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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!

Better Letters at TEC, Denmark

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.

NB. You can buy Bent Grølsted’s book Fra penselstrøg til print here. The sign shop we visited is Nielsen & Kromann, and more about Tivoli is here.

Sign Painting Around the World: Better Letters Workshops, Autumn 2015

This Autumn Better Letters is taking Mike Meyer and David Kynaston’s workshops around the world with dates in Europe, the USA and Australia. In addition there will be a London screening of Sign Painters, as part of the London Design Festival, and talks from Mike Meyer in both Melbourne and Sydney.

The full schedule of workshops and events is given below, with details also available on the Better Letters Facebook Page. Contact info@betterletters.co or call +44 7989 409 046 with any questions.


Signwriting in Sudbury with Wayne Tanswell

Last weekend I took the 7:09 train from Stratford to get up to Sudbury, Suffolk, for a workshop with traditional signwriter Wayne Tanswell. Along with fellow participant Neil we spent the day learning some signwriting skills from Wayne, chatting about letters and sharing plenty of tea and biscuits. Here’s a collection of photos from the day, click on the first one for a slideshow with commentary.

Wayne’s website has more details of his workshops and private tuition. Events outside Sudbury can be arranged through Better Letters. Wayne has also written two books and produced a DVD for those that want to learn more. Thanks for hosting me Wayne, looking forward to another one in the future.