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SIGNAGE FOR RENEGADE CRAFT

I was presented with another opportunity to create some bespoke signage for this year’s Renegade Craft fair held at the Old Truman Brewery. As I wasn’t able to work in-situ like the last time, it was decided that i’d create something in the studio in the weeks prior to the event so it was a matter of placing it on site easily by the RC crew.

The proposed idea entailed having some large cut-out wooden pieces; using the typeface and motifs from their brand, to create props to dress up the entrance window with. And in addition to this, a sandwich board / A-board for the pavement to help with navigation. Below are some images taken of the labour that went into this project.

The large scale letters and shapes were cut out of MDF wood and painted in the brand colours. The pieces all fit perfectly onto two 1220x2440mm sheets of MDF boards, which meant there were no unnecessary wastage. Templates were created for each element that were then used to draw out onto the boards. I then hand cut each piece using a jigsaw, sanded it down, primed it and then painted it in its final colours.

The project in its entirety, from start to finish, took 5 days in total; 2 for the design and construction of the A-board and 3days for the large scale wooden cut-outs.

Much to my frustration, I wasn’t able to photograph the final set up of the finished pieces but thanks to RC guys, I managed to get this shot they used on their Instagram account that shows the pieces on site just after it had been taken down from the entrance window area.

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TWO BRAND IDENTITY PROJECTS

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Had so much fun creating these logo/identity for indie businesses, Diana Stainton Photography and The Austrian Kitchen. I will be updating my portfolio with full details of this project so keep your eyes peeled in the New Year!!

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AUTUMN WORKSHOPS

I had the pleasure of running a few of my “in-a-nutshell” lettering and sign-making workshops this autumn which turned out awesomely and had such a ball sharing some of my tricks of the trade to the attendees on creating hand-painted signs. Here’s some photos I took of everyone in action - I have to say i was completely impressed with their eye for colours and painting skills!

So if you fancy trying your hand at this, I have released some new dated for the New Year; Saturday the 2nd February, Sunday 3rd March, Sunday 31st March and Sunday the 28th April (if you click on those date, it will direct you to the listing where you can find all the details and book you place….or just click on the ‘workshops’ tab above).

Workshops are usually limited to 8people so that you get my undivided attention. Once in a blue moon i will hold these workshops outside my east london studio, like in this instance, the one in February will be held at the fabulous Drink Shop Do where you’ll be sat in the same room as where my big 3D type installation is!

So if you’d like to join in on the lettering antics, book now before they fill up real soon! Oh and if you’d like to buy it as a gift for someone, let me know and i can generate a gift voucher for you to present them with!

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FOR THE LOVE OF BEVEL

Who doesn’t love a bit of bevelled type? Well I sure do and when I don’t get enough client work that involves this typeface, I just go right ahead and create random signs simply to get an excuse to paint it!

I had actually created this ‘Namaste Bitches’ as a template for my lettering workshops so decided to paint it using one of my favourite colour palettes onto raw plywood that i had kicking around. Here’s a few behind-the-scenes photos of the piece.

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London Letterheads Meet

I had my first experience attending the big Letterheads Meet this August, which is basically where signwriters from all over the world meet and have a complete geekfest. With London hosting this year’s meet-up, it was a no-brainer for me to go. I have to say, I was completely overwhelmed and humbled to be among the greats under the one roof, watching and learning all their tricks of their trade - that’s what i love about this field, you can never stop learning!! There’s so much passion in these guys, that it left me completely inspired to keep going and exploring more with the brush. And most importantly to learn to be confident in yourself to keep producing great work.

What an epic four days being part of an amazing community and to meet some seriously awesome people I’m now lucky to call friends. I’m really looking forward to the next one but in the meantime here’s a little glimpse into the event, including the piece i designed for the auction.

And here’s the piece I did. I was so intimidated at first - I’m so used to working in my quiet studio with only a few folk around, the thought of painting with SO many people around you (incredibly talented ones too!) was daunting. I actually put it off until the second last day by which point i loosened up a bit and had some encouragement from the other great signwriters that I decided to go for it. I kept it minimal but interesting and delighted it was bought by a fellow sign-writer from Japan!

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FROM SKETCH TO SIGNAGE

Have you ever wondered how signs and murals are initially generated? They start from blank drawing board; be it on a sheet of paper or on a digital screen, the ideas for type forms and type locks all start as sketches. 

After numerous tweaks and refining, the final design is then selected to create the stencil that enables the transferring of the graphic onto your chosen surface, at the scale required; from small scale signs to large scale murals. 

This is probably the most challenging phase of the design journey but one that allows you to experiment and play to create endless typographic possibilities. And once you have it nailed, then the fun part of painting begins!

If you'd like to learn this creative process, i'm looking to run a one day intense crash course that would enable you to learn the basic skills of lettering, transforming it from sketch to signage. I will post those listings as soon as i've worked out new dates for the autumn months, so do keep your eyes peeled for it!

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'FOREVER HANDMADE' SIGN FOR NEW CRAFT HOUSE

Bespoke signage piece made for New Craft House, at their brand new studio space in Hackney. The creative duo wanted to incorporate their slogan "forever handmade" into a signature signage piece that they could have inside, using their brand colours.

After a few design sketches, exploring various type locks, from script to gothic, the design you see here was picked and hand-painted. 

The large piece at 150x100cm took 3days to design and produce. 

Here's a screen grab of the lovely Instagram story the girls shared on their account, to give you a little glimpse of the piece in-situ! I'll update the 'Miscellaneous Hand-painted Signs' project tab with final images!  

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#HERETOCREATE SIGN-MAKING WORKSHOP AT ADIDAS LONDON

This day last week, I ran my first biggest workshop to date! Adidas London invited me to run a short 'lettering & sign-making' workshop at their fitness studio in Brick Lane for their members as part of their initiative of bridging fitness, lifestyle and well-being .

Being a women-only studio, they wanted the workshop to incorporate mantras that epitomised female empowerment so I went on to create various typographic designs using both their mantras and a couple of my own with the view that these would then be motivational signs the girls would get to keep. I thought it'd be a nice little reminder of their creative session and most importantly, what they can achieve when they push their limits! 

With only a 1.5hours time period it meant that all the boards, in this instance, were prepped and drawn out by me prior to the class. This is something I usually get my students to do as part of the workshop structure but with a shorter timeframe, it logistically made sense have this part already prepared so that the girls could get more time to paint. The designs I made to use as stencils provided all the attendees the perfect base/starting point to paint from and a quick introduction to various lettering styles and colour ways,  they were encouraged to add their own flair and detail to their sign.

I have to admit I was anxious about it as I normally cap my workshops to 8-10 people (12/15 max if anything!) and have at least a minimum of 3hours but much to my relief and delight, it all worked out brilliantly in the end! I'm always amazed at how creative folk can be having never painted before and without question, leave buzzing with inspiration! 

A big thanks to @adidaslondon for hosting my taster lettering & sign-making workshop and to all the ladies who did a bloody great job this evening getting their paint on! 

If you'd like to host one of my workshops do feel free to drop me a line, or alternatively, sign up to my NEW WORKSHOPS listings for May, June July!!! 

Ps/ Here’s a small recap of my night:

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