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Mike Meyer’s Lettering Workshops in Mazeppa

In addition to touring the world and teaching workshops with Better Letters, Mike Meyer also hosts events at his shop in the small town of Mazeppa Minnesota. These are more structured than his brilliant Letterheads meets, spread over a number of days, taking participants through a crash course in basic lettering, lettering effects, and anything else that he/they fancy doing. They should really be listed as workshops with Mike Meyer and Friends because he also invites special guests along to share their knowledge and inspire his students.

Mike has gradually been converting his shop to host workshop participants, including the addition of bunks and other facilities. His neighbours in town also host visitors in their homes, making each event a truly community affair. As well as a feast of lettering, there is Bingo, a film night and other local entertainments. Each July there is a workshop set up to coincide with the town’s annual Mazeppa Daze festivities, including the workshop easels being set up on a float for the procession through town.

The next Mazeppa workshop is running 5-8 July 2017, with full details and tickets here.

Not Nice from A Large Evil Corporation

Not Nice is the first promotional magazine produced by Coy! Communications for the (real) animation company A Large Evil Corporation, and their (fictitious) subsidiary, Evil Farms. It features a stack of tongue-in-cheek and innuendo-filled pages which were launched alongside an exhibition of photography and prints, all directed by Coy’s Mark Denton Esq.

We were invited along to one of the photo shoots to create a series of shocards for Evil Farms’ new supermarket, promoting everything from humongous melons to popped cherries. Mike Meyer took the brief and ran with it across a fun-packed day in the studio. Thank you to Coy! for getting us involved, a run-down of the whole team and more photos can be found on their blog about the project.

The Better Letters New Year Challenge

The Better Letters New Year Challenge
The Better Letters New Year Challenge

This year Better Letters has run over 40 workshops in 19 cities across three continents. These, and the events from previous years, means that there are hundreds of people out there that have learned something through a Better Letters workshop. We want to celebrate this, and reconnect, so have created the Better Letters New Year Challenge.

The idea is simple, create a piece of lettering to welcome in 2017, making use of the skills you’ve learned at a Better Letters workshop. This can be a panel, shocard, blackboard, or anything else that you feel like working on. The wording can be as simple as ‘Happy New Year’, ‘Hello 2017’, ‘Better Letters New Year’, or get creative and surprise us!

Once you’ve finished, post a photo with #BetterLetters to the Facebook page, Instagram or Twitter, and tag Better Letters and the workshop teacher(s) too. We’ll then collect these and share them via a consolidated gallery on Facebook.

Mike Meyer’s Workshop Shocards

Mike Meyer painted this series of shocards to promote his forthcoming series of Better Letters workshops, spanning eight cities on three continents. In date order, here are links to all the information and booking pages for these events. Join the mailing list or subscribe to the Facebook events page for future dates.

Better Letters at the Merchant City Festival

Better Letters and Ghostsigns took to this year’s Merchant City Festival in Glasgow with a Mike Meyer Hand Lettering Workshop, an illustrated talk about ghostsigns, and the screening of three short films about signs and lettering. The gallery above shows the fun we had running the workshop, with some other things we got up to below.
(Thank you Alistair Fleming Photography for the photo with Mike and Chelsea)

Across from us in the Merchant Square were the Merchant City Letterheads, featuring Scott Telfer, Stewart McLaren, Artisan Artworks, Dapper Signs and Ross Hastie. They were working on a series of panels for the festival, and a David Bowie tribute night/auction on the final night.
(Thank you Alistair Fleming Photography for the photo of Stewart McLaren)

Monday gave us a chance to take the Pub Typology Tour, curated by Dress for the Weather and focused on the architectural and design heritage of Glasgow’s pubs. We made it to four out of six, joined by Adrian Harrison, director of 21st Century Victorian.

Horn Please was one of the films we screened, alongside 21st Century Victorian and Man with a Brush. By pure coincidence Glasgow’s Tramway gallery were holding and exhibition, ‘Pehchaan: Art from Another India‘, which happened to feature a series of commissioned truck ends, among other artworks and artifacts.

And of course there was plenty of lettering and ghostsigns to be seen around Glasgow, including the delights of the old Fruit Market where many of the old signs had been saved. (For more signs and lettering, check out the photos of Stuart Brown.)

Here are the three films we screened at the festival, thank you everyone that made the visit possible, we can’t wait to come back!