Onwards and upwards!
Drum roll please! It's with great pleasure that we have moved to a bigger premises at 47 Roman Road, London E2. Our time on Bethnal Green Rd was a great adventure: the hectic fit-out, the random guest appearance of the local priest at the opening party, making sixteen meters of reverse glass signs in a 240sqft space, the amazing clients and commissions from London, the UK and abroad and the the wonderful neighbourhood friends we made.
Our new space is nestled between a lovely Italian coffee shop and the London Buddhist Centre and we are excited to expand into a much larger space set over two floors giving us the room for more ambitious work, processes and classes.
Going for gold!
We recently had the pleasure of making this gold leaf panel for a private client using white gold to create the mirrored background. We went to town on this using pearl inlays, fades of gold, burnishing effects and all manner of fancy details. Another piece was for the guys over at The Full Nelson in Deptford, this piece included some bevelled edges, variegated leaf and pearl inlays which was then framed up by the wonderful Craig Keenan.
Also keep your eyes peeled for us on Channel 4 on the 2nd of August, we will be appearing on Old House New Home with the wonderful George Clark with a bespoke gilded panel.
As we approach the summer, we are also coming up to one of the highlights of the year: Letterheads 2018. This year will see over 200 sign painters, letterers and calligraphers from over 25 countries descend on our home turf for a week of lettering, learning and sharing techniques with like mind people of different generations! The Letterheads was set up in 1975 by seven sign writers in America who wanted to keep the craft alive by sharing their expertise to the younger generations. We are honoured to have been given the task of making the artwork and co-organise the event with Better Letters, Alice Mazzilli and A.S. Handover.
The Pre-Vinylite Society will be hosting an exhibition to run along side the letterheads meet at theBargehouse at the Oxo Tower. 'The Grande Exhibition' will be an unmissable show featuring up to 30 top sign painters creating their interpretations of the original artwork from the 1762 'Society of Sign Painters' Catalogue. It will be open to the public from the 16th - 19th of August.
Armstrong Audio, run by Shamil and his father Mr T, was established back in 1932 in Camden, it was then taken over by Mr T in the 80's and relocated to Walthamstow.
Last year Shamil decided to expand the business into a coffee shop, and asked us to come in to work on the full scope of design, hand-painted fascia, gilded windows, wall offerings, hanging sign and A-board. We also recently created an A board and Hanging Sign (to match their gilded glass fascia) for the lovely folk over at Pentreath and Hall, check out our Instagram for some snaps.
The cool cats from Clutch Magazine Japan came to visit us at the shop to more about sign writing and lettering and featured the interview as well the cover story for issue 59 a little while back. Following that we were super happy to be asked to work on their logo and sign writing for their flagship store 'Clutch Cafe' now open on London's Great Portland Street!
Butcher and Cook
One of our favourite activities is working with the locals, a recent highlight was smashing out a couple of show cards and a fascia for the new guys on the block - Butcher and Cook, who make a mean sandwich! Check out their sausage roll Saturday's!
Day courses at Luminor are intended for beginners who are interested in learning how to design and paint lettering by hand, just the way it used to made before the advent of digital design. The workshop begins with a crash course in calligraphy: covering Roman, Blackletter, Italic, Brush Script and Copperplate. Following that we will explore the drawing techniques for block lettering and how to use sign writing brushes and tools to paint the lettering. For the 2nd half of the day we will look at layout and design elements and finally make a quick paper sign to take away at the end of the day.
To express an interest in our next workshop please email our Studio Manager Shona on firstname.lastname@example.org, there are limited spaces and we work on a first come first served basis.