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Prints from the Hatch Show Print Collection

March 05, 2019

​ January 19 – March 24 Selected hand-crafted large-scale prints created from the historic Hatch Show Print archive will be highlighted in this exhibition. This grouping will provide a glimpse into the graphic and bold style that have made Hatch Show Print and iconic print shop.

Wayne White at Hatch Show Print

November 09, 2018

When it came time to consider this year’s guest artist, it was a natural fit to work with a native Tennessean, and fellow fan of the history of this region and its music – known by many as Wayne White, and Hatch Show Print’s 2018 Visiting Artist.  And it has been a blast: The linoleum bits flew for two weeks, as Wayne jumped right into the shop’s letterpress print-based process and carved his first set of multi-color blocks ever (!), and swapped tips and tales with designer-printer Heather (who acted as guide and master printer while Wayne visited this new…

A Peek Into Jim Sherraden’s Process

August 22, 2018

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…

You’re Never Too Old If You’re Not the Oldest

May 16, 2018

Each year, when April 12 rolls around, we celebrate Hatch Show Print’s birthday. We are honoring the date that Will T. Hatch recognized as the business’s first day in an article commemorating the shop’s sixty years in business that appeared in a 1939 issue of The Inland Printer. As old as this letterpress print shop is, there is a poster shop, just up the road a piece in Indiana, which is actually one year older than Hatch Show Print. Tribune Showprint (that’s not a typo – some poster shops used one word) was established in 1878. If you have spent…

From One Wall to Another

April 04, 2018

Nashville is in the midst of a renaissance of painted public art. Walls all over the city have been transformed from dull or invisible expanses of gray into vibrant canvases for muralists, graffiti artists, and sign painters. Familiar with thinking big, Hatch Show Print and the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum have established a relationship with local graffiti artist Bryan Deese, who was enlisted to translate the ink used on our posters into paint on a wall at Five Points in East Nashville. Murals and wall-sized painted signs or advertisements are kissing cousins of the billboards that were…

Another Poster Gallery update!

February 26, 2018

Check out the work we made in late 2017.​

Hatch Show Print Inspired Monoprint Art by Designer-Printer Devin Goebel

February 26, 2018

Designer-Printer Devin Goebel burns the candle at both ends, working in the shop by day and on his own art into the wee hours of the night. In addition to The Haley Gallery’s annual Moonlightin’ show, Devin has shown work in Julia Martin Gallery, another Nashville gallery. This March, Devin’s monoprint works, made in the shop using our collection of historic and iconic show poster blocks and old wood type, will be on display in Hatch Show Print’s Haley Gallery. Join us for the opening, Saturday, March 3, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. If you haven’t met him yet, consider…

Wrapping up 2017: Our Latest Work

February 07, 2018

We closed out 2017 with a flurry of posters — check them out in our poster galleries. 

Cosmic! Our Latest Work

January 26, 2018

We celebrated the Solar Eclipse here in Nashville last summer, and made a few other posters that are outta this world — check them out in our poster galleries. 

Pour Your Heart Out!

January 26, 2018

​As winter set in we prepared for the season of indoor activities . . . and for us, that meant printing a bunch of new stationery perfect for warming hearts!   You can stop by the retail shop in person to pick your favorites, along with oversized valentines (some people call them posters), or chocolate, or shop our online store.  Spending all this time on stationery is as close as we get to the small ephemera the shop used to print. Waaay back in the last century, even though Hatch Show Print was already well established as a show poster…

Cold Weather Advisory: Let’s Celebrate the City When It’s All Ours

January 26, 2018

We look forward to January and February each year, when we can regroup, reorganize, and enjoy all this city has to offer, nearly visitor-free. Here on Fifth Avenue South, the first two weekends of February are chock full of chances to get inky and take in some of the art made in Nashville. February 3, 6:00 – 9:00 pm: First Saturday Art Crawl All of the galleries on the west side of the Cumberland River stay open late, welcoming visitors with grown-up refreshment. Hatch Show Print’s Haley Gallery will feature iconic advertising art of the last century, with a variety…

Meet 2017 Visiting Artist Judith Poirier

September 26, 2017

As letterpress printers, we make it our focus to ensure that the type absolutely does not move while it is in use in a printing press. So, to see and hear type moving in the animated shorts made by experimental filmmaker Judith Poirier is surprising and noisy and delightful. Poirier is a filmmaker, graphic designer, and professor at École de Design, Université du Québec à Montréal. She spent two weeks in Nashville this summer to create work that merges filmmaking and letterpress printing for a show in our Haley Gallery this October. During her visit with us in July, Judith…

Getting Inky in California

September 26, 2017

The International Printing Museum, in Carson, California, hosted the annual Wayzgoose for the Amalgamated Printers Association at the end of July 2017. The APA is made up of professionals, hobbyists, and artists, all actively letterpress printing and sharing examples of their work with one another. Those who can, gather in person to catch up. The host—one, or several, APA members-- chooses a location that offers opportunities to print, see rare or interesting tools and print work, and swap tall tales of type, printing presses, or production. This year, a small but enthusiastic group gathered in Carson. The IPM’s staff and…

Hatch Show Print Block Party

September 21, 2017

Revel in the creative atmosphere of Hatch Show Print as you work with the shop’s image blocks and ink to create a design that you can hand-print onto paper, a tote bag, or a t-shirt. WHO: You and your friends, or just you WHEN: 6:00 to 8:00 PM, during the First Saturday Art Crawl Downtown WHERE: Universal Music Group Hatch Show Print Space for Design, next to the Hatch Show Print store COST: $40 per adult No experience necessary. All materials provided, but you may bring your own t-shirt. The program is conducted by Hatch Show Print staff. Space is…

Pressing On World Premiere: A Celebration of Letterpress Printing

June 21, 2017

Memorial Day weekend 2017 was the best sort of family reunion at Hatch Show Print. The world premiere of Pressing On: The Letterpress Film, was just the keystone event we needed to build a solid day of serious fun here in Nashville.  The film was made by Erin Beckloff and the team at Bayonet Media, including Erin’s co-director, Andrew Quinn; producer Kevin Grazioli; and director of photography Joe Vella. The movie grew out of Erin’s master’s degree thesis, and is a beautifully captured and heartening look into how letterpress printing has survived its near-demise as a commercial print process. Working…

Celebrate summer, Hatch Show Print style

June 21, 2017

Whether your summer vacation means camping in the great outdoors, heading to your favorite festival, or taking off on an epic road trip, we’ve got a couple of accessories that you should not leave home without.   Designed at Hatch Show Print, and made by hand in Nashville, our bandanas are 100 percent cotton, and a perfect way to stay cool and covered in the great outdoors. We’ve created two designs, and each one comes in three colorways.   Stay hydrated or stay “hydrated,” depending on your desire, with these easy-to-travel canvas flasks. Two sizes, to guarantee your thirst is…

Fresh prints of Nashville (and beyond)

June 20, 2017

We’ve updated our poster galleries with a batch of posters, hot off the presses! 

Join us for the First Saturday Art Crawl on July 1

June 20, 2017

Hatch Show Print’s Haley Gallery presents Jim Sherraden: New Work July 1, 2017 – August 27, 2017 Join us for First Saturday Art Crawl, July 1, from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, to view new paper quilts and prints from Jim Sherraden. In a natural transition from working with letters as forms, using the historical Hatch Show Print collection and archive, Sherraden’s new work explores geometric shapes as the primary form source. Recalling quilts or oriental rugs, the work is assembled through a process of construction, deconstruction, and reconstruction. Newly carved wood blocks, created during his recent sabbatical in Northern…

Celebrate With Us Too!

March 30, 2017

The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will celebrate its 50th anniversary on April 1, 2017, with a full day of festivities for Museum visitors. On April 1 only, ticket prices will roll back to $1.50 for all guests, the same price as a ticket on the Museum’s opening day in 1967. The Museum will celebrate all day long, offering multiple musical performances and activities throughout the building. Guests will enjoy refreshments prepared by museum executive chef Bobby Hammock and witness the reveal of a special 50th anniversary cake created by Dulce Desserts. In addition, the first 5,000 guests…

Well-crafted Type and Advertising Blocks Make Art in the Twenty-first Century

March 30, 2017

Early in the history of Hatch Show Print, customers sometimes called upon the shop to print large-format advertising. As the twentieth century dawned, that meant billboards or large ads to be pasted on barns, grocery stores, and other commercial buildings located along a town’s main street. The large-format caught the attention of passersby on foot, in wagons, or in cars. Eye-catching graphics—whether they included imagery or stylized lettering—attracted notice. Critical information---who, what, when, where, and how much—was printed using hand-set wood and metal type, and would have been pasted up side by side to make complete ads. Unfortunately, few if…

Power of the Press T-shirts

February 03, 2017

Educate, celebrate, memorialize, and, yes, editorialize. We're glad that we are able to do this, all day, every day, telling the stories our customers want to share. Designed using type and blocks in our collection, of course! Available in red or blue.​

Love Letters?!

February 03, 2017

We've been busy restocking the gallery with prints, including every letter we have in our one sheet font. This type is 25 x 40 inches, printable on the largest sheet size paper available at the turn of the last century (approx. 30 x 40 inches). Check them out during February’s First Saturday Art Crawl. You can also make your own love letter, in the form of a hand printed valentine! ​ 

Winter Make Art Session

February 03, 2017

Love is in the air – and on the press! On February 10 and 11 make your own missives of amour—be they hand-printed valentines, heart chains, or heart-shaped paper baskets. We’ll be getting inky in the Universal Music Group Hatch Show Print Space for Design, inside our shop, from 9:30 a.m. until noon. This drop-in program is free and open to all ages. This drop in program is free and open to all ages. 

Fall/Winter 2016 Poster Gallery

February 03, 2017

​We celebrated the holidays nearly every day in November and December this year. Check out our fall/winter 2016 poster gallery.

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…

He’s Baaaack!

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…

Process, Sweet Process

August 08, 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…

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!

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.

Going Digital

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…

Recommended Reading

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…