This graphic design and print collective is made up of Ken Kirton, Jackson Lam, Louise Naunton Morgan and Ross Bennett. Hailing from Japan, Australia, Scotland and Hong Kong, they love Dalston for its “Great atmosphere and great food!”. Set up in 2009, they see their studio as a support network for other creatives living and working locally. “We wanted to offer an affordable means of print production to others so they can share their thoughts and dreams.” Hato Press uses a risograph stencil duplicator to print artist publications, book, invitations, flyers, posters, illustrations and zines; it gives their products an imperfect, low-tech look. They have mixed some of their own stationary, like hand-drawn graph paper, sketchbooks, envelopes and notepads, in amongst the existing stock at Dalston Stationers, as well as creating a window display of colour test prints made throughout 2011.
97-99 Kingsland High Street
Jay Dattani bought this shop 27 years ago and has been running it with his family ever since. Born in Tanzania, he thinks Dalston life, along with his own business, is improving. “The shops are occupied now but when I first came here many were empty.” He says most of his customers used to be commercial companies whereas now the majority are illustrators and art students.