“A brief history of our studio...”
Done London has been screen printing quality T-shirts and apparel for artists, brands, and businesses for more than a decade, but our story has humble beginnings...
Our journey began in the front room of a house share in Camberwell, South East London, in 2009, where we undertook our first test prints. In the extraordinary, creative atmosphere of the local squatting and arts scene, we built our own exposure machine, washed out screens in the bath tub, post-hardening them in sunshine, and started hawking items at festivals. We spent a year experimenting and refining our technique.
From Camberwell, Done moved into a shared live-work studio in Limehouse, East London. In 2010, we received our first ever commercial job, and were able to finally start upgrading our equipment! 8 months, and a lot of mischievous fun later, an opportunity arose for a new, more productive space in Peckham. We were there only briefly however before relocating to an even larger studio in Fish Island, Hackney Wick—a disused industrial area that was at the time a vibrant hub for artists, designers, and bohemians
Based in the Victoria Wharf building, and operating under the name Hidden Print Studio, we rebuilt our studio, started developing our own apparel lines – playing with Transport for London imagery – took on more commercial jobs, and ran open studios. It was an electric atmosphere in the building. Split mezzanine levels provided a fitting backdrop of creatives by day, sharing ideas and skills, and the space was regularly transformed into a rave by night! It was there that Done was formerly named.
Sadly, at the end of 2012, notice was given to move out the Wick. The regeneration of Fish Island and Hackney Wick post the London Olympics completely transformed the area. A bridge going over the canal remains is a symbolic tombstone to the once vibrant but heavily decaying warehouse where many happy and cherished memories were made. Life, however, moves onwards and upwards!
We’d like to take moment to give thanks to all the people who have been directly or indirectly involved at every stage of the process. Whether you’ve been a customer or client, collaborator or employee, or even a friend or friend of a friend who has shown appreciation for what we do. You have all given something that has helped us grow in some way, shape or form. So to you we raise our glasses and Thank You from the bottom of our hearts.
Done London has been built on hard work, determination, and with an eye for quality and detail. Our main service output is screen printing on T-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies and tote bags. However, if your job requires DTG printing (Direct To Garment) or embroidery, we can assist and manage this work flow as well. We also provide finishing services such as re-labelling, tagging, folding & bagging, product shots and fulfilment.
The skill set and knowledge we have amassed comes from over a decade of sourcing, producing and selling our own branded product. From the very beginning, we have always sought out the very best quality blanks and techniques in order to produce the finest, premium products. This mind set and approach is what we apply to all the work we carry out for our clients, and we take pride in the highest standards of quality presentation.
With 10 years’ experience, we know this industry inside out and recognise the importance of a good service. We maintain a close working relationship with our supply chain to ensure that when you use our services, you are supporting the use of ethically sourced materials and socially responsible practices.
ABOUT DONE LONDON
In 2013 we found an extraordinary new studio space in Hither Green, Lewisham, which has been our home ever since—9 years and counting! As well as continuing to develop our own Done London line of clothing, word-of-mouth spread about the quality of our screen printing services. As a result, we’ve undertaken a diverse range of jobs. From smalls brands and music nights, to Somerset House, Vice magazine, Hofesh Shechter, and musicians such as Swamp 81 founder Loefah, local jazz musicians Henry Wu, Kwake Bass and Joe Armon-Jones.
We are showing no signs of slowing down and going into the future our aim is to continue with the tradition of quality hand pulled screen prints, making it our mission to bring you the best quality print, on the best quality garments, delivered with a high grade service. Let’s continue on this journey together!