There was a time as recently as the 1980s when storefronts, murals, banners, barn signs, billboards and even street signs were all hand-lettered with brush and paint. But, like many skilled trades, the sign industry has been overrun by the techno-fueled promise of quicker and cheaper. The resulting proliferation of computer-designed, die-cut vinyl lettering and inkjet printers has ushered a creeping sameness into our visual landscape. Fortunately, there is a growing trend to seek out traditional sign painters and a renaissance in the trade. This book documents a collection these dedicated practitioners, their time-honored methods and their appreciation for quality and craftsmanship. It provides a history of the craft, features stories and photographs of more than two dozen sign painters working in cities throughout the United States.
With an unprecedented array of media and digital tools at their disposal, today's artists are faced with unlimited possibilities for creative experimentation. This guide examines how artists are experimenting, reinterpreting and redefining everything from the surfaces on which they work to the way viewers interact with their finished pieces. It includes demonstrations and art from more than 20 artists, and explores alternative ways of conceptualizing art through innovative 2-D, 3-D and digital processes.
In this collection, stencil maverick Ed Roth presents 25 stencil designs - from retro-cool typewriters, microphones and roller skates to elegant leaves, birds and abstract shapes. The book offers step-by-step directions for more than 20 wildly creative projects that take stenciling to a whole new level. With the help of creative friends such as Erica Domesek of P.S. - I made this and embroidery queen Jenny Hart, Ed shows how to stencil on just about anything -T-shirts, leather, mirrors, food and even hair using a variety of techniques like stitching, etching and more. It also features a pocket in the back of the book to store the reusable stencils once they've been used.