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Gold leaf lettering on glass or on panels – what it means

Gold leaf lettering on glass or on panels – what it means

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NGS – We just Love Gold Leaf


Yep interesting… what does it mean for anyone investing big money into a gilded piece of front of house ID?

It means firstly that they want to say I am Quality… probably one of the best.  I am better than anyone else who doesn’t have Gold.

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It probably also says they are madly in love with what they do and have a passion overflow for this whole idea of product beauty and self worth.  The sense of self worth is what top drawer have in common and that can be the guy in Brockley or Bond Street.

 

But hang on the guy in Brockley has just as much pride and love as Prada or the other diamond chip traders! Yes that’s true but to be honest I wouldn’t suggest gold leaf for a local cafe because it wouldn’t suit en masse. It would be too bling where what might be better is wide catch warmth from design.  The price-tag won’t be far off yet the business would prosper… enough with good choice colour – back to gold then.

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Working with the finest materials is a dream and in many ways laying on size and burnishing in gold is a lot easier than 2 coats of enamel, and quite often I use white gold to back up lettering on glass which adds luminosity and durability.

A lot of newbies just love jumping in the deep end and getting gilding before they have mastered the basics, much to the annoyance of the old guard. I can see the attraction: the prestige, the higher earnings, the tag gilder all represent the essence of the craft of signwriting.

I’ve got ex student who are so obsessed with the stuff that they have created their own niche, tight methodology for glass gilding which is genuinely impressive. And yes sometimes their shapes are shit!! But sometimes my gilding is shit so who gives… we are all human.

The equipment and quirks have their own allure to: the Smith tip, Badger tip, Studdon gild method, Bermuda gild, Chicago, it goes on… refinements that really seem to matter.

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But what really matters is that we have dozens of talented guys that have the passion for this stuff and 5 years ago there were only 5 of us in London slinging leaf.

Rejoice, keep it rolling!! Make gold your own special craft skill and start to create your own mysterious legend.

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What does it all mean?

Quality and matching ambition between client and artist… to say nothing of a deeply beautiful UK-London again.

 

Nick Garrett

 

Next article coming up – the Classic Cafe sign


 

Brushstrokes not keystrokes – The Drum article

Brushstrokes not keystrokes: Why handpainted signage is making a popular return

An art form all but lost, hand painted signage is experiencing a resurgence as retailers place value in the human touch.

Image showing my first NGS apprentice Jack Hollands rolling out a superb stroke.

 

The first sign that the writing was on the wall for sign writing came in the 1980s when vinyl cutting first made an appearance and craft began to make way for computers. 

The 90s proved even more disastrous, with inkjet printers and digital design putting everything from window stickers to building wraps mere keystrokes away.

Before long the Victorian facades of our city centres were buried beneath the incongruous backlit signage of big-box stores and fast-food chains – a saturation of plastic and vinyl that led to high street bleeding into indistinguishable high street.

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Signwriter Tobias Newbigin enjoys a moment’s reflection with Nick Garrett after a  day gilding at The Vintage Guitar Shop, Shoreditch.

 

Thankfully, then, it looks like we’re finally getting bored with plastic, businesses no longer happy to just blend in with uninspired, identikit neighbours – much to the delight of traditional London sign writer Nick Garrett who dismisses modern signage as “offensive”.

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