Signwriter London are the two words which sum up my business. I am a signwriter and I do work in London. This isnt all I bring to the table however. I have the ability, experience and knowledge to also bring a wealth of options to a client wanting a specific look for their hand painted signage. In this instance the clients wanted a signwriter London had to offer that also came with the knowledge for designing and producing a bespoke vintage look sign to be mounted above their shop entrance, which spanned 2 floors of the building height.
The building itself was historic but what the company produce are vintage windows and doors but freshly made and not restored. So using a traditional signwriter as well as having a victorian look sign tied everything in nicely.
The company appreciated that they had taken possession of a vintage building with such a history. The building had prviously been an Oil merchants , which provided fuel for oil lamps pre electric era and as can be seen in the image, all the signs back then were hand painted using skilled signwriters. Particularly vintage looking are the painted lamps of the two stores to the right of the picture but also the wall signs down the side road to the no.18 Oil merchants, which was the same premises the company had aquired.
The premises had also at some stage been a cafe. A very faded ‘ghost’ sign still exists on the side of the building painted onto the brickwork. This is on the wall which faces the gap above the no.16 & 14 premises.
The clients wanted to continue their contemporary signage & look they have at their other premises but at the same time add a feature that shows their line of work, that points to their awareness & knowledge of the history of the building but also to produce a bit of a wow factor feature as it faces the road, which the premises is based, at the base of a long hill, so the sign would be quite noticeable.
The sign panel & frame was already existing, so no need to fabricate one, but it was in need of some renovation. The clients saw to this themselves. They chose to prepare & paint the sign with their branding colour themselves, so my work was to design the sign & then paint what was designed on site, using scaffolding their workers were already using to re-decorate the building walls & panels.
The design took a day to produce overall. The brief was the background colour to be their branding colour, To have the wording of Bespoke windows & doors, Installers & established 1987. The rest was to be designed & thoughout by myself, a signwriter London. This visual was presented to the clients & they absolutely loved it. It was better than they invisioned apparently.
The next stage is then to draw out the whole layout on paper to scale. With it being a fairly large scale sign a fair amount of paper was required approx 3m x 1.5m. This layout is then taken to site, where its measured into place & then reliefed onto the sign panel in chalk or charcoal. This is so no drawing out is required after this, so its often better to have adjustments produced on the layout paper before applying to the on site sign.
Once the drawing has been lined up & ‘pounced’ on, the painting is then started. Time was of the essence with this work, as it was a December project so workable weather & amount of working light was a premium. The most important signwriting at this stage is to get on the parts that are to have either 2 coats or to have outlines or writing over the top, so these areas can dry ready for the further work.
As can be seen, the sign spanned 2 levels of scaffold, so when thhis is the case its quite awkward finding comfortable signwriting positions, add to that the cold on the fingers & they are hard to keep warm when having to climb up & down using metal ladders, so the less up & down the scaffold that can be done the better, its not just due to the cold & the comfortable positions, but its also a large time consumer, which isn’t ideal for anyone. Its unfortnate that the project came in December as it would’ve been so much more enjoyable in June with long days of better wather & light to work with. This is often the case being a signwriter. You can’t pick & choose these things, so you just make do with how it is.
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