60 Years On the Brush: The Barker Signs Story

Maurie Barker founded Barker Signs in 1964, with his daughter Liane now keeping things hand-painted.

Man and woman facing the camera, holding a framed sign that reads "Barker Signs, Est. 1964".
Maurie and Liane Barker in 2020 following Maurie's retirement from the sign game.

Last year I hosted a BLAG Chat with Liane Barker (@barker_signs) in Brisbane, Australia. With the news that she's recently launched her new online course, I thought it would be a good time to share the recording, which is posted below.

This year is also the 60th anniversary of Barker Signs, founded by Liane's dad Maurie in June 1964. To mark the ocassion, the story of those 60 years is told below the video, along with dozens of photos from across this time, including Liane's apprenticeship in the early 1980s.

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