What is 3rd Rail Print Space?
3rd Rail Print Space is a brand new 4000sqft open access screen printing facility combining paper, t-shirt and fabric printing located in Peckham Levels, the refurbished multi storey car park. The aim of the space was to build a comprehensive print hub and modern learning environment to make screen printing accessible to a new audience whilst providing a wealth of equipment for those already working in the medium.
We offer standard pay monthly memberships and for anyone looking for a more involved experience there’s the opportunity to take advantage of one of the 16 desk or 9 private studio spaces. Members have access to a commercial quality 6 colour garment carousel, a 3m tunnel dryer, three 6m x 1.5m fabric tables, 4 paper printing tables one of which is capable of printing up to 1m x 1.5m, a stencil processing unit, enclosed exposure unit, washout and drying cabinet, bullet steamer which allows up to 10 metres of fabric, a huge 80cm x 100cm heat press, and an atmospheric steamer which allows unto 30 metres of fabric.
Novices interested in learning how to print are invited to sign up to one of the single day workshops. Those wanting to build on existing knowledge on the other hand can enrol in one of the intermediate or specialist courses delivered by experienced on site technicians.
Meet the Team
Ian - Director
Favourite South London cycle route: "It has to be the Q1, it's not as fast as going down the Old Kent Road but the air quality is so much better"
Rob - Director
Best Peckham Lunch Spot: "Definitely the Indian takeaway opposite Rye Lane station for their killer chicken wraps."
Holly - Studio Manager
Favourite fabric print process: "I love exploring new techniques and processes to create innovative prints and textures especially hand painting dyes and devore to create a multi surfaced organic florals."
Lewis - Head of Events
Favourite animator: "My fave animator is definitely Davey Swatpaz, his stuff is hilarious and it reminds me of home."
Luz - Workshop Tutor
Favourite non print related creative activity: I love embroidery and playing with shapes and colour combinations. It helps me relax and unwind.
Melissa - Workshop Assistant
Favourite gallery: The Joan Miro Foundation in Barcelona because it was my go to spot for inspiration when working as a technician.
Who is 3rd Rail?
3rd Rail has been operating as a commercial screen printing studio for over 10 years completing projects for some of the most recognisable brands and illustrators in the world along the way. What started as a rented carousel in a studio not too dissimilar from 3rd Rail Print Space has grown into an expansive commercial unit delivering a wide range of garment decorating and paper editioning services including screen printing, embroidery, re-labelling and customisation.
The business has also continued to evolve in other ways. 2014 saw the opening of ABV our very first exhibition and with it came the birth of 3rd Rail Presents – the print publishing arm of the business. This was our opportunity to conceive and work with artists we love and showcase their prints at events including Pick Me Up and the London Illustration Fair. We’ve also taken screen printing further afield through our live print service popping up at product launches, exhibitions and fairs.