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!

 
 
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. 

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

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

 

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.

Ionut Bertea

Frances Bray

Ana-Maria Ghitescu

Liz Howe

Mary Leonard

Pat Lock

Sharon Pallent

Tony Smith

Yvonne South

Debbie Sutton

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.

Block Printing Workshop

Introduction to Letterpress Workshop

Two Day Letterpress Course

Karazuri Blind Embossing Workshop

Linocut Card Workshop

Three Day Lino Course

Monoprint and Drypoint Etching Course

Two Day Aquatint Etching Course

Browse through these courses, see what takes your fancy and Contact Us to book you in.

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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.
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​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.

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The 2019 20:20 Cohort

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

 

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
 
 

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.

 

Editioning

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.