Pocket Number-21: Red Hot Press, The Corn Exchange, Old Cattle Market, Captains Place

20190216_154945I emailed Katherine and we arranged a day and time to meet after Deborah introduced us.

Red Hot Press is an open access printmaking workshop. It’s situated in the shadow-throw of Central Bridge; opposite Arches Studios and next to Southampton Butchers.

Katherine co-founded the business in 2004 after completing a fine art printmaking degree at 20190216_170330Winchester School of Art.  

The workshop teaches lino-cutting, collagraphing, card-cutting, dry-pointing, etching, letter-pressing, mono printing, photo transfer  printing, wood engraving, textile printing and paper cutting printmaking techniques

When I arrived, Katherine had just finished teaching a linocut printing course. After her students had all left she showed me around the workshop.

I asked if I could see some of her work and she showed me some, including:

A bike-ride inspired linocut: 20190216_170644

20190216_170601An illustrated poem on the annual scouring of the White Horse at Uffington:

20190216_170750‘Lost in Translation’ prints of foreign words20190216_170815 which have no equivalent in English:


Here you can see the process of making a linocut printing of20190216_170657 a cement triangulation obelisk, called Crouch’s Down:

I also asked Katherine: ‘how’s the water’? She said she hasn’t been swimming recently because of her flu. Normally she wild swims in the river Test. She clarified: ‘Test’ happens to be the 20190216_170102river’s proper name – often people are confused and imagine she’s talking about a sort of swimming assessment.

She gave the assemblage a typesetting sort that 20190217_105449print-presses the letter ‘R’ (for Red Hot Press?) and then sent me to see Liz at wherever it is Liz decides to meet me.

Pocket Number 22: Liz at Tudor House Café >>

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