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. Sadly, we will be taking a break from some projects this year until things return to some sort of normality. These are the projects we are still actively involved with.
Medway Print Festival: will be happening on-line this year from 16-21 June.
Dickens 150: We will commemorate the 150th anniversary of Charles Dickens' death later this year with an exhibition of prints at Rochester Art Gallery. We will include prints by several members of The Hazelnut Press.
Gravesham Arts have selected Heather Haythornthwaite for the Gravesham Arts Sponsored Artist programme for 2019-2020. She is currently working with Gravesend Art Group on the Fluid Landscapes community sketch book project.
20:20 Print Exchange: The exchange is set to take place this year, with work due to be sent by mid-October, and we hope to participate.
Printmaking Techniques: Click here for a link to an excellent 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.
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 2020 calendar.
You can see our 20:20 submissions below.
The 2019 20:20 Cohort
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.
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.
Ban The Mindreader Teatowels
‘Ban the Mindreader’ the tea towel is for sale
We don't have a shop on this site at the moment, so please use the instructions below to buy one.
The price is £10 each, or £18 for two, excluding postage and PayPal charges.
How to Order
Email us 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 £2.00 to your order for postage and PayPal .
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.