Any tips you can offer to others keen on setting up a similar venture?
I think it is necessary, for your own knowledge and confidence, to visit other studios and see how things are run. We have been doing a lot of learning on the job, but so many corners were cut thanks to the experience and advice we gained elsewhere—from asking other studios and spending time working with RISO machines before endeavouring to start out. Ask a lot of questions to avoid any expensive mistakes, and if you are investing in equipment, again do a lot of research!
Tell us about a recent project printed at Rabbits Road Press that you've particularly enjoyed....
We printed and designed our own welcome packs, which was a lot of fun. Each one has so many elements, and it took a little assembly line to get it all together. We have been running for less than a month and have already seen a lot of great imagery coming through the induction sessions. We are currently working on a project with young people from the Showroom gallery, and think this will be our first external publication that we are excited to share.
What are your ambitions for the future of the project?
We intend to continue engaging with more local groups—English as a foreign language groups, young artists groups and so on. We hope to build a library of work here and to leave behind a community who are confident in producing there own work and developing a self publishing community that will continue on. We also hope to develop our own practice, designing and producing printed matter for galleries and art institutions on a larger scale.