Dublin has a rich history of hand painted signs decorating the city. Although it is not as common today, the craft still continues.
To view work by the sign writers and artists featured in the documentary visit the links below:
Kevin Freeney - http://www.flickr.com/photos/gentlemanofletters
Colm O' Connor - http://www.colmoconnorsignwriter.com
Maser - http://maserart.com/
James Earley - http://www.inputout.com/
Kevin Freeney Jr - http://www.kevinfreeney.com
Also check out Film Makers Taller Stories - http://www.tallerstories.com
....and last but not least Toejam who co-produced the film - http://www.toejam.ie
This the official trailer for SIGN PAINTERS a documentary by Faythe Levine & Sam Macon. For information regarding screenings, and other news please visit signpaintersfilm.com
About the project...
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 2010 Directors Faythe Levine and Sam Macon, with Cinematographer Travis Auclair, began documenting these dedicated practitioners, their time-honored methods, and their appreciation for quality and craftsmanship. 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. The documentary and book profiles sign painters young and old, from the new vanguard working solo to collaborative shops such as San Francisco’s New Bohemia Signs and New York’s Colossal Media’s Sky High Murals.
The book published by Princeton Architectural Press in November 2012 features a foreword by legendary artist (and former sign painter) Ed Ruscha. We encourage you to pick up a copy at your local book shop, or directly from Princeton Architectural Press - http://goo.gl/aTZLq
In 2011, we traveled to Knoxville, Tennessee to work with Yee-Haw Industries on a set of 10 letterpress posters.
View the finished posters at jackindependence.com.
Client: Jack Daniels
Agency: Arnold Worldwide
Chief Creative Officer: Pete Favat
Group Creative Director: Wade Devers
Art Director: Travis Robertson
Copywriter: Bryan Karr
DP: Paper Fortress
Music: Matt Morelock
The Beauty of Letterpress is presented by Neenah Paper and Crane® Papers as an online resource and showcase, featuring the best and most innovative letterpress work in the industry today. In addition, the community will be assisting the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in their efforts to relocate and effectively salvage a priceless piece of letterpress history. There will be monthly issues curated by prominent designers, highlighting their favorite projects on the site. There will also be an accompanying Beauty of Letterpress Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, each showcasing the intricate nature of the craft and the incredible results of this printing technique. This film was created on location in Two Rivers, WI by Spectrum Studios - spectrumchicago.net