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.
Better Letters are going to be heading to Australia and New Zealand again with a series of hand lettering workshops from Mike Meyer (October/November 2016) and David Kynaston (January 2017).
Mike Meyer’s Hand Lettering and Intensive Hand Lettering Workshop will introduce you to laying out and painting the basic Gothic (Block), Thick ‘n’ Thin, Casual and Script alphabets. The Lettering Effects Workshop then moves on to embellish these with shadows, bevels and other colourful effects.
(As a little extra in Melbourne, we’ll be working with Work-Shop to put on a ‘Signs on Screen’ triple bill of sign painting and lettering films.)
David Kynaston’s Classical Hand Lettering Workshop is also suitable for beginners and focuses on setting out and painting classical Roman and Copperplate Script lettering, before introducing some colour theory ahead of producing a final panel to take home.
Bookings for the longer workshops in Christchurch and Melbourne can be made below, with tickets for Mike’s intensive one-day events available through our hosts at Work-Shop in Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane.
Better Letters, Mike Meyer, and A.S. Handover have collaborated on a series of short films to cover some of the basics of sign writing/painting. These ‘Primers’ support our workshops, providing reminders for people who have attended, and ‘homework’ for those preparing to participate in the future. The first episode is below, alongside the earlier trailer, with more to follow in the coming months. Thank you to A.S. Handover for such a fun project, and look out for a workshop near you in the coming months…
Participants in Mike Meyer’s Hand Lettering Workshop now have access to this all-in-one learning resource, detailing the main alphabets covered in the two-day event: Gothic; Thick ‘n’ Thin; Casual; and Script. They’ve been debuting on his current tour of Europe, next stop Milan, and will also be used at forthcoming events in Hamilton and Mazeppa, and beyond.