Signs & Signwriting in Bankside

Sep

19-21

2015

'Signs and Signwriting in Bankside' offers the chance to: try your hand at painting letters with sign legend Mike Meyer; compare the signwriting traditions of the USA and UK through a cinematic double bill; and travel back in time to appreciate yesteryear's signwriting in the form of 'ghostsigns'.

Better Letters and Ghostsigns bring the traditional craft of signwriting to the Bankside Design District of the London Design Festival with workshops, screenings and a walk back in time. 'Signs and Signwriting in Bankside' offers the chance to: try your hand at painting letters with sign legend Mike Meyer; compare the signwriting traditions of the USA and UK through a cinematic double bill; and travel back in time to appreciate yesteryear's signwriting in the form of 'ghostsigns'.

Mike Meyer Hand Lettering Workshop
Saturday 19 or Sunday 20 September, 10.00am-5.00pm, Market Hall, Borough Market, SE1 9AL
Join globe-trotting sign legend Mike Meyer for this intensive one-day workshop in the iconic surrounds of Borough Market. Paint, brushes, lettering and laughs guaranteed. The workshop lets you hone your Gothic (Block), Casual and Script letter forms through a hands-on process of practice, personal critique and expert guidance from Sign Painters‘ very own Mike Meyer. It all starts with a pencil, drawing and developing an understanding of the basic letter forms. These then form the basis for building your brush skills. This intensive one-day workshop is suitable for complete beginners, and those wanting to improve and refine their existing skills. It takes place in the iconic London setting of Borough Market, the UK's oldest food and drink market, with lettering inspiration all around.

Sign Painters featuring 21st Century Victorian
Saturday 19 September, 7.30-11.00pm, Roxy Bar & Screen, 128-132 Borough High Street, SE1 1LB
Catch Sign Painters on the big screen, alongside 21st Century Victorian, a short film about UK signwriter and fairground artist Joby Carter. Sign Painters is a feature-length exploration of the contemporary American sign painting scene. Having toured the world with sell-out screenings, it returns for an encore at the Roxy where it had its London premiere in 2014. Mike Meyer, featured in the film, will be demonstrating brush lettering, and Adrian Harrison, director of 21st Century Victorian, will introduce his short film about the traditional work of UK-based Joby Carter.

Bankside Ghostsigns Walk
Monday 21 September, 2.00- 4.00pm, meeting at Shipwrights Arms, 88 Tooley Street, SE1 2TF
Open your eyes, look up and discover 'ghostsigns', the fading remains of hand-painted advertising on walls. Sam Roberts, founder of Ghostsigns, leads this new walk through the streets of Southwark 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.

About Better Letters
Better Letters promotes contemporary signwriting and hand-lettering through artist representation and practical workshops for those wanting to learn. Founded in London in 2013 by Ghostsigns’ Sam Roberts, the workshops have now toured Europe, the USA and Australia. Lettering projects have been delivered for Coca-Cola, Craft London and My Warehouse Home.

About Ghostsigns
Ghostsigns is a research and publishing initiative started by Sam Roberts in 2006. Projects to date have included curating the History of Advertising Trust Ghostsigns Archive, running the Ghostsigns Walking Tour in London’s Stoke Newington, and contributing numerous pieces of writing and photography to specialist and popular publications.

Enquiries
Sam Roberts, info@betterletters.co, +44 7989 409 046
http://www.betterletters.co/LDF15

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