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 ūüė¶

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

 

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The new Dishoom is really a spectacular blend of rich, quirky on retro trend design and slick gastronomy.

 

And if you think that’s a mouthful wait till you see the menu… and our signwriting!!

In the heart of London this hand painted window set is a stunner with the original vintage 1920’s Bombay font extracted by Nick Garrett from an vintage cafe sign (below) and embellished into it’s new typographic context. Some of the new characters I created taking reference from the original but launching into the quirky eccentric.

Above:  artwork prepared by NGS for the production of full sized layouts (Output РOriginal Copy Center Lond UK )

Double trouble

But it’s been really tough… arriving on site to hand paint the glass the dimensions supplied were all slightly out affecting one lay out and the windows were 25mm double glazed!

That meant the drawing we would use to trace our lettering was 32mm away from the surface needed to be written on the inner pane of plate glass… in effect we were writing on an invisible floating plain inside the shop unable to line up to the drawing!

 

The normal brush controls went out the window! Literally … and after serious eye-strain, double vision and a panic attack Mat and I found things gradually improving as our technique¬†accommodated¬†this incredibly odd and challenging work environment.

A half day into the writing ¬†and gradually the mind had made adjustments – we started to even enjoy the fruits…

Traditional London Signwriter Nick Garrett: Gallery Ted Baker ‚Äď NGSigns

For Ted Baker ‚Äď London Signwriter Nick G, NGS


Chalkboard Ted Baker - Nick Garrett traditional signs

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NGS completed 11 in-store traditionally hand painted sign panels for Ted Baker’s flagship store in Bluewater Kent. The brief was to bring a rich hand painted feeling to the logos of several themed interior settings, using layouts produced by the in-house design team.
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The nostalgia ‚ÄĚTedbury‚ÄĚ concept included various village shop sets with quaint English vintage signwriting ‚Äď a tea shop, a butcher shop and a pharmacy staging‚Ķ These interior wall and ceiling sets were literally designed as room spaces then ‘de-constructed’ or dissected, with walls displaced creating a broken visual constant: a shifting continual context around the store‚Ķ heaps of mirrors assisted the whole shabaz, The mix of Goth typography and Victorian ornamentation made the writing fun and after we went over with a distress rub down and glaze, the panels really looked the part.
We are constantly being asked to create aged and retro surface finishes on shop signs and retail displays these days and this vintage painted feel is becoming one of our specialities.
A few weeks later the 2 million pound makeover was complete and running beautifully.
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Special thanks to all the team and shopfitters.
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Article by Nick Garrett, NGS  TheLondonsignwriter.com


Shop front Ted Baker new flagship store

ted baker Nick Garrett NGS traditional signwriting London

The Apothecary signs in the new flagship Bluewater ‚ÄėTedbury‚Äô quirky themed store




…Nick Garrett sign writing in Blue Water Kent the fab new Ted Baker store…

from change-room area thru to front of house Ted Baker Nick Garrett signs     Julian Brown flying through the layouts - Nick Garrett signs

Well Hung Butchers!!     

in the flow - Nick Garrett traditional signwriter, London

Lettering entirely by hand to retro panels and vintage themed surfaces


Jules Brown Signwriter at Ted Baker - Nick Garrett signs

on the line - Nick Garrett signwriter London

Masking tops and bottoms while lettering sometimes helps when up against time… this font was hand painted with 2 coats of Buckingham Cream with a black shadow.


Apothecary sign Nick Garrett Signs

London sign-writer Nick Garrett


Big thanks to John Pope, Dave Uprichard of OPT (http://www.otpstudio.com/) for great layouts and TB fitters and VM designers for preparing the artwork.

For your traditional hand painted sign enquiries contact Nick:


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