Eye Candy at Bunga Bunga case London – NGS

yowza!!!   

Here is a quick photo case of our flash splash for Bunga Bunga disco club in Battersea, London.

It was really cold and after an hour right at our backs 3 huge reverse cycle air con units started up, blowing FREEZING air into our kidneys!!  Time to move inside!!

Minus 3 degs… brrrrr

Finally I laid on Glow in the Dark phosphorous paint to all white areas and the job was done!

Tonal transition on the mirror tile details created the sensation of light and 3D

 

Nick Garrett – Design, layout, all paint, detailing

Jack Hollands – tech assist draw up and double coating

Silvio Berlusconi – toilet cleaner

 

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Michael Leventis – lettering for the artist

Lettering the fine fine art painting

This lettering commission was really unpredictable with the canvas and different absorptions affecting flow of sign enamel.

The letters actually flowed on beautifully… but the real drama was getting them on in the first place.

Normally the layout drawing traces down onto the surface easily and one uses the chalk line draft as a close spacing guide.

This drawing and trace down decided to completely fail for some unfathomable reason.  It was at that moment I realised there was something special in the way he applied his paint.

”Only oils with turpentine he mused..”

But as I gave up the normal route I realised I had to do it differently and without hesitation.

I grabbed a pair of rusty studio scissors and started hacking out the letters with reasonable accuracy and rising panic… after a fairly desperate activity I laid the drawing back up and flicked chalk across the now newly chopped stencil.  In 32 years this was a first and not without desperation.

I never use the drawing as a final mark… I always take my brush and allow it to command the structure and curves.  The drawing gets you spaced accurately but after that it can get in the way.

At last my pallet was loaded and brush charged to the canvas the chiselled sable went and with a tip led technique I found myself flying around the text!  Ocassionally the canvas sucked in the mix and cause tiny errors, spiders and runs…  I zapped these with tissue at hand and re cut the glyphs.

The font itself was a contrived New york wharf type of 50s font – chunky and hard. Standing back with line one done it looked really hard and perfect.

I was amazed!!  This was good.

After 30 minutes they were done and it was solid… no need for an outline as originally planned.

The painting had taken on a new dimension and talked it’s own poetic message.

Masking the 10mm box line was a job every bit as accurate as Damien Hirst job nay more so… involved taping registers for marking out … marking, straight liner tape as offset guide, then Frog tape, tracking the straight setters… corners all needed re tape cut ins because impossible to razor trim tap for obvious reasons… Frog Tape ruled again with only 2 tiny bleeds.

Curious as I usually am about my clients, I had a number of fascinating kick-back chats with Michael in his fab Rauol restaurant in Maida Vale and talked about his past present and future aspirations..

I can recommend the salmon and avocado sandwich by t’way.

”I started out working with my father… he didn’t want me to head in the ‘wrong direction’ (art college) and so in my early twenties I found myself in the USA … we had a number of businesses in the states… one of which was a bottling plant for Cocoa Cola… ”

But it wasn’t until I met Francis (Bacon) years later and quite by chance on Ios that I realised I had to paint again… Francis demanded I return to England and found me a studio… how could I refuse that?

” You see my father died of lung cancer… and the chap in the Marlborough adverts died of lung cancer too… so it’s deeply ironic.

I physically winced when he told me that.

”How devastating… ”

Michael kep his eyes fixed in his sheltered yet poised way.  he struck me as a tender hearted man and a gifted painter.

Getting up close to his image on the canvas was quite a surprise because at a distance these graphically rendered images seem rather slick. Up close is a different mater.

They are beautifully painted… crafted across the carefully selected shifts and divisions.

Divisions they depict and play with.

TBC shortly

NG

Ben Jones designs: Heavenly Bodies Bridal

Posted 22 hours ago

By Ben Jones

Earlier this week I mentioned that a logo I had designed for one of my clients, Heavenly Bodies Bridal, was going to be hand painted onto their new shop front, by the talented Nick Garrett.

We had originally hoped that I would pop down to film the process, but unfortunately, I was unable to make it down to the store for the time of painting. So there is no video, boo 😦

I do have a photo however! yay!

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photo curtesy of Nick Garrett – pilfered from his website

I think you will all agree, it looks VERY tasty!

You can check out more of Nicks work here: www.nickgarrettsignwriter.com

 

Traditional signwriting means by hand – not by rip-off digital stencil!

What it means to have a sign written by hand – and not by digital stencil!

I am a dedicated professional sign artist with 31 years of experience and dedication by brush… I speak with a lot of writers who have given it up – they have sadly opted for digitally produced stencils (it’s always a good idea to check your signwriter will paint your sign by hand brush – without digital stencil).

The stencil is cut by computer and laid in place – it is low tack after it is rubbed in and flat the stencil is painted with a flat fill-in brush and when that coat is just dry the stencil is peeled off leaving a sharp digital painted letter – a lot like vinyl in final appearance but without the problems of shrinkage.

I find this really quite sad and alarming – are some touting Traditional Signwriting? Often yes and the unsuspecting client pays for a traditional painted sign and gets a quick stencil rip.

When a sign writer crafts your logo with the brush it comes from thousands of hours of dedication – it embodies this dedication in a flowing emblemic quality, that fills the work with a whole essence of artistry and commercial power… and if needed either the warmth of traditional sign romance, classic elegance or cool minimalism.

For example on a straight letter a writer will flair the letter at the corners to add a sharpness, refinement and tempo.

The Traditional writer will adjust letters at will.  I, for example change certain letters if I feel the font is designed solely for paper or on-screen reproduction.  Good writers improve fonts.

Either way a digital sign stencil can’t match the human in human terms can it… and yes while digital is by nature pin point accurate, it should cost you far less, because it is only a shade better than cheap vinyl and incredibly easy to produce.  There are skills involved but zero artistry.

Digital stencils are used and passed off as genuine signwriting and that is what I aim to head you up on here – the final artwork will lack flow, depth and beauty.  But if you want it, go to a non traditional sign company and get a good deal at the right price.


Shop Fascia – Traditional Signwriting, Nick Garrett

Traditional Sign Writer Nick Garrett – About

If you are looking for visually stunning traditional signwriting, you may have just found the solution…

As part of my service, start-up or up-and-running, I can assist you with logo re-creation, sign designcolour schemes and layout options.  

I have been a sign writer since 1981, and while I am constantly developing modern  computer based designs, traditional skills are my greatest asset –  The unique quality of traditional sign writing is the richness found in the personal touch, and in this digital age signwriting is enjoying a renaissance.  

It’s ironic too, because as the most cost effective sign solution it often looks the best  of all, especially in gold leaf.  Equally good on listed buildings, glitzy retail sites and quintessential English public houses, it remains a signature of hand made perfection and quality.

With a traditional painted sign from my pallet it is possible to enjoy the best of both worlds; a beautifully bespoke product… with a truly modern and affordable service.

If you need any input, samples or advice feel free to contact me.

Nick Garrett

NGS 20 Ivymount Road, London, SE27ONB, United Kingdom

+44 (0)7831173396  +393281518426

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Retro Electric Cafe – Cafe Sign Vintage Typeface Design specialisation

Remember the warms of a true London original painted cafe sign?

It’s alive and revived…


Above:  c1935.  The original sign still under the existing panel at the Electric Cafe W Norwood, London.
Below: Baldini restoration project reference photograph

NGS Cafe Sign Projects – London Traditional Sign-Writing 

I am getting a steady flow of vintage cafe -eatery signs these day here are a few on show – It is possible to take an old photo and extract enough info tor reproduce a faithful replication to your new London, Uk, European, Worldwide, eatery sign or interiors project

Above: Baldini sign project: Restoring photo and extracting exact original font style for retro cafe traditional sign re-paint layout

Below:  Signwriting reverse glass at Dishoom Shoreditch High St London

 

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Dishoom was a really aaazing project – organised and highly creative

Above: Retro repro painted sign panel with soft distressing – NGS

POD Mansion House – NGS eaterie hand painted glass murals and fascia signage

I specialise in real, hand painted Cafe and Restaurant sign writing – if you need a quality painted sign statement for your business email me or give me a call with you project details.  Happy to set up an appointment.

Nick Garrett NGS

The London Gilder & Signwriter Nick Garrett

For all your London signwriting and gilding needs call Nick at NGS – 07960113799

I never call myself a ‘master’ signwriter… I always let my signs speak louder than such words…

 

Thanks for visiting my website. 

My name is Nick Garrett: A born and bred London Signwriting and Gold Leaf Gilding artist, specialising in traditional, retro and modern brand sign writing.

Very much today’s modern signman… by design.


Great brand design NGS

Smooth production and finishing

I offer a comprehensive sign service with a design advantage from a career spanning 38 years in all areas of design, including lettering, brand ID, ceramics, furniture, special finishes and pure typographics. I gives my studio the edge on creating genuine products with super fast roll through to suit your every need.

Super Design, Modern Detail – purely by hand

Passion for detail and historical lettering, makes NGS a trend leader. Everything is created by hand from the drawing to the final brushstroke. It’s modern yet always classical whether Urban distress, a cafe script, or a fine Roman.

We have a huge research archive of the perfect lettering for you. If we haven’t made it recently we’ll make it for you today.

Work is designed to your particular needs or I can follow perfectly your existing design layouts and brand ID. These include:

  • Modern
  • Branding & Graphics
  • Classic Vintage
  • House numerals
  • Ghost signs 
  • Chalkboards
  • Gilding on glass and panel
  • Panel Manufacture
  • Teaching the craft and support

Projects can be completed in our workshop or with you on site anywhere in the world – rain or shine, super big or small, quality productions.  

The complete bespoke service and the best affordable prices.


 

Free quote or chat call Nick at NGS 07960113799

NGS Sign creativity is all about launching something beautiful on the eye… not just great letters, but the essence of your business.

NGS BESPOKE SIGNWRITING FOR CLASSIC RETRO PUBS AND CAFES

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Call us for a Quote 07960113799  

Or email nick@nickgarrettsignwriter.com

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