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Letterheads 2016: Greetings from Amsterdam

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!

Amsterdam Lettering with Edd & The Dutch Sign Painters Guild

Last month I headed over to Amsterdam with Mike Meyer to meet up with Jasper and the Dutch Sign Painters Guild. There was a hand-lettering workshop going on and also an impromptu lettering tour of Amsterdam led by Edd.

The tour took in lots of vernacular lettering, including the famous ‘Amsterdamse Krulletter’ (Amsterdam Curly Letter). There was also a surprising quantity of tiled and mosaic lettering, something I’d previously associated with Southern European countries like Spain and Portugal. Often the tiled lettering was found on fascias, in many cases those of former working men’s lodgings. I was also informed that the Dutch invented street numbering so that got me spotting different forms of those.

I had initially approached Edd to help me track down some of the repainting ghostsigns from the book Tekens Aan De Wand (Writing on the Wall) and we ticked of three or four, as well as discovering some fading signs pre-restoration. All in all it was a fascinating pedal through the city and I’ve tried to capture some of my favourite pieces in the gallery below. (Also see this gallery from my earlier trip to Barcelona.)