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.
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.