Joby Carter’s Abnormal Letterheads

Joby Carter hosts (and attends) his first ever Letterheads, with sign painters from around the world.

Joby Carter’s Abnormal Letterheads
Bevels from Copenhagen Signs' Jakob Engberg. 

Joby Carter, showman and signwriter, runs Carters Steam Fair (see photos here). Due to his touring schedule has never been able to attend a Letterheads event before, but that didn’t stop him from deciding to host one last month. Egged on by Mike Meyer, Ash Bishop and various others that fancied getting let loose with brushes and paint in his famous Maidenhead yard, the result was 'Abnormal Letterheads'. The November weekender was attended by 77 guests, including Joby’s original teacher, Stan Wilkinson, and others from as far afield as the Netherlands, Singapore, the USA and Germany.

Most of the work produced across the weekend was auctioned off at the end. This, and proceeds from the bar, raised over £6,300 the Teenage Cancer Trust. (More lettering for good!) Unfortunately I could only attend the first day, but the photos below capture some of the action. Joby is so fired up after hosting his first meet that he’s already planning another for November 2017!

Find more Letterheads event reviews here at bl.ag online, and subscribe to receive news of future meets.
Dapper Signs’ panel
Dapper Signs’ panel.
You’re never far from lettering inspiration at Carter’s yard, this piece was getting a lot of attention
You’re never far from lettering inspiration at Carter’s yard, this piece was getting a lot of attention.
Flexing lettering
Flexing lettering.
Alex May Hughes working some glass
Alex May Hughes working some glass.
Ged Palmer at work
Ged Palmer at work.
Portion of panel promoting Joby’s popular signwriting workshops
Portion of panel promoting Joby’s popular signwriting workshops.
New sign being painted for the bar!
New sign being painted for the bar!
Some work from Colin Dundas
Some work from Colin Dundas.
Enjoying this article? Sign up now for a free membership to unlock even more sign painting resources and the latest news.
Mike Meyer pays tribute to Joby’s father, and founder of the fair, John Carter
Mike Meyer pays tribute to Joby’s father, and founder of the fair, John Carter.
Cheers! Alice Mazzilli and Alex May Hughes share a brew, with Jaspter Andries from Amsterdam Sign Painters in the background
Cheers! Alice Mazzilli and Alex May Hughes share a brew, with Jasper Andries from Amsterdam Sign Painters in the background.
Letterheads is all about the novice, so here are some tips
Letterheads is all about the novice, so here are some tips.
Bob Perry from the Isle of Wight at work
Bob Perry from the Isle of Wight at work.
Bob Perry & Wayne Osbourne
Bob Perry & Wayne Osbourne.
Easel reference
Easel reference.
Work in progress on a panel inspired by the fair
Work in progress on a panel inspired by the fair.
Fairground inspired panel
Fairground-inspired panel.
Joby’s mum dashed out this pictorial in no time at all on the front of a van
Joby’s mum dashed out this pictorial in no time at all on the front of a van.
One of the fair’s support vans, now freshly lettered and ready for the road again
One of the fair’s support vans, now freshly lettered and ready for the road again.
Ash Bishop at work on the side of the van
Ash Bishop at work on the side of the van.
Mike Meyer provides lessons in cultural exchange
Mike Meyer provides lessons in cultural exchange.
Easels ahoy in one of Joby’s sheds
Easels ahoy in one of Joby’s sheds.
Paint and paint sticks
Paint and paint sticks.
Lettering from Joby Carter
Lettering from Joby Carter.
Always hand paint, all the way from Singapore
Always hand paint, all the way from Singapore.
Jacob from Copenhagen Signs in action
Jakob from Copenhagen Signs in action.
Some of Joby’s lettering
Some of Joby’s lettering.
Prototype t-shire from Jacob at Copenhagen Signs, ordering details coming soon…
Prototype t-shire from Jakob at Copenhagen Signs, ordering details coming soon…
Final piece from Jacob at Copenhagen Signs
Final piece from Jakob at Copenhagen Signs.
Frank Carty at work on his panel
Frank Carty at work on his panel.
Panel from Frank Carty of Artisan Artworks
Panel from Frank Carty of Artisan Artworks.
Joby’s teacher Stan Wilkinson back on the brush
Joby’s teacher Stan Wilkinson back on the brush.
First layer down on Stan Wilkinson’s panel, a tribute to the first sign shop he worked at
First layer down on Stan Wilkinson’s panel, a tribute to the first sign shop he worked at.
Find more Letterheads event reviews here at bl.ag online, and subscribe to receive news of future meets.