DESIGNALIVE Lookbook NGS

Recently – NGS signs and things… 

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RETRO LONDON ARSENAL

… and this

The Apothecary signs in the new flagship Bluewater ‘Tedbury’ quirky themed Ted Baker clothes store

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

from change-room area thru to front of house Ted Baker Nick Garrett signs

Watney’s – 1980s 

Watneys Red Barrel logo

I was very lucky meeting Ron Bennett, head architect at Watney’s Isleworth Brewery who tasked me with my first gilding job – The Windsor Arms.  Cooper a really tacky type of 70’s font which I had gilded in my bedroom the next morning and back to him in the afternoon. We worked together for 4 years.

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Sir Alexander Flemming – my second major sign commission to Watneys in 1981

Taylor Walker – 1980s

From there I went on to work with Will Allbrook at Taylor Walker/Oldham signs and by 1986 had wandered into the world of interiors mastering faux finishes on the way.

Below are some of the sites I remember working on over those and intervening years (if you have a project coming up feel free to email me at desight2012@yahoo.co.uk).

 

Firkin Pubs – 1989

The Pheonix and Firkin – the original sign we made in 1983 was up for restoration by 2001, but it was just too gone around the edges and this one was intended only as temporary but it looked kinda cool and we all agreed it should stay.

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Nina Campbell wanted a nice Roman so she got it with my selection of  Berling… still looking good.

RECENTLY 2011

Project start-up Bluewater

written in 2 colours

Above: November 2011 layout for Ted Baker Apothecary sign centre panel at flagship Bluewater shopping centre Kent UK. Below: the finished sign in sepia and antique gold, distressed and aged.

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Chalkie

I make chalk board designs and posters… great fun and very effective PUB Cafe VM tools…

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MONDAY, 6 FEBRUARY 2012

With this clock near the British Museum it was the case of starting from scratch with the decorators painting out what was there.
Around six books of transfer leaf were used and thankfully there was a local gilding supplier as I ran out half way through the job. The clock is now more bling, bling but not ding ding as it doesn’t work.
With this clock near the British Museum it was the case of starting from scratch with the decorators painting out what was there.

Around six books of transfer leaf were used and thankfully there was a local gilding supplier as I ran out half way through the job. The clock is now more bling, bling but not ding ding as it doesn’t work.
These monumental columns (doric I think and 19 in total) are at Mansion House in the City of London, where the Lord Mayor has his banquet among other events.
I was asked by a main contractor to gild the rings on the bases and realising this was going to be gilding on an industrial scale with only two weeks to finish ,I’d need some trustworthy assistance.
Mansion House London = Gilding project
These monumental columns (doric I think and 19 in total) are at Mansion House in the City of London, where the Lord Mayor has his banquet among other events.
I was asked by a main contractor to gild the rings on the bases and realising this was going to be gilding on an industrial scale with only two weeks to finish ,I’d need some trustworthy assistance.
Flying in from Itay master gilder Nik G lands with years of experience and plenty of tips to ease the job through, with this and fuelled by tea and digestive biscuits the work was successfully completed. A big thanks to Nick and A.S. Handovers for supplying the Gold leaf.johnpopesignwriter.com
Flying in from Itay master gilder Nick Garrett lands with years of experience and plenty of tips to ease the job through, with this and fuelled by tea and digestive biscuits the work was successfully completed. A big thanks to Nick and A.S. Handovers for supplying the Gold leaf.johnpopesignwriter.com

WEDNESDAY, 14 DECEMBER 2011

John Pope has been commisioned to paint a series of murals as part of a world class youth facility called ‘The Link’  in Thamesmead, South East London . These are spaces between the pillars under a fly over where  hi-tec pods have been installed to house a recording studio and performance spaces.
I’d only heard of Thamesmead from seeing the cult film “A Clockwork Orange’ where Alex lives and also throws one of his Drooges into a lake – a very nasty scene.
Tommy and Bob from Alphabetical design agency were desperate to find someone able to paint these designs onto the walls so the word was out and through a contact of theirs at the design Museum they came across me. This was a job requiring alot of paint, full sized vectorised artwork and large paint brushes (forget your sign writing sables).
For a day we handed over our brushes to some keen and enthusiastic participants.www.johnpopesignwriter.com
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