sign painter movie :: thank you!

Sign-Painter-Movie-Vancouver6Sign-Painter-Movie-Vancouver11Sign-Painter-Movie-Vancouver8Sign-Painter-Movie-Vancouver7Sign-Painter-Movie-Vancouver14Sign-Painter-Movie-Vancouver5Sign-Painter-Movie-Vancouver17I remember speaking to Faythe Levine about the sign painter project back in 2009 when we brought her to Vancouver (BC) for Handmade Nation. When she announced that the Sign Painter movie was being released, it was a quick decision to bring her, and co-director Sam Macon, back to the city to screen their new film.

For an overwhelming number of attendees, the Canadian premiere of Sign Painters last Friday and Saturday at the Rio Theatre in Vancouver (BC) has hopefully rekindled the art of sign painting. I can’t thank you enough to everybody that attended the event which has introduced us to many new faces, a completely new-to-us field of work, and most importantly, a new appreciation of hand-painted signs. The emotions that I felt standing in the theatre by myself watching the introduction of the film was a mixture of proudness for bringing this to Vancouver and excitement to finally screen it after planning the event for the past six months. In case you missed it, check out the sign painters website for screening dates here.

A big thank you to Faythe Levine and Sam Macon, SMASH gallery, Scout MagazineJohn Lennig, Society of Graphic Designers of Canada BC Chapter, Lindsay Anne, Type Camp, Barefoot Contessa, Poppytalk, and Oscars Art Books.

image via [stu-di-o] by jeanie

The Sign Painter Movie

“There was a time, as recently as the 1980s, when storefronts, murals, banners, barn signs, billboards, and even street signs were all hand-lettered with brush and paint. But, like many skilled trades, the sign industry has been overrun by the techno-fueled promise of quicker and cheaper. The resulting proliferation of computer-designed, die-cut vinyl lettering and inkjet printers has ushered a creeping sameness into our landscape. Fortunately, there is a growing trend to seek out traditional sign painters and a renaissance in the trade.”

In 2009, we brought Faythe Levine to Vancouver for Western Canada’s premiere of Handmade Nation and we are thrilled to bring her back, along with filmmaker and co-director Sam Macon to screen their new documentary, The Sign Painter Movie!

Authors_Levine_MaconFaythe Levine and Sam Macon began documenting these dedicated practitioners, their time-honoured methods, and their appreciation for quality and craftsmanship back in 2010. Sign Painters, the first anecdotal history of the craft, features the stories of more than two dozen sign painters working in cities throughout the United States.

Did you catch our interview with Faythe Levine and Sam Macon in the new Got Craft? 2013 spring look book? Check out pages 36+37 here!


What: The Sign Painter Movie

When: two screenings – Friday, June 7th and Saturday, June 8th, 2013
Doors at 6:30pm | Screening at 7:30pm | Director’s Q+A to follow

Where: Rio Theatre, 1660 East Broadway @ Commercial Drive, Vancouver (BC)

Tickets: $20.00 in advance | $25.00 at the door – limited seating | buy tickets here


A companion book, Sign Painters, features 24 artists, their work, their process, and discussions of how they got started in this field as well as a foreword by legendary artist (and former sign painter) Ed Ruscha.

got craft? :: thank you!


Vancouver, you blew us away.

Thank you for another record breaking year! Thank you to all of our lovely vendors, our volunteers, our sponsors, and for each and every one of the thousands of people that came through our doors.

We are working on finalizing our 2013 plans, but until then, make sure to check out our Around Town calendar for more handmade markets before Christmas. In the meantime, we are going to get some rest and will check in soon.

Happy Holidays! ♥

images via [stu-di-o] by jeanie, vendors from top to bottom :: Roxypop, Plantscapes, Fiber Lab, My Little Lights

got craft? :: things to do!

cardFront Dec12A reminder that Got Craft? is this weekend on Saturday, December 8th and Sunday, December 9th, 2012 from 10-5pm at the Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive in Vancouver.

Here are our top six things to do at the event!

  1. Be one of the first 50 people through the doors on each day to receive a FREE swag bag filled with goodies from Got Craft? vendors and sponsors.
  2. Shop from 80 local handmade vendors.
  3. Book signing with Leanne Prain, author of Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery and co-author of Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti. Books will be available for sale or bring your own! From 1-2pm on both Saturday and Sunday
  4. Participate in a DIY workshop including an embroidery project, sewing a holly pin, and button making.
  5. Have lunch from one of our food carts including hot drinks from GoGoJava, Varinicey Pakoras, JJ’s Trucketeria (Saturday only), and Taser Sandwiches (Sunday only)
  6. Have your picture taken at our Photobooth hosted by Photobooth Vancouver

See you there!


Got Craft?
Saturday, December 8th and Sunday, December 9th, 2012
10:00am to 5:00pm
Croatian Cultural Centre
3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
$3.00 admission (kids 10 and under are free)