Joby Carter, showman and signwriter, runs Carters Steam Fair (see photos here). Due to his touring schedule has never been able to attend a Letterheads event before, but that didn’t stop him from deciding to host one last month. Egged on by Mike Meyer, Ash Bishop and various others that fancied getting let loose with brushes and paint in his famous Maidenhead yard, the result was Abnormal Letterheads. The November weekender was attended by 77 guests, including Joby’s original teacher, Stan Wilkinson, and others from as far afield as the Netherlands, Singapore, the USA and Germany.

Most of the work produced across the weekend was auctioned off at the end. This, and proceeds from the bar, raised over £6,300 the Teenage Cancer Trust. (More lettering for good!) Unfortunately I could only attend the first day, but the photos below capture some of the action. Joby is so fired up after hosting his first meet that he’s already planning another for November 2017. Details and tickets are due for release on 1st March 2017 so keep an eye on the Better Letters Facebook Page and/or Twitter feed for these when they’re available.

Dapper Signs’ panel

You’re never far from lettering inspiration at Carter’s yard, this piece was getting a lot of attention

Flexing lettering

Alex May Hughes working some glass

Ged Palmer at work

Portion of panel promoting Joby’s popular signwriting workshops

New sign being painted for the bar!

Some work from Colin Dundas

Mike Meyer pays tribute to Joby’s father, and founder of the fair, John Carter

Cheers! Alice Mazzilli and Alex May Hughes share a brew, with Jaspter Andries from Amsterdam Sign Painters in the background

Letterheads is all about the novice, so here are some tips

Bob Perry from the Isle of Wight at work

Bob Perry & Wayne Osbourne

Easel reference

Work in progress on a panel inspired by the fair

Fairground inspired panel

Joby’s mum dashed out this pictorial in no time at all on the front of a van

One of the fair’s support vans, now freshly lettered and ready for the road again

Ash Bishop at work on the side of the van

Mike Meyer provides lessons in cultural exchange

Easels ahoy in one of Joby’s sheds

Paint and paint sticks

Lettering from Joby Carter

Always hand paint, all the way from Singapore

Jacob from Copenhagen Signs in action

Some of Joby’s lettering

Prototype t-shire from Jacob at Copenhagen Signs, ordering details coming soon…

Final piece from Jacob at Copenhagen Signs

Frank Carty at work on his panel

Panel from Frank Carty of Artisan Artworks

Joby’s teacher Stan Wilkinson back on the brush

First layer down on Stan Wilkinson’s panel, a tribute to the first sign shop he worked at