Open your eyes, look up and discover ‘ghostsigns’, the fading remains of hand-painted advertising on walls.
Sam ‘ghostsigns’ Roberts leads tours of these faded signs in Stoke Newington in North East London, just down the road from the Type Tasting studio. For the London Design Festival this year he is leading a new walk through the streets of Southwark in South London hunting for the fading remains of painted signs from years gone by. The tour will reveal some of London’s most iconic signs, exploring the local, advertising and design history that they convey.
If you prefer your sign painting fresh off the brush you can try your hand at painting letters in the iconic surrounds of Borough Market with sign legend Mike Meyer “paint, brushes, lettering and laughs guaranteed”. To tie in with this there is a double-bill screening of the Sign Painters movie and 21st Century Victorian, a short film about UK signwriter and fairground artist Joby Carter who says that as a fairground signwriter he considers himself to be a showman. Find out more.
Character Building: my introduction to signpainting by Karina Monger
Most people can recognise a piece of signpainting, writes Karina Monger, but how many of us really understand the work that goes into making this unique form of communication? Last weekend I attended a hand lettering workshop to find out…
The Type Tasting studio turned into a creative wonderland of ink and hand painted letters this weekend. To coincide with the London screenings of Sign PaintersMike Meyer, one of the film’s stars, came to town to deliver an intensive two-day sign painting workshop which was organised by Sam from Better Letters. Mike teamed up with the Brilliant Sign Co. and under their expert guidance we filled the Type Tasting studio with inky lettering.