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.
Hot Off The Press
Heather Haythornthwaite showed prints at this large annual Print Fair in Woolwich Arsenal.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
It's a pleasure to be part of this local celebration, we took space in the glorious Chatham House, Chatham Intra.
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.
Printmaking Techniques: Click for a link to an Arts Council video explaining various printmaking techniques. Also, follow these links to good printmakers' sites; Artichoke Studios, Laura Boswell, Crown Point Press, Nick Morley (Linocut Boy).
Welcome to The Hazelnut Press In Rochester
The Hazelnut Press has established a fine printmaking reputation.
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.
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.
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.
The 2019 20:20 Cohort
Heather Haythornthwaite - Is there anybody there
Sharon Pallent - Night Owl
Liz Howe - Powerful Plants
Alan Smith - Cactii
Janice Emmott - Swanscombe Elephant
Magentah Deevyne - Freds World
Jess Morgan - Reculver
Anthony Smith - Far Away
Debbie Sutton - Rising Moon
Pat Lock - Over the hills ... Langdale Pikes
Liz Howe - Hazelnut Press - Step Up
Sharon Pallent_Hazelnut Press_Dusk
Yvonne South_Hazelnut Press_Luddesdown
Lesley Bennets_Hazelnut Press_The Shattered Peace of Wild Things
Pat Lock_Hazelnut Press_Chalk + Cheese
Janice Emmott_Hazelnut Press_Changing
Anthony Smith_Hazelnut Press_Icon1
Ana-Maria Ghitescu_Hazelnut Press_In Soul and Mind
Debbie Sutton_Hazelnut Press_Resting Moon
Ionut Bertea_Hazelnut Press_The Flower Pot
Hazelnut Press - Yvonne South - Nasturtiums - 72
Hazelnut Press - Sharon Pallent - Twilight - 72
Hazelnut Press - Pat Lock - On the Edge, Zimbabwe - 72
Hazelnut Press - Liz Howe - On the Edge - 72
Hazelnut Press - Janice Emmott - Lion - 72
Hazelnut Press - Ionut Bertea - About to Jump - 72
Hazelnut Press - Debbie Sutton - Warning - 72
Hazelnut Press - Anthony Smith - On The Edge - 72
Hazelnut Press - Heather Haythornthwaite - Gaea - 72
Frances Bray - Yarn Theory - The Hazelnu
Ana-Maria Ghitescu - Eve Blossom - The H
Sharon Pallent - Grain Fort - The Hazeln
Anthony Smith - The Noah Sark - The Haze
Amy Alldred - arc rebellion - The Hazeln
Ionut Bertea - Pair of Aces - The Hazeln
Pat Lock - ...and the rain..
Liz Smallwood - Pulse Points - The Hazel
Gloria Holden - Flown - The Hazelnut Pre
Liz Howe - Gravesend River Pilot - The H
Heather Haythornthwaite - The Windrush -
Alan Smith - I am the sea - The Hazelnut
Pat_Lock Double Vision
Genille - G Holden - Hazelnut Press 2015
Too Delicious - Anthony Smith - Hazelnut
Shirakaba - S Maddocks - Hazelnut Press
October Wind - F Finn - Hazelnut Press 2
Lovely Pair - G Tulberg - Hazelnut Press
Glow - D Lyon - Hazelnut Press 2015
Late! - H Haythornthwaite - Hazelnut Pre
I See Stars - E Smallwood - Hazelnut Pre
Didi Dodo - F Bray - Hazelnut Press 2015
Hazelnut Press Sue Maddocks' 'Ebb and Fl
Hazelnut Press Frances Bray's 'Monkey Bu
Hazelnut Press Glen Church's 'Ban the F
Hazelnut Press Tina Brown's 'Wild Hops'.
Hazelnut Press Gloria Holden's 'Ammonite
Hazelnut Press Heather Haythornthwaite's
Hazelnut Press Dawn Lyon's 'Untitled'
Hazelnut Press Glen Church's 'Ban the F
Hazelnut Press Amy Vanessa Heron's 'Spin
Hazelnut Press Tina Brown's 'Wild Hops'
Hazelnut Press Gloria Holden's 'Ammonite
Hazelnut Press Amy Alldridge's 'Two Whee
Hazelnut Press Anthony Smith's 'Rothko's
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.
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.