Tradition signwriting is like a lost art that changed as technology advances. Where signwriters used methods that were closely related to those of the fore-bearers of this craft and did not depend on technology – they are able to set out a sign with chalk and write it by eye in freehand. They didn’t rely on fonts and normally have their own individual lettering styles yet with the ability to render fonts closely to brand and for example architectural design briefs.
We love how these traditional signs grow more beautiful with age eventually becomes what’s known as a ‘ghost sign’ as it fades revealing grounds, surfaces, brushstrokes and undercoats; generally becoming a beautiful piece of artwork.
To learn some of the basics of signwriting, join us at our upcoming signwriting workshop
Check out some of Newcastle’s lost and ghost signage provided by local members of The Lost Newcastle.
Slicks Burgers Cakes & Coffee – Image by Doug Saxon courtesy of Hidden Hamilton
Image provided by Ron Woods
Image provided by Carol Duncan
David Cohen & Co – Image provided by David Carroll
The Roxy – Image by Greg & Syliva Ray courtesy of Hidden Hamilton
Hexham Public School – Image provided by Darren Furner
Klosters Darby St – Image by Justin & Alison Worboys
The Billy Tea – Image provided by Darren Furner
The Astoria – Image by Christopher Carlson