What you'll do
The Block Party offers an opportunity for participants to work with a selection of the hand carved image blocks, and become familiar with the process of the inky art of printmaking. Instruction will cover the basics of laying out images, with consideration given to creating layers, and using color. After some introduction to the best way to use the ink and brayers, the pieces are finished by printing them by hand on paper, and cloth (tee shirts, tote bags, and tea towels). The full reveal is usually a WOW! moment!
I am a native Tennessean, from Columbia, TN. For as long as I can remember, even before I could tell you where they came from, I have been looking at posters made by Hatch Show Print. Established in 1879, this letterpress poster and design shop is America’s oldest letterpress poster shop with this depth of history and new work. The shop’s posters established the look and feel of live entertainment across the South throughout the twentieth century, and are now sought after for their unique and tactile designs in the twenty-first century. As an artist and teacher, it’s been a dream to work as part of the education team at Hatch Show Print. I am excited to share everything I have learned about block printing and poster design with you, and for you to have the chance to work with the shop’s hand carved imagery to print your own designs.
About the organization
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
HATCH SHOW PRINT Founded in 1879, and making posters the same way today. The process, known as letterpress, involves using hand carved image blocks, setting wood and metal type, inking, and pressing these elements onto paper to form a poster or print. The shop’s vibrant posters served as a leading advertising medium in the last century, and are commemorative pieces in this century.
This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Tea Towels, Tote Bags, Jewelry Bags, (1) T-Shirt of your choice to print on and keep!
Where you'll be
You will visit Hatch Show Print, a 140 year old letterpress poster and design shop that still operates in the same manner today. When the shop moved to its current home on 5th Avenue South, a classroom was added to conduct tours and workshops. Covered floor to ceiling with posters from its archive, you will be surrounded with inspiration as you use some of the same hand carved images to print your own design.
Things to keep in mind
For a full refund, cancel at least 7 days before the experience is scheduled to start or within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend.
IMPORTANT BOOKING NOTES: Please leave your phone number so we can contact you. *LET US KNOW IF YOU DO NOT SEE YOUR DATE! We will see if we are able to accommodate.
Hatch Show Print Block Party