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What We Did on Our Summer Vacation, Part 2
September 27, 2016
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then 48 should make a pretty good novella. This year, the Goo Goo Dolls celebrate 30 years of music, with an album release and a world tour. To make each show in the United States special, they called upon us to design a unique, limited edition poster for forty-seven American cities (plus one Canadian city). It was the best kind of challenge, to design posters for so many venues and cities, in celebration of a great summer of live music, using our versatile and extensive collection of wood type and hand carved…
What We Did on Our Summer Vacation, Part 1
September 27, 2016
Well, really, this is about what we invited someone else to do on his summer vacation. Visiting Artist David Wolske spent much of his free time this summer traveling from his home near Indiana University, where he teaches graphic design and letterpress printing, and is a printmaker, to Nashville, to carry out an ambitious body of work using the largest type we have in the shop. We call this type our two-sheet font, because it takes two pieces of paper to print one letter. In the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century, the largest sheet size paper was approximately…
Hatch Show Print’s Haley Gallery Welcomes Visiting Artist David Wolske for Synæsthetica Exhibit
September 20, 2016
Show will run from October 1 to November 13 NASHVILLE, Sept. 20, 2016 — Hatch Show Print and Hatch Show Print’s Haley Gallery are proud to present new work by visiting artist David Wolske. Hailing from Indiana, Wolske visited Nashville’s historic print shop earlier this year to create his Synæsthetica series using some of the biggest wood type font in the shop’s collection. By employing larger-than-life letterforms and applying his twenty-first-century sensibilities, Wolske arranged the layers to create dynamic interactions of color and shape, engaging the viewer in a vivid dialogue with the vibrant hues and energetic geometry. Alongside his new…
August 29, 2016
ALERT: If you have a fear of clowns, do not scroll down. The Hatch Show Print Evil Clown, once spotted in towns and cities across America—on the street, in grocery stores, at the ballpark, or at the movies—had nearly vanished. And now, he’s back, sporting a gorgeous cotton-candy coloring, on a royal field of blue, and supported by a trio of great typefaces! Once again you can share your enjoyment of and admiration for the “rustic fool.” This image probably originated in the late nineteenth or early twentieth century, and is one of many inspired by a lineage of clowns…
Lightning Strikes Twice
August 29, 2016
Join us for First Saturday Art Crawl, September 3, 2016, from 6 to 9 p.m., to take in the latest collaborative printwork between master printer Jim Sherraden, and Jon Langford. The evening’s fun will include a live performance from Jon (founder of the Mekons and the Waco Brothers). The 2015 collaboration between master printer Jim Sherraden and Jon Langford, our first visiting artist, resulted in a beautiful edition of monoprints celebrating “Girl from the North Country,” a song written by Bob Dylan. It was a pleasure to share the shop with Jon, and the edition of twenty-five varied prints sold…
Curious about what we’ve been up to?
July 28, 2016
Our spring 2016 poster gallery is up on the web site! Check it out!
Process, Sweet Process
July 28, 2016
Whether we’re working with type, making biscuits, or figuring out the best way to keep track of jobs, creating a bit of a mess is part of the process of achieving final results. When master printer Jim Sherraden assembles a paper quilt, a series of seemingly small but beautiful messes are necessary. Jim carves his blocks at home, in winter, when the nights are long and cold, separating little bits of wood from the blocks, to create the imagery he uses in his quilts. Wood shavings end up strewn about his kitchen table. Or so we’ll have to imagine, as…
2016 Visiting Artist at Hatch Show Print
June 29, 2016
David Wolske, a printmaker and a professor at Indiana University, is our Visiting Artist this year. He came for a visit in May, to explore the collection and pull a few test prints. He’ll visit again during June, to produce the artwork, and then the art will adorn the walls of Hatch Show Print’s Haley Gallery for the month of October, alongside an array of David’s other vivid and absorbing printwork. Taking advantage of the opportunity to work with rare material, David will print with the shop’s two sheet type, celebrating these blocks, cut circa 1885, by injecting his twenty-first…
Treasure Hiding in Plain Sight
June 27, 2016
As usually happens, we uncovered another bit of our history in the shop, while looking for something else. Our wall of type was built as the shop purchased dozens of fonts of large wood type (our type that is about four inches, or twenty-five picas high, or taller). The wall holds that wood type as well as our collection of hand-carved image blocks and vintage photo plates. Indeed, it holds much that we have yet to explore fully. While pulling type from the wall for one of our custom design jobs, we rediscovered a font of type in which every…
The Eyes Have It!
April 29, 2016
Did you know? To create the “Eyes of Hatch” monoprint art, master printer Jim Sherraden carved the eyes of many shop favorites from advertising posters through the decades, from Minnie Pearl to George Washington, to Silas Green's Big Woman. Jim then prints these (mostly linoleum) cuts individually, pieces the prints together into quilts of eyes, adds more ink by hand, with a brayer and palette knife, to the printwork, stopping only when he feels the quilt has the right texture, dimension, and color. The finished quilts are on view in Hatch Show Print's Haley Gallery, located just across the lobby…
Check out our latest work!
April 29, 2016
We’ve updated our poster gallery with those from early spring 2016. Read More . . .
Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.
April 29, 2016
With 137 years under our belts, we’re often carrying on traditions and routines that were established by the Hatch family in its first two generations, albeit with a few twenty-first century twists. Being thrifty and resourceful has always made sound business sense, and helps to ensure that the presses keep running. Today, thrift and resourcefulness are responsible stewardship, not only for the shop, but for the community we’ve been fortunate enough to call home for nearly a century and a half. Reduce, also known as Christmas Miracles. If the founders, Charles and Herbert Hatch, or Charles’s son, Will T., were…
Old Crow Medicine Show
March 25, 2016
In December of last year, Cory designed and printed a pair of posters for Old Crow Medicine Show’s two-night stand at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. These posters feature a hand-carved block, created for these prints: We documented Cory’s progress through this job, carving the block and printing the posters, and the thoughtful folks at the Ryman Auditorium included a few clips in their video featurette on Old Crow Medicine Show, Backstage at the Ryman. Watch a few minutes of Cory, carving and printing faster than lightning right here. If you missed Old Crow Medicine Show in December, they…
Spring Break Fun Activity: A Story in a Poster to be a Book
March 24, 2016
We shared our work and our fair city with a conference of book artists (CBAA) earlier this year. Being with them reminded us of the fun of one-sheet books. So, we designed and printed one. These are for sale in our retail shop, if you enjoy posters that can also be books. Making a one-sheet book can be as simple as folding a piece of paper in half. Adding a few more folds and cuts produces a book with a cover panel and eight pages, such as the book we made. What follows are instructions for some quick…
Check out the work we’ve been up to!
February 25, 2016
Peruse our poster galleries; we’ve updated with hundreds of recent projects.
February 22, 2016
As happens, the holidays crept up on us like a hungry cat . . . you know, the one you don’t hear until you look down and it’s right there, pacing figure eights in and around your legs and howling for supper? Fortunately, before we got caught up in the paper chains and jolly Santas, we were able to kick off a couple of projects that included all of the traditional Hatch Show Print processes of setting type, selecting imagery, and getting inky, plus the added steps it takes to go virtual, including scanning, re-sizing, creating patterns, layering, separating, and…
Tales from a Typographic Trip: Tale #2
December 01, 2015
Each year for the last seven years, our comrades in wood type and print history at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, have put on a conference of sorts, simply called Wayzgoose. Traditionally, a wayzgoose happens at the end of the summer season: Print shops prepare for the cold months by insulating their windows with paper pulp, and cleaning up from the season’s printing chaos. Then the shop owner rewards all for a productive summer with a feast, often a roasted goose. This particular gathering takes place about ninety miles north of Milwaukee, on Lake…
Hatch Show Print Staffers Stock Gallery for the Holidays
November 18, 2015
Hot on the heels of hosting our Artober visiting artist Jon Langford, Hatch Show Print’s Haley Gallery has been transformed to feature the ”evening efforts” of the poster shop’s staff designer-printers. As varied as our poster designs get, this work stretches even further, including handmade books, photoprints, and great wood cuts. The show is up now, continuing into the beginning of the New Year. Join us on Saturday, December 5 for sips and bites and to meet the artists. Read more. .
Hatch Show Print Announces Second Annual Moonlightin’ Exhibit in Haley Gallery
November 11, 2015
Exhibit Opens Saturday, November 14 NASHVILLE, Tenn., November 11, 2015— Hatch Show Print and Hatch Show Print’s Haley Gallery are proud to present Moonlightin’, a special exhibit featuring works created by the legendary letterpress print shop’s designer-printers while off the clock. The artists were given carte blanche to create outside of the normal confines of their daily Hatch Show Print duties, while referencing the shop’s classic letterpress style. Works vary in size and format, with prices starting at $50. The show will run from Saturday, Nov. 14 to Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016. Patrons will have an opportunity to meet the artists…
Installation Suggestion: Wall to wall color, tastefully.
October 22, 2015
What’s the best way to frame your Hatch Show Print poster? There’s really no “best” way, but for some folks the answer is: Color! A good friend of the shop recently installed six Hatch Show Print posters in one room in his house, and sent us a photo of the results. Does it get any better than this? Frames, all the same material and style, are colored to complement the palette of posters. This visual connection between the prints draws your eye over the entire space, and the wall itself is no fading violet! It’s a statement unto itself, but…
Meet the Girl From the North Country at the November Art Crawl!
October 19, 2015
Join us in Hatch Show Print’s Haley Gallery for the November First Saturday Art Crawl, on November 7, from 6 to 9 pm. Meet Jon Langford and Jim Sherraden, take in an installation of Jon’s art in the gallery, and hear some live music. In September, musician and artist Langford visited us in the shop, and worked with master printer Jim Sherraden to create a limited edition monoprint based on the lyrics to Bob Dylan’s “Girl from the North Country,” recorded in Nashville as a duet with Johnny Cash in 1969. Jim and Jon meticulously hand-inked and printed each of…
Tales from a Typographic Trip: Tale #1
August 17, 2015
This summer, I made a trip to Italy, to study some of the origins of the written word, and the printed word (in the Western Hemisphere), and then do a little bit of printmaking myself. Travelling is a great reminder of how wide and wonderful the world is, and how many fellow printers there are out there. I’ll try not to wander too far off the path of this tale, but tracing the connections from pre-printed words, on stone and in books, into our world here at Hatch Show Print, is fascinating. From a time in the fourteenth and fifteenth…
A Show Poster by Any Other Name
August 17, 2015
The custom design work that comes out of the Production Shop every day is focused on telling clients’ stories in forty words or fewer—with the emphasis on fewer. Designer-printers can design posters that make you look, with messages that can be read quickly. The large, hand-carved blocks that Will T. Hatch and his staff designed to help their clients advertise their shows, services, wares, and wrestling matches, also kept the words to a minimum to allow as much room as possible for eye-catching imagery. Fewer letters mean clearer messages: New Comedians! More Animals! Air Conditioned! Daring Feats Daily! To show…
Hatch Show Print’s Haley Gallery to Showcase New Exhibit Jim Sherraden: Personal Woodcuts
June 23, 2015
Exhibit Opens Friday, July 3, and Runs Through Saturday, August 8 NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 23, 2015—Hatch Show Print, a historic property of the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum since 1992 and one of the oldest working letterpress shops in America, will offer visitors a comprehensive look at the work of the shop’s master printer in a new installation Jim Sherraden: Personal Woodcuts. The exhibit will reside in Hatch Show Print’s Haley Gallery and will feature woodcut prints dating from the beginning of Sherraden’s 30-year career as a printmaker up to recent multimedia interpretations. The show will open during…
Google Spotlights Hatch Show Print
June 02, 2015
While our day-to-day workflow in the shop is so two centuries ago, we do enjoy leveraging the best of this digital era from time to time. And Google noticed: Hatch Show Print has been selected by Google as the featured small business for the state of Tennessee, and profiled in their 2014 Economic Impact Report! Read more about it here.
An Archaeological Adventure
May 08, 2015
The first Friday in April proved to be the perfect day for a little light destruction in the shop—in the name of preservation, of course! While much of our time in the shop is focused on design and printing, we also take time to explore the history of the shop and the incredible collection we have to draw upon and preserve—and sometimes that means we’ve got to tear a table apart. When we moved into our new shop in October 2013, we finally had the chance to get more organized, and create permanent homes for the collection. Along the way,…
SGC Printacular Spectacular
April 08, 2015
In March 2015, the staff from Hatch Show Print traveled to Knoxville, Tennessee, to participate in the annual conference of the Southern Graphics Council International. The SGCI is committed to educating its members about issues and processes concerning original prints, drawings, book arts, and handmade paper. Every March, the organization teams up with the printmaking departments of the colleges within the host city, to put on a conference that is wall-to-wall ink on paper—seminars, discussions, demonstrations, installations, open portfolio sessions, parties, exhibitions and sales and swaps. This year, as it happened to be in our home state, a gang of…
February 20, 2015
Cory was exploring the archive for a poster job, and came across some curious blocks in our collection of month blocks and now, we’re curious... We’re fairly certain that our predecessors here at the shop did not know that the late 20th century and early 21st century would herald the era of textese (i.e., LOL, ROFL), and the blocks are shelved with blocks that are the same size and typeface, carved for the other months of the year, so we’re pretty sure that MCH, like MAR, stands for March, but we’d never seen such an abbreviation before. Historically, the shop…
An Educational Experience in Just a Few Minutes!
February 20, 2015
After a wonderful holiday show featuring the work of the designer printers at Hatch, we’ve rehung Hatch Show Print’s Haley Gallery with fresh monoprints from Jim Sherraden, and, we’ve take the time to pair some of the restrikes of the blocks in the shop’s collection with the actual blocks the prints are made from! You can stand inches from the block and see the marks left by the carving tools, and, if you are anything like us, marvel at the incredible hand-lettering and illustration work that went into each design. Hatch Show Print’s Haley Gallery is open Sunday – Wednesday,…
To carve and what to carve . . . those are the questions!
January 12, 2015
One of the curiosities of the shop that often comes up in conversation relates our process for deciding when it is appropriate to take the time to carve a new image block to use in a poster design. The first part of the answer is the easiest: Some of our clients bring their jobs to Hatch Show Print, knowing that they would like to have an image carved by hand and incorporated into the poster design. Sometimes this is the company logo that naturally lends itself to being hand carved, and other times, it is a customer who really wants…
December 12, 2014
A good friend of the shop made a great find during a recent jaunt to the Nashville Flea Market: A Hatch Show Print date book from 1967! Just seeing this piece of ephemera from the last century would be amazing, but this particular date book was well used by its owner, and reveals more stories about Nashville in that year . . . . The owner of the book, Mr. K, was employed by the Municipal Auditorium here in Nashville, in 1967, and he used the book to record both the hours he worked and the exhibitors and shows and…
What Do You Get When You Introduce A Collie To A Wesel?
December 12, 2014
A revived block and a new print in Hatch Show Print’s Haley Gallery! Now that we’re in our new home on 5th Avenue South, we’re tackling projects we just dreamed about. . . and one of those dreams was to get the shop router up and running, a Wesel, probably from the first half of the 20th century. Bec, who leads daily tours of the shop and our history, and is ever-inquisitive and handy, took on the challenge of sourcing router bits and test-cutting various wood surfaces, before she dove into re-carving a favorite block from the collection that none…
This week’s visitor to the shop is also part of the shop’s archive!
November 06, 2014
Earlier this year, the team at Pillsbury contacted us to create the artwork for the official aprons of Pillsbury’s 47th Annual Bake-Off, held this week in Nashville. They were interested in a uniquely Nashville texture for the aprons, so Heather used some of classic blocks from the archive, PLUS injected something a little ‘fresh’ into the design, by hand-carving Poppin’ Fresh in wood! For a project like this, where we’re incorporating new art into a design, the general layout is determined, first with sketches, then typesetting what we have on hand (the type and imagery from the archive), along with…
The Workhorses Of The Print Shop
October 01, 2014
Most of the time, when we’re talking about the process of letterpress printing great show posters, what we share are the results of that process – the colorful posters. But an important part of getting those results, and nearly as rare as the incredible collection of wood type and image blocks that we have here at Hatch Show Print, are the printing presses we use to print the posters. For most of the 20th century, the presses that the shop used to print the billboards and banners and show posters were massive cylinder presses that are often recognized as newspaper…
Songs Of Summer
August 20, 2014
In their ongoing quest to tell the stories of the music that comes out of this great city, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum examined the advent of rhythm & blues here during the first quarter-century after World War II. It’s a story about a musically rich but little known chapter in the evolution of Nashville as the Music City, and in addition to the well-attended 2004 exhibit, called Night Train to Nashville, the Museum earned a Grammy Award for the two-disc cd that accompanied the exhibit. Looking back ten years later, the best way to celebrate bringing…
Old Blocks – New Prints!
June 20, 2014
In the last 22 years, Hatch has moved twice. The first relocation, in 1992, from 4th Avenue to Broadway, allowed us to unearth a number of old blocks that had been tucked into corners or cut up to use as shelving. During the shop’s time on Broadway, an intrepid volunteer (thank you Russell!) meticulously matched and reassembled (with glue and linen tape) as many blocks as two sultry summer vacations would allow. Since we’ve moved into our new home on 5th Avenue South, we’ve actually been able to put all of our blocks away in shelves (made from retired traveling exhibition…
Check Out The Print Shop
April 17, 2014
Check out the printing going on in the shop, as we celebrated our sixth month in our new home and the 135th birthday of Hatch Show Print! Laura prints a true rainbow roll, Heather prints a double split fountain, and Jim is making monoprints, while interns and fellow staff carry on typesetting, making ready, mixing ink, and more. The icing on the cake is that all of this presswork is visible all along our 80 foot glass wall on the west side of the shop, so visitors can watch the presses and printers in action!
Timelapse of Moving Locations
November 01, 2013
Wow! What a lot of type, presses and printing equipment we moved! Check out these time lapse movies of our preparation and transition from 316 Broadway to our new home at 224 5th Avenue South.
Old Sign, New Location
September 26, 2013
The neon sign is in its new spot at 224 5th Avenue South and lit!
Packing Jim’s Desk
September 12, 2013
More than 20 years of the art and business of managing Hatch Show Print is contained within two desks in the shop. Jim Sherraden started with a standard low desk, and eventually moved to a standing desk (placed right next to the other desk )when it got too busy to sit down during the day. Being located at the heart of the shop meant that it needed to be packed early in the move process, as daunting as the idea was! We also took the time to pack up the ephemera and equipment that was stored in the large block-carving…
Where to Start?
August 01, 2013
Hatch Show Print Broadway Location With 134 years' worth of equipment, tools and the accessories of printing posters (wood blocks, photoplates and more), plus more than 20 years to allow all sorts of paper to collect in the building's nooks and crannies, where do you start? Upstairs, of course! This spring, before it got too warm in our second floor storage areas, volunteers and staff packed up all of the photoplates that have been made since Hatch moved into 316 Broadway in 1992, as well as the archive of each poster and design job. The job histories and photoplates are…