After 134 years in five different locations around downtown Nashville, Hatch Show Print has moved to 224 5th Avenue South. The new facility features:
- A larger, custom-designed print shop where visitors can watch posters roll off the presses;
- A retail store with wall space to display the 100-plus posters created by the print shop and available for purchase;
- Hatch Show Print's Haley Gallery, featuring Master Printer Jim Sherraden's monoprints. These prints are contemporary interpretations and celebrations of the historic blocks of the Hatch Show Print collection;
- Hatch Show Print Space for Design, a classroom and workshop space that will offer visitors and clients opportunities to learn more through demonstrations, hands-on printing and more in-depth programs.
We are delighted that this new home for Hatch Show Print will offer more room to continue to preserve, maintain and show the collection of type, blocks, and posters. We are also excited about the opportunity to share more of the history, stories and artifacts of Hatch with visitors from around the world.
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Where to Start?
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 accessed regularly by the designers at Hatch, when reviewing past work for long-standing clients, or pulling plates that have been requested be used again in a new poster design. (in photo, intrepid volunteer Mitsy packs photoplates.)
Packing Jim's Desk
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 table that Mr. Hatch used (it is behind both of Jim's desks), in preparation for using it in our new home.
In addition to the paperwork that accumulates over the course of time in any business, Jim and his intrepid assistant, Volunteer Extraordinaire Audrey, also found an amazing array of artifacts in the shelves and drawers: holiday cards and print specimens designed and printed by Jim's letterpress printing mentor Kenneth Hinson; business cards of friends and colleagues in the design and/or entertainment communities that are their own story; the buzzers that sat upon Will T. Hatch's desk he used to communicate with each department in the print shop on 4th Avenue; a small collection of Roy Rogers yo-os; and much more that we will share with you soon.
For now, here's a time-lapse video that documents the packing of Jim's desks. What you see in five or six minutes took Jim and Audrey (she's the one with the bandana in her hair), plus the added help of our weekly volunteer, Valerie, a few weeks' work. Other players in our movie are the staff at Hatch, and, of course, Huey and Maow, the cats who, we learned, will sleep on any and every flat surface. Enjoy!
Old Sign, New Location
The neon sign is in its new spot at 224 5th Avenue South and lit!
Timelapse of Moving Locations
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.