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A VISIT TO RED
HOT PRESS

                                                             ....... by Bob Edwards (9527)

Red Hot Press has creative, open access print
workshops running in Southampton and use
Adana's for their Fine Art Printmaking.

          AVING HEARD about the creaƟve           prinƟng rollers of all sizes that stood sƟll,
           prinƟng emulaƟng from Red Hot          ready for acƟon, plus space to use them. Also
           Press, I arranged to make a visit to   my aƩenƟon was drawn to the etching presses
see for myself. Red Hot Press is located in       large and small because they emphasised
the centre of Southampton on a busy liƩle         the kind of prinƟng in which Red Hot Press
industrial estate. Housed in a brick building     specialises. I had hoped to see work in
full of character, the tuiƟon takes place in two  progress but wasn’t possible; however I had a
spacious, well-equipped rooms and the walls       very interesƟng conversaƟon with Katherine
are adorned with examples of the students’        Anteney, one of the tutors:
work. Several Adanas were stowed under a
worktop, but what predominated were the              Q. What exactly is Red Hot Press? It
                                                  sounds like a commercial printer!

                                                     We are not a commercial printers. We
                                                  are a fine art, open access print workshop
                                                  in Southampton Hampshire. We exist to
                                                  promote and develop an appreciaƟon and
                                                  understanding of Fine Art Printmaking. Our
                                                  aim is to encourage the use of printmaking as
                                                  a vehicle for exploraƟon, arƟsƟc expression,
                                                  communicaƟon and creaƟvity, while
                                                  promoƟng an appreciaƟon and understanding
                                                  of printmaking to the wider public.

                                                     Q. I love the logo! Who thought of the
                                                  name?

                                                     The name was one that Sarah had used to
                                                  produce her own work before we set up. We
                                                  tried to think of other names but kept coming
                                                  back to that because it was so good. The
                                                  handprint logo is the actual the handprint of
                                                  our friend Jess, a graphic designer. We wanted
                                                  something bold and instantly recognisable.
                                                  We are also quite specific about using the
                                                  correct red for the logo.
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