Nestled away in the backstreets of Hoxton lies Hato Press, an independent printing and publishing house now complete with a shop selling studio stock in the front. Set up in 2009, the studio encourages collaboration and experimentation with the risograph printing process and all profits go back into the studio itself for further development and creations. Clients include Meadham Kirchoff, Urban Outfitters, YCN, Serpentine Gallery, Big Chill Bar, V&A and so many more. One of their most recent collaborations Issue 7 of Sheet magazine is available in your nearest UO store so be sure to pick one up to see some brilliantly curated work. After taking my guy along to the shop launch a few days ago his first question was ‘What does Hato mean?’ Actually the name is pretty clever. Risograph printing originated in Japan and one of the first private printing presses in the UK was called Doves Press (in fact you’ll maybe notice many publishers are also named after birds). The term hato means pigeon in Japanese, a perfect title for a fresh, organic, rough around the edges London based team who want to pay homage to some of the printing heritage.
The shop itself is currently stocking a wide variety of publications as well as Hato stationary which has been created from off-cuts, mistakes and test prints. One of the long notepads has had a place on my desk since Pick Me Up and it has crossed my mind that I probably need more than one, they remind me of those marble cakes I used make with my buddies when I was younger. Flat by Jay Cover has been added to my birthday list due to it’s bright bold cover and clean lines. It’s actually a celebration of the everyday objects we have in our house complete with the addition of a polar bear or two – quirky and brilliant, surely one for the coffee table. Curious by Alice Bowsher is one of Hato’s newest titles and features a charming looking cat on the front. Ever wondered what your cat gets up to when you’re not there? Well, look no further than this for a fun little insight. There’s a piece of joy for everyone in the Hato shop so take a look on their website or request to pop along to their studios. Better yet why not print something with them or put forward an idea for collaboration, you’d be in extremely good company.
For further information: www.hatopress.net