Brilliant Signs: "A Passion for Craft"
Creative Review's 'Passion for Craft' film about Brilliant Signs, and their Better Letters projects.
The Brilliant Sign Co. Ltd was once the world’s biggest sign maker. Evidence of their work remains on shop fascias around London, given away by the small signature often added in the bottom right corner. The company went out of business but has recently been revived by husband and wife team, Ashley and Sarah Bishop. This video from Creative Review showcases some of their work, entirely fitting the Brilliant name.
In the piece above they are working on a fanlight for my home in London which I can’t wait to see. It rounds off a year since I first got to know Ashley and I owe a massive thanks to him. He has been responsible for pushing me to follow my passion for hand-painted signs and lettering. I wouldn’t be where I am at the end of 2014 without him doing so. Here’s why…
Ashley was responsible for getting me to pull my finger out and screen Sign Painters back in February, which in turn led to organising the first Better Letters workshop with Mike Meyer. 15 more workshops have followed, most recently the classical hand-lettering masterclass with David Kynaston.
The first workshop back in February was quickly followed by my first Letterheads meet in Mazeppa, and then another in Rochester. I’m now hooked and looking forward to many more meets to come.
Ashley has also been involved in a number of Better Letters commissions, most notably the work on the interior of the new Coca-Cola head quarters in London. He also contributed three stunning pieces to the Hand Jobs project.
Thank you Ashley for everything. Here’s wishing you and Brilliant Signs all good things for 2015.