How is it almost mid-September?! I have been busy cutting fabric, hand sewing snap clips, and literally spent the last few days chained to the sewing machine while catching up on netflix. Although I am normally the definition of a cram crafter, I’m feeling pretty good this year. Yes, I could have more fabric cut and I do wish I had an extra week, but don’t we all?
My first show of the season kicks off next week (Sept 19-22) with the District at IDSwest. I’ll be bringing my super kawaii items such as the pin backs pictured above, so come find the Roxypop booth and say hello! Interested in attending? I am giving away 4 pairs of tickets – 2 pairs for the opening night event (Sept 19 6-10pm) and 2 pairs for the show (Sept 20-22) – check the website for opening times and location. Value at $120.00. Leave a comment below and 4 winners will be chosen at random on Friday, September 13th at 12pm PST.
Amongst the feeling of self doubt, I felt a change in the air last April. I have been fluttering here and there trying to decide where this blog was headed or even to keep it going. Last Tuesday, marked my 2 month “summer leave” and although, I thought about the blog often, it has been an amazing feeling to just shut down the computer and walk away. I feel that my priorities have shifted in the best of ways. I am savouring this time… going on adventures… experiencing life. I needed some time to clear my head and find my inspiration and I’m happy to announce that I’m back and kicking things off with a field trip over to the Delish General Store!
Delish General Store is a mom and pop (online-until-now) shop that celebrates the revival of the handmade and home grown, extol the virtues of getting your hands dirty, and the pioneering spirit. They carry hard-to-find, “didn’t-know-I-needed-this-until-I-found-it”, hip, handy and heritage-inspired products. Always a HUGE hit at Got Craft?, Delish General Store has taken over the Chinatown Experiment store front this weekend to host their first pop-up!
Delish General Store Pop-Up
Saturday, August 18th + Sunday, August 19th, 2013
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
434 Columbia Street, Vancouver
I wanted to share a few more pictures from our studio tour with John Lennig last week. One of my favourite pictures from that afternoon is the one above of the hammer he created during shop class in high school over 50 years ago! I can’t imagine keeping something for that many years without it going missing!
If you haven’t already watched it, check out the Sign Painter movie trailer and event details below and enter to win some Sign Painter swag!
dates: Friday, June 7th and Saturday, June 8th, 2013 times: doors at 6:30pm | screening at 7:30pm | Q+A to follow with Faythe Levine and Sam Macon location: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver (BC) cost: Tickets $20.00 in advance | $25.00 at the door (19+ only)
We first met sign painter John Lennig when he participated at the second Got Craft? event back in July 2007. Almost six years later, we find ourselves sitting in his home eating coconut cupcakes and drinking tea while he chats about his career as a sign painter and shows us some of his past and present work. To celebrate the screening of the Sign Painter movie later this week, in which John makes an appearance, we asked him a few questions on how he started and what he loves most about the industry.
How long have you been a sign painter and how did you get into it?
50 years this September. After High School, at 18, I took a 1 year trade course for 2 years. I always took art classes in school and had planned on being a commercial artist. By fluke, I ended up in a sign painting course and after 1 week, I knew that ‘lettering’ was for me! Still is, more than ever! When I immigrated to Canada (Vancouver, BC) with my family, I worked in various sign shops until 1982, when I started my own shop, Brushworks. In 2000, I sold the shop and started BIG TOP Sign Arts specializing in ONLY hand painted lettering.
Was there a time when you when the industry was ‘perfect’ and there was no worry that the art of sign painting could possibly disappear? That Magic Time, up until the late 80’s, before computer cut vinyl lettering became “the way to go” (I to, bought into the system, up until 2000). The Golden Years…? the 50’s thru to the late 80’s…
Re: “disappearing” – Business didn’t disappear. It was that now customers had a much larger choice. Anybody that could type on a keyboard could create “signs”, cut vinyl lettering, and now digital prints without have the training and background in design and lettering. Prices were lowering due to “competition, while people were paying LOTS OF MONEY FOR EQUIPMENT so that they could make signs faster and charge less!
Obviously, cost drives many clients, and hand lettering is not cheaper than vinyl lettering. That said, there is a place for vinyl/digital work. Hand lettering has been having a real comeback in recent years, which pleases me very much! Creating/producing something that others can’t produce sets you apart from the mass produced work, but it will never go back to “how it was”.
Are there any resources that you can recommend for somebody that wanted to learn the technical details of sign painting?Resources are hard to find. YouTube… various DVD’s on hand lettering… Pierre Tardiff in Quebec teaches hand lettering classes… Los Angeles Trade Technical in LA, taught by “Doc” Guthrie is a fantastic two year course that has been operating since 1926. I visited them last February and this is an awesome course / facilities – the REAL DEAL!
For those unfamiliar with sign painting, what kind of tools do you use?
Core Tools: lettering brushes
Optional: Mahl Stick, sign painting enamel, layout paper, projector/opaque or overhead, lots of alphabet books/sign books (always be on the lookout in used book stores!!)
YOU DON’T NEED A COMPUTER TO MAKE SIGNS OR DESIGN THEM, but you do need a good understanding of design. Get Mike Stephen’s book Mastering Layout…the BEST BOOK OUT THERE…period!!
Love typography and the handmade movement? We are excited to celebrate the tradition and the time honoured art of sign painting by hosting the Canadian premiere of the documentary, the Sign Painter Movie by Faythe Levine and Sam Macon on Friday, June 7th and Saturday, June 8th at the Rio Theatre in Vancouver.
Here are the details:
Friday, June 7th and Saturday, June 8th, 2013
doors at 6:30pm | screening at 7:30pm | Q+A to follow with Faythe Levine and Sam Macon Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
Tickets $20.00 in advance | $25.00 at the door (19+ only)
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