In short it will be London's biggest screen printing facility. The 4000sqft unit will combine paper, fabric and t-shirt printing along with desk and private studio spaces. Our dream is to build a comprehensive print hub and modern learning environment capable of facilitating everyone from curious novices to seasoned print professionals.
Located in the heart of South London Peckham Levels is a refurbished underused multi storey car park also housing Frank's famous rooftop Campari bar. Once complete the building will contain some of London’s most exciting independent businesses working in design, craft, food, fashion, music and of course 3rd Rail Print Space!
We love screen printing but it's not the most accessible medium often requiring a whole range of specialist equipment to achieve a professional finish. 3rd Rail have been operating as a commercial studio for over 10 years but we started out renting a t-shirt carousel in an open access studio. We would love to offer a new wave of creatives the same opportunity.
Over the years we’ve managed to perfect some pretty experimental techniques and are really excited about the possibility of exchanging and sharing ideas with people who are just as passionate as us.
We really want the studio to be a space that our members and visitors love printing in so have invested in a whole range of brand new equipment. That means no wonky paper tables, rusty drying racks or damaged screens.
What you can expect to find on the other hand is:
- A commercial quality 6 colour garment carousel
- A 3m tunnel dryer
- Two 6m x 1.5m fabric tables
- Four brand new paper tables one of which is capable of printing up to 1m x 1.5m
- A stencil processing unit
- An enclosed exposure unit
- A washout and drying cabinet
- A bullet steamer
- An 80cm x 100cm heat press
If your practice is more involved there will also be the opportunity to rent one of the desk or private studio spaces. We'll be including:
- 24 brand new 150cm x 90cm desk areas with personal locker space and free wifi
- 3 brand new 130sqft studio with personal locker space and free wifi
- 1 brand new 185sqft studio with personal locker space and free wifi
All desk and studio space also includes open access screen printing membership to 3rd Rail Print Space.
A standard monthly open access membership will include 50 screen printing hours which can be booked into any of the 3 main printing areas (paper, t-shirts or fabric) in 3 to 5 hour slots. If you find you need more time there will be the opportunity to buy top up sessions. Our studio hours will be 8am to 10pm.
If you're new to screen printing we've developed a range of 1 day workshops to get you up to speed. You'll be able to book into either a paper, fabric or t-shirt printing classes depending on where your interests lie. Initially these workshops will be held on Saturdays with the view of introducing weekday options a few months down the line.
3rd Rail is a multifaceted screen printing studio with over 10 years experience providing a spectrum of services including garment printing and customisation, fine art editioning, live print and an online garment pre-sale platform.
What started out as one rented t-shirt carousel has over 10 years evolved into an expansive studio priding itself in delivering a world class garment and paper printing service for everyone from independent fashion labels to the most recognisable brands in the world.
We've worked really hard to develop a range of exciting rewards. Choose from early bird memberships to limited edition t-shirts and prints designed for us by some super talented artists specifically for this Kickstarter! Here's a run down of what's on offer:
We'll be throwing a launch party once we open in January complete. As well as a ticket this reward also entitles you to a tote bag which you'll get to screen print for yourself from a choice of designs and a free drink.
We've asked some of our favourite artists to create t-shirts exclusively for this Kickstarter. Limited to just 30 units each you can choose from designs by Mr. Penfold, Tony Riff, James Lewis, Killer Acid and Sam Taylor. T-Shirts are available in sizes XS to 3XL and will be printed on ethically produced, organic Continental Clothing EP01 t-shirts.
1 Day Screen Printing Workshops
These are available at Early Bird and special Kickstarter prices. Once purchased you'll be able to choose from a paper, t-shirt or fabric screen printing option. Designed to be perfect introductory courses for anyone who would like to use our facilities but has yet to try screen printing we’ll teach you the entire process from preparing your artwork, coating and exposing screens to washing out, ink mixing and printing.
You’ll walk away with either:
- An edition of 10 x 1 colour A3 paper prints OR
- 5 tees printed with your own 1 colour design OR
- 3 metres of fabric printed with a your own 1 colour design or repeat pattern
4 Week Intermediate Printing Course
This in depth course is split over 4 evening sessions (1 evening per week) is aimed at people who may have tried screen printing in the past but need a refresher or would like to gain in depth knowledge of the process. You will learn how to build layers of a 4 colour print, mix ink, coat, expose and register your screens. In the final week you’ll also have the opportunity to experiment with processes such as foiling, puff, flocking or metallics.
You’ll walk away with either:
- An edition of 4 colour screen prints (editions size will vary depending on artwork dimensions) OR
- 10-15 tees printed with your own 4 colour design OR
- 5-7 metres of fabric printed with your own 4 colour repeat pattern
Our open access memberships can be purchased in both hourly and bi-monthly blocks. The hourly options are great if you're unsure about committing to a monthly membership.
The bi-monthly option can be purchased in 2, 4 or 6 month blocks at a special Kickstarter price. Take advantage of one of the 2 6m fabric printing tables, 6 arm t-shirt printing carousel or 4 brand new paper printing tables as well as a fully equipped exposure and washout unit, dryer and locker space. Some of these rewards also include a free induction worth £30.
We've joined with some exciting creatives to bring you a screen print series. Limited to editions of just 20 this is your chance to pick up a piece by Daisy Emerson, Emma Fisher or Lucinda Ireland. Each design will be hand printed and is sold unframed.
Use our Kickstarter to pre-buy one of the brand new 150cm x 90cm desk areas with personal locker space, free wifi and 50 screen printing hours per month.
Alternatively if you need something bigger there's also a choice of 5 different private studio spaces available ranging in size from 130sqft to a generous 385sqft. As with the desk spaces each studio also comes with a locker, free wifi and between 1 and 3 open access screen printing packages depending on the size.
Follow our journey on social media where we'll be posting updates as they happen as well as behind the scenes photos from the build and first looks at the new studio once it's complete.
Risks and challenges
We've already managed to cover the cost of rent and equipment so our main risk is the failure of this Kickstarter as it means we'll be leasing a property which we are not able to use. Even if you're not able to support us but know someone who might be interested please, please help us spread the word :)
Risks we may encounter if we do reach our target include as with all building projects not getting everything completed on time. We've already provisionally booked contractors and labourers to ensure everything runs smoothly however in the event that there are complications our membership and workshop rewards can be used at any time so you won't miss out.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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