazelnut Press_Icon1

Ana-Maria Ghitescu_Hazelnut Press_In Soul and Mind

Ana-Maria Ghitescu_Hazelnut Press_In Soul and Mind

Debbie Sutton_Hazelnut Press_Resting Moon

Debbie Sutton_Hazelnut Press_Resting Moon

Ionut Bertea_Hazelnut Press_The Flower Pot

Ionut Bertea_Hazelnut Press_The Flower Pot

2021
Hazelnut Press - Yvonne South - Nasturtiums - 72

Hazelnut Press - Yvonne South - Nasturtiums - 72

Hazelnut Press - Sharon Pallent - Twilight - 72

Hazelnut Press - Sharon Pallent - Twilight - 72

Hazelnut Press - Pat Lock - On the Edge, Zimbabwe - 72

Hazelnut Press - Pat Lock - On the Edge, Zimbabwe - 72

Hazelnut Press - Liz Howe - On the Edge - 72

Hazelnut Press - Liz Howe - On the Edge - 72

Hazelnut Press - Janice Emmott - Lion - 72

Hazelnut Press - Janice Emmott - Lion - 72

Hazelnut Press - Ionut Bertea - About to Jump - 72

Hazelnut Press - Ionut Bertea - About to Jump - 72

Hazelnut Press - Debbie Sutton - Warning - 72

Hazelnut Press - Debbie Sutton - Warning - 72

Hazelnut Press - Anthony Smith - On The Edge - 72

Hazelnut Press - Anthony Smith - On The Edge - 72

Hazelnut Press - Heather Haythornthwaite - Gaea - 72

Hazelnut Press - Heather Haythornthwaite - Gaea - 72

2019
Frances Bray - Yarn Theory - The Hazelnu

Frances Bray - Yarn Theory - The Hazelnu

Ana-Maria Ghitescu - Eve Blossom - The H

Ana-Maria Ghitescu - Eve Blossom - The H

Sharon Pallent - Grain Fort - The Hazeln

Sharon Pallent - Grain Fort - The Hazeln

Anthony Smith - The Noah Sark - The Haze

Anthony Smith - The Noah Sark - The Haze

Amy Alldred - arc rebellion - The Hazeln

Amy Alldred - arc rebellion - The Hazeln

Ionut Bertea - Pair of Aces - The Hazeln

Ionut Bertea - Pair of Aces - The Hazeln

Pat Lock - ...and the rain..

Pat Lock - ...and the rain..

Liz Smallwood - Pulse Points - The Hazel

Liz Smallwood - Pulse Points - The Hazel

Gloria Holden - Flown - The Hazelnut Pre

Gloria Holden - Flown - The Hazelnut Pre

Liz Howe - Gravesend River Pilot - The H

Liz Howe - Gravesend River Pilot - The H

Heather Haythornthwaite - The Windrush -

Heather Haythornthwaite - The Windrush -

Alan Smith - I am the sea - The Hazelnut

Alan Smith - I am the sea - The Hazelnut

2018
Pat_Lock-Apple_Orchard 1

Pat_Lock-Apple_Orchard 1

Anthony_Smith-Timepiece 1

Anthony_Smith-Timepiece 1

Elizabeth_Smallwood-Boletus_Tubae 1

Elizabeth_Smallwood-Boletus_Tubae 1

Gloria_Holden-Reach_for_the_Sky 1

Gloria_Holden-Reach_for_the_Sky 1

Sharon_Pallent-The_Olive_Tree 1

Sharon_Pallent-The_Olive_Tree 1

Mary_Leonard-Hello_Autumn 1

Mary_Leonard-Hello_Autumn 1

Heather_Haythornthwaite-Thief 1

Heather_Haythornthwaite-Thief 1

Frances_Bray-Groovy 1

Frances_Bray-Groovy 1

Liz_Howe-Beyond_The_Echo 1

Liz_Howe-Beyond_The_Echo 1

2017
2017
Tina_Brown Fishy_Vision

Tina_Brown Fishy_Vision

Frances_Bray Jumpolines

Frances_Bray Jumpolines

Liz_Howe Original

Liz_Howe Original

Anthony_Smith Double_Vision

Anthony_Smith Double_Vision

Pat_Lock Double Vision

Pat_Lock Double Vision

Dawn_Lyon Pride

Dawn_Lyon Pride

Heather_Haythornthwaite Watching_You

Heather_Haythornthwaite Watching_You

Mary_Leonard Double_Vision_in_the_Twilig

Mary_Leonard Double_Vision_in_the_Twilig

Elizabeth_Smallwood Diplopia

Elizabeth_Smallwood Diplopia

Alan_Smith Harvest_Festival

Alan_Smith Harvest_Festival

2016
11_Frances_Bray__Weather_For_Ducks

11_Frances_Bray__Weather_For_Ducks

10_Gloria_Holden__Pods

10_Gloria_Holden__Pods

03_Liz_Howe__Gravesend

03_Liz_Howe__Gravesend

02_Amy_Alldred__Out_Of_This_World

02_Amy_Alldred__Out_Of_This_World

04_Dawn_Lyon__Wind-Dry Only

04_Dawn_Lyon__Wind-Dry Only

07_Tina_Brown__Thunder_and_Lightning

07_Tina_Brown__Thunder_and_Lightning

06_Heather_Haythornthwaite__June_Storm

06_Heather_Haythornthwaite__June_Storm

09_Sue_Maddocks__Paradise_Lost

09_Sue_Maddocks__Paradise_Lost

01_Liz_Smallwood__Ice_93x

01_Liz_Smallwood__Ice_93x

05_Pat_Lock__Summer

05_Pat_Lock__Summer

08_Kate_Craggs__Beach_Combing

08_Kate_Craggs__Beach_Combing

12_Tony_Smith__Looks_Like_Rain!

12_Tony_Smith__Looks_Like_Rain!

2015
Genille - G Holden - Hazelnut Press 2015

Genille - G Holden - Hazelnut Press 2015

Too Delicious - Anthony Smith - Hazelnut

Too Delicious - Anthony Smith - Hazelnut

Shirakaba - S Maddocks - Hazelnut Press

Shirakaba - S Maddocks - Hazelnut Press

October Wind - F Finn - Hazelnut Press 2

October Wind - F Finn - Hazelnut Press 2

Lovely Pair - G Tulberg - Hazelnut Press

Lovely Pair - G Tulberg - Hazelnut Press

Glow - D Lyon - Hazelnut Press 2015

Glow - D Lyon - Hazelnut Press 2015

Late! - H Haythornthwaite - Hazelnut Pre

Late! - H Haythornthwaite - Hazelnut Pre

I See Stars - E Smallwood - Hazelnut Pre

I See Stars - E Smallwood - Hazelnut Pre

Didi Dodo - F Bray - Hazelnut Press 2015

Didi Dodo - F Bray - Hazelnut Press 2015

2014
Hazelnut Press Sue Maddocks' 'Ebb and Fl

Hazelnut Press Sue Maddocks' 'Ebb and Fl

Hazelnut Press Frances Bray's 'Monkey Bu

Hazelnut Press Frances Bray's 'Monkey Bu

Hazelnut Press Glen  Church's 'Ban the F

Hazelnut Press Glen Church's 'Ban the F

Hazelnut Press Tina Brown's 'Wild Hops'.

Hazelnut Press Tina Brown's 'Wild Hops'.

Hazelnut Press Gloria Holden's 'Ammonite

Hazelnut Press Gloria Holden's 'Ammonite

Hazelnut-Press-Anthony-Smith's-Rothko's-

Hazelnut-Press-Anthony-Smith's-Rothko's-

Hazelnut Press Heather Haythornthwaite's

Hazelnut Press Heather Haythornthwaite's

Hazelnut Press Dawn Lyon's 'Untitled'

Hazelnut Press Dawn Lyon's 'Untitled'

Hazelnut Press Glen  Church's 'Ban the F

Hazelnut Press Glen Church's 'Ban the F

Hazelnut Press Amy Vanessa Heron's 'Spin

Hazelnut Press Amy Vanessa Heron's 'Spin

Hazelnut Press Tina Brown's 'Wild Hops'

Hazelnut Press Tina Brown's 'Wild Hops'

Hazelnut Press Gloria Holden's 'Ammonite

Hazelnut Press Gloria Holden's 'Ammonite

Hazelnut Press Amy Alldridge's 'Two Whee

Hazelnut Press Amy Alldridge's 'Two Whee

Hazelnut Press Anthony Smith's 'Rothko's

Hazelnut Press Anthony Smith's 'Rothko's

2019 20:20 Print Exchange

Equipment

Presses, Inks & Paper

We have an 1822 Albion press which we've recently found out was used to proof the Evening Standard from 1822 to 1956, click here for details. It will print relief images (linocuts, letterpress etc) larger than A2 (24" x 18"), plus border.

The Etching press is a geared Rollaco Boxer made for us in 2009, bed size 100cm x 50cm. It can be adjusted to print relief prints.

 

The foolscap Albion Press, made in 1863 has an A3 bed. It does letterpress, linocuts and any other relief processes.

The Adana 8-5 delivers small prints quickly prints, and our nipping press is invaluable for bookbinding and Colographs. In addition we have various hand printing tools and techniques.

For workshops outside the studio, we have a portable etching press.

We also have an A1 vacuum screen printing bed.

We use a wide range of equipment for various plate making processes involving heat , light and an aquatint box. There are diverse tools for cutting and mark making, and rollers in a range of firmness and sizes for inking. Both oil based and safer water wash based inks made by Caligo, Charbonnel and Hawthorn are available as well as mysterious old tins of letterpress ink. 

We keep good but small range of paper for proofing and trials, and recommend you bring what you want to work on. Suppliers are listed here.

Hazelnut Press Medium Albion Press
Hazelnut Press Aquatint Box
Hazelnut Press Linocutting Tools
Hazelnut Press Caligo Inks
Hazelnut Press Foolscap Albion Press
Hazelnut Press Rollers
Geared Rollaco Press
Hazelnut Press 8"x5" Adana Press
Hazelnut Press Ink and Roller
Equipment
Studio Calendar

Studio Sessions & Calendar

Regular Studio times

09:30 - 12:30, 13:00 - 15:30, 18:30 - 21:30

Monday, Tuesday and Saturday

Time to discuss and research ideas 18:30 - 20:30 Thursday.

To book courses or discuss your needs please Contact Us.

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