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
Spring and summer are usually our busiest, most outward facing months with Open Studios, festivals and shows. Things are starting to get back to normal and these are the projects we are actively involved with. Click on the titles for more information.
Teatowels! The original 'Thomas Waghorn' linocut and 'Ban The Mindreader' are now available to buy as exciting and practical teatowels! Please contact us if you are keen, £10 each, £13 posted - they make excellent presents.
The Medway Print Festival will be going ahead on-line throughout June this year. We will be posting work by our members, for you to enjoy and links to the techniques we like to use here . We offer sessions for groups of 2-3 people on Fridays and Saturdays, and these courses will be listed in the Festival leaflet. Email us with your booking enquiries. Look for more information here.
Dickens 150: The 150th anniversary of Dickens' death will be commemorated in 2021 with an exhibition of prints at Rochester Art Gallery. Several members of The Hazelnut Press participated using a variety of techniques: collograph, linocut, letterpress and metal plate etching. Heather's piece entitled 'Dark Cathedral' won a prize!
The Fluid Landscape Sketchbooks have been suspended. Thank you for contributions so far. The St Andrew's Centre is no longer in use, and we are reconsidering where the work will be shown, and when this will happen. Here's a gallery containing some of the pictures.
Printmaking Techniques: Click here 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.
Whilst courses are still interrupted due to Covid 19, we are restarting regular sessions for our printmakers from May 2021.
Please Contact Us if you are interested in joining the Press as a Regular.
Booked Courses: Thurs am, Sat pm.
Regular Printing Sessions: Wed pm, Wed eve, Thurs pm
Medway Print Festival 2021
Medway Print Festival will be taking place throughout June.
Our artists will be showing their work on our web-site. Click on the links to see their work.
Please Contact Us if you would like more information, or if you are interested in buying some art.
Also, the following courses will be available for booking. Click on the course for more information.
Browse through these courses, see what takes your fancy and Contact Us to book you in.
Ban The Mindreader and Thomas Waghorn Teatowels
We have two 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.
The price is £10 each, or £18 for two, excluding postage and PayPal 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. Remember to add £3.00 to your order for postage and PayPal fees.
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. Lack of space preventing a complete show.
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 a 2022 calendar when they are released.
You can see our 20:20 submissions below.
The 2019 20:20 Cohort
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.
Editioning is the process of creating a run of prints from a prepared linocut, woodcut, etched plate etc.
The Hazelnut Press can take your finished plate and return you a set of prints.
The editioned prints are usually are presented in hand cut mounts using conservation grade mountboard.
Editions are usually of 30 with four Artist Proofs . The uncompromising approach to the image, the process and presentation creates an object of fine quality. The edition number is listed on every print.
We can also print cards and labels.