Thank you to Joe and Adam for getting us involved in the project which was a massive undertaking across many states of the USA. The final result is a beautiful short film and we look forward to seeing details of the full length version when it goes on more general release. For now, feast your eyes and ears on the film above.
Immediately after touching down from the Better Letters Circus Tour in the USA, we packed our bags and headed over to Copenhagen, Denmark, to run a workshop for Technical Education Copenhagen (TEC). This school runs a number of vocational courses, including, to our knowledge, Europe’s only dedicated sign programme. This rounded curriculum includes everything from design, to fabrication, to painting and is all run in partnership with key industry employers.
We had 26 people participating in our workshop, a mixture of industry practitioners and school tutors. It was the first time we’d used water-based paints for a workshop, and the first time that Mike Meyer and David Kynaston had worked as a double act. Our wonderful hosts also lined up a full programme of extra-curricular activities for us, meaning that we got to see more than just the inside of the school. Thank you for inviting us over, here’s a little photographic documentation of the experience.
A collaboration with the great folks at Print Club London, this screen print has been created using only analog processes. Mike’s original signwritten artwork was used as the basis for creating three positives on trace. These were then used to produce the three screens, ahead of printing and signing.
This weekend I traveled to Rochester, Kent, for my second Letterheads meet, ‘What the Dickens‘ (in honour of the Charles Dickens’ Rochester connections). The event was hosted by Rochester signwriter Mick Pollard and his daughter Kate Belmonte, supported by a team of friends and family. Hats off to Kate for managing the organisation of everything down to the finest details. This involved kicking off with a screening of Sign Painters, alongside Horn Please, and ended with about 50 pizzas in front of Rochester Castle. In between there was plenty of paint, beer and time for fundraising for nominated charity, Arthritis Research UK.
The purpose of the event was to share skills, learn from the masters, watch others working and, of course, to have fun and meet new people. It was a truly international affair with countries represented including Argentina, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Finland, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Belgium, Spain. This meant that a key objective for Mick and Kate was to show off some British culture which took the shape of a pub crawl, live music from Hobo Jones & the Junkyard Dogs, Morris Dancing and a reception with a Pearly King, Queen and Princess. Who knows what they’ll have taken away from all that!
Anyway, here are some of my photos of the weekend which started with a walk down Rochester High Street to find the venue, spotting hand-painted work, new and old, along the way.
Thank you to Mick, Kate, Sarah, Cathy and everyone who attended for making it such an amazing weekend. I feel a few days of ‘post-meet blues’ coming, roll on the next one!