Gift Vouchers

MFP Gift VoucherGift vouchers make a lovely present when you would like to pay for someone to go on a course, but aren’t sure which one to choose.

Our vouchers are hand printed on a Gocco machine, with a design featuring the zigzags found on the front of the INTRA building.

You can buy them for any amount, and they can be spent on:

  • gift voucher with gocco machineCourses at Medway Fine Printmakers
  • Open access sessions
  • Materials such as paper and ink
  • Items in the on-site Printed Wonders shop, including printed artworks, textiles, stationery, cards and gifts.

Below are some popular voucher values, with examples of what they can be spent on and links to buy them online.

If you would like a voucher for any other amount – please contact us.

Vouchers are valid for one year from the end of the month that they are purchased in. They cannot be exchanged for cash, but if only part of the voucher is spent, the rest of the voucher can be held in credit for use by the recipient any time before it expires.

Wayzgoose Print Fair – Sat Dec 13th

Letterpressed poster for the Wayzgoose by Heather Haythornthwaite

Letterpressed poster for the Wayzgoose by Heather Haythornthwaite

Prints galore will be on show and for sale at the Christmas ‘Wayzgoose’ Print Fair at INTRA on Saturday 13th December (10am – 5pm), jointly hosted by Medway Fine Printmakers and Hazelnut Press.

INTRA’s lovely shop-front workspace will be filled with stalls selling fine art prints, hand printed clothes & bags, Christmas cards, tags, decorations and wrap from Medway and Kent-based printmakers. Prices to suit all pockets! You can meet the artists and chat about the techniques they use and see some of them in action. Many printmakers are happy to take commissions for custom works too, ideal for a special gift.

  • Win BREATHTAKING prizes on the tombola!
  • MARVEL and ASTOUND yourself with
    undiscovered printmaking skills!
  • Gasp at DAREDEVIL ink techniques!
  • Be DELIGHTED with the ephemera and original
    prints for sale!
  • Shout HUZZAH for no particular reason!
Typeset letters for wayzgoose poster

Letterpressed poster in the making…

A ‘Wayzgoose‘ is a traditional printers’ fair, a chance to swap and sell small amounts of equipment, type, and tools alongside printed artworks. In the print studio behind the stalls, we’ll be running demos of the etching press, albion press and screen printing, so you’ll get a close-up look at how prints are made.

Bag a course for 20p!

Because we’ll all be in a festive mood, and as it is a traditional fair, there will be a tombola with prizes both fantastic, and fantastically rubbish. Buy a 20p ticket or 6 for a pound and you could bag the most bargainous course booking, a gorgeous piece of art… or if less lucky, perhaps a knitted toilet roll cover, or bizarre-sounding exotic tinned food.

Tea or coffee with biscuits will be available for £1.

Money raised from the fair will go towards running the Medway Fine Printmakers and Hazelnut Press print studios.

Find us at INTRA, 337-341 High Street, Rochester, Kent ME1 1DA (directions & map here).

xmas-lights-bunting

20:20 Print Exchange 2014

Faye Brown printing her 20:20 edition

Faye Brown printing her 20:20 edition

Fifteen artists working at Medway Fine Printmakers signed up for the 20:20 print exchange this year, and have produced a wonderful range of prints to represent the studio. Each participant in the project produces a 20cm x 20cm edition of 25 using any print technique. Ours included etching, drypoint, photopolymer, screen print and thermofax. We sent them all off to Hot Bed Press in Salford, who have the mammoth task of shuffling everything (14,625 prints from more that 40 workshops last year!) and sending them back out.

We’ll each receive a box set of prints from random 20:20 printmakers, and our studio will be paired with another one so that we get a full set of their prints. International studios are taking part this year, as well as those across the UK and Ireland. It’s a great thing to be involved in and we salute Hot Bed Press for organising it. There will be some prints on sale from the exchange – to raise money for our studio. We’re planning a print fair on December 13th at INTRA and will have our 20:20 prints on show and for sale.

Our artists this year are:
Fay Hardstaff, Faye Brown, Ian Shelley, Jane Furst, Jane Pitt, Jane Prangnell, Julie Turner, Julija Baranova, Kasia Parker, Kevin Younger, Marco Cali, Megan Seymour-Jones, Natalie Piper, Polly Alpin, and Xtina Lamb.

Prints for 20:20 by artists at Medway Fine Printmakers

Collagraph – experiments in texture

Last weekend’s collagraph course with Kristiina Sandoe was a big hit with the four people taking part. So much so that they were planning a third day together even before they finished. We thought we would share some photographs from the course to show what they got up to, experimenting with textural materials from kitchen cupboards, saved from the bin, gathered from the garden and diverted from DIY supplies!

Each person made several plates by gluing materials to a thick card base, trying out textures and building images. They learnt how to prepare plates, ink them up and run them through the etching press with dampened paper. The range of marks is astonishing, and the print studio rang with comments such as “ooo how lovely” and “wow look at that!”, because this is a printmaking method that really encourages you to play. Kristiina is a great tutor, very knowledgable and encouraging. We’re very happy to have her with us.

Half price Autumn workshops

Liz Miller – photopolymer etching

This Autumn, Medway Fine Printmakers have an exhibition ‘Beyond Boundaries‘ at Rochester Art Gallery, featuring the work of Xtina Lamb, Adam Piper and our first artist in residence – Liz Miller. To compliment the show we have a programme of printmaking workshops, and Medway Council are generously supporting us to offer a selection of them at half the normal price.

As well as regular all ages favourite ‘Print Your Own…’, a two-hour Autumn-themed relief printing workshop for children and our popular two day introduction to screen printing for adults, we’re excited to include a new course where you can learn how to create and print photopolymer etching plates with Liz Miller.

The full programme of Autumn 2014 workshops is featured on our courses page, but the following ones at half price can be booked with the links below.

Print Your Own…

Children printing cushions with thermofax screensTue 26 Aug 2014, noon – 5pm
Ages 7+ £2.50 – £4
Five sessions of mini screen printing with Xtina Lamb. Choose from over 50 designs including mermaids, ships, robots, flowers, spirals, hearts, birds etc. and print them on a flag or small bag (£2.50), or tote bag, t-shirt or cushion cover (£4.00). Each workshop takes 30-45 mins, sessions start on the hour.
Book online
Please choose a price and session time
(times without a link are sold out):
£2.50   Noon  / 1pm / 2pm / 3pm / 4pm
£4.00   Noon / 1pm / 2pm / 3pm / 4pm

Photo Stencil Screen Printing

Screen printing on a fabric table Sat 30 & Sun 31 Aug 2014, 11am – 5pm
Adults £55
Create silkscreen stencils using your own artwork in this two day course with Xtina Lamb. Reclaim a screen, coat it with photo-sensitive emulsion, prepare your artwork, create the stencil and print onto paper or textiles. Practice printing your screen and combine with further techniques, adding background colours, paper stencils, blending etc., to create layered prints.

SOLD OUT  – Please contact us if you would like to go on a reserve list.

Autumn Printing Workshop for Children

children printing with simple foam relief blocksSun 28th Sept 2014, 2pm – 4pm
Ages 7+ £5
Make Autumn themed prints from your own drawn designs using an easy relief printing method in this two-hour workshop with Xtina Lamb.

SOLD OUT – Please contact us if you would like to go on a reserve list.

Photopolymer Etching / Solar Plate

solar plate being washed out after exposureSat 6 & Sun 7th Sept 2014, 11am – 5pm
Adults £60
Create an etching plate from your own artwork using a non-toxic photographic process, then print it using a lovely vintage etching press. A two day course with Liz Miller, with the option to also try out polymer relief plates. Detailed instruction on preparing transparencies for the best results, exposing and washing out the plates, inking up and wiping your plate, and working with different papers.

SOLD OUT – Please contact us if you would like to go on a reserve list or hear about future dates for this course.

Etching & Drypoint Classes

We’ve lined up some new workshops around the intaglio techniques used at Medway Fine Printmakers. A five hour / two morning drypoint class with Liz Kelleher begins in June, and in July we have a two-day introduction to etching with Heather Haythornthwaite where you can use non-toxic metal salt solutions to bite metal plates (instead of more hazardous traditional acids), working with hard and soft grounds to etch and print zinc plates.

Jane Furst incising a drypoint plate

Jane Furst incising a drypoint plate

If you have experience of intaglio printing, but could use some help improving your technique, come along to Jane Furst’s sessions held on the last Wednesday of each month 1-4pm, and other Wednesdays by request. Jane can give one-to-one advice, demonstrate techniques, and will have her collection of etching tools on hand for use in these sessions. Price is £10 (£8 concessions) on top of the open access session fee.

In July we will be joined by artist in residence Liz Miller, who will be working on her ‘Classics on Vinyl’ series combining music and visual art in a photopolymer etching project investigating repetitive patterns in music. Liz will be running a special weekend photopolymer etching workshop for us in September, to accompany our group exhibition at Rochester Art Gallery. The course will be subsidised by Medway Arts Team and will cost £60 for the two days.

Peta Bridle: Acrylic drypoint

Peta Bridle’s highly detailed drawings of cityscapes, shops, landscapes, and people have been delighting us at the print studio ever since she joined us at Boundary Wharf. She uses a diamond tipped tool to draw freely on acetate plates, for an intaglio technique called drypoint. Her work documents places or ways of life that seem out of time or maybe about to be lost.

Wapping stairs

Wapping stairs

The surface of the plate is scratched with a sharp point in order to incise grooves, but also to raise a burr. The burrs make the edges of the marks a little softer than hard ground etched plates, and they hold some extra ink above the grooved lines.

Inking up the plates takes some time, especially when you have such detailed work. Peta wipes off the ink in areas she needs to be lighter, balancing this with plenty of ink to print in the incised marks. Then she runs it through the etching press with soaked water that can squeeze into the grooves of the plate. Acetate plates are quite fragile, so they won’t withstand a print run like etched plates, but they don’t require biting with acid or metal salt solutions, so the results can be quite immediate.

Peta-lifting-print

Peta printing an acetate plate on our Rochat etching press

Liverpool Street Station

Donovan Bros Paper Bag Shop

Donovan Bros Paper Bag Shop

Des Junk Shop