Unbeknown to most visitors, Monocle Magazine were cruising around last year’s Letterheads meet in Amsterdam, capturing material for the short film below. As well as Mike Meyer’s various patches, it was great to see two additional Better Letters workshop facilitators in the film, Cheryl McLean from Australia and Gustavo Ferrari from Argentina. Just goes to show how international the movement has become ahead of meets in Oslo and Maidenhead this year…
Joby Carter, showman and signwriter, runs Carters Steam Fair (see photos here). Due to his touring schedule has never been able to attend a Letterheads event before, but that didn’t stop him from deciding to host one last month. Egged on by Mike Meyer, Ash Bishop and various others that fancied getting let loose with brushes and paint in his famous Maidenhead yard, the result was Abnormal Letterheads. The November weekender was attended by 77 guests, including Joby’s original teacher, Stan Wilkinson, and others from as far afield as the Netherlands, Singapore, the USA and Germany.
Most of the work produced across the weekend was auctioned off at the end. This, and proceeds from the bar, raised over £6,300 the Teenage Cancer Trust. (More lettering for good!) Unfortunately I could only attend the first day, but the photos below capture some of the action. Joby is so fired up after hosting his first meet that he’s already planning another for November 2017. Details and tickets are due for release on 1st March 2017 so keep an eye on the Better Letters Facebook Page and/or Twitter feed for these when they’re available.
Last month saw over 150 letterheads from five continents (25+ countries) descend on the beautiful city of Amsterdam for three days of learning, lettering and networking. Hosted by the Amsterdam Sign Painters, it was an incredible event with over 20 workshops covering everything from window splashes, to chrome lettering, to distressed signs. These were followed by a free for all on the final day where all sorts of vehicles and other blank canvasses were provided for people to let their brushes loose on.
The following are some of the photos and videos I captured at Greetings from Amsterdam, and you can find lots more from others on the Facebook event page, and via #Letterheads2016 on Instagram. There are already two forthcoming meets, so if you missed out this time then make sure you’re at either or both of Joby Carter’s in November and Oslo Norway in June next year. Massive thanks to Miranda, Jasper, and all the Amsterdam Sign Painters for making the 2016 meet a showstopper!
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!
September saw Mike Meyer come over to Europe for a month of sign painting, lettering workshops and Cadbury’s eating.
It all kicked off in Rochester with the international Letterheads meet at Mick Pollard’s place. This was swiftly followed by a screening of Sign Painters, with a lettering demonstration and Q+A for Pick Me Up in London. 24 graphic design students from RMIT in Melbourne then joined us at the Arcola Theatre in Dalston for an intensive one-day workshop with Mike and his Minnesota buddy Dave Correll.
Next it was to the mainland and back by plane and train to run workshops in Bologna (hosted by Barbara, Fabio and Alice), Amsterdam (hosted by Jasper and the Dutch Sign Painters Guild), Paris (hosted by Jean-Michel and Morgane), London (at the Bamboo Bicycle Club) and Nottingham (hosted by Norman and Waste Studio) before heading back to Mezeppa, Mike’s home in the mid-West.
Thank you to everyone that hosted, participated, filmed and photographed the workshops and other events. The next European tour is planned for February/March next year and dates are gradually being added to the workshops page. Before that will be a series of workshops in Australia (Newcastle, Sydney and Melbourne) and the USA (Baton Rouge and New York).