A swinging farm sign we’ve produced recently for a farm breeding Highland Cows. I love Highland Cattle so really enjoyed doing the design! The customer chose an unusual font called ‘Algerian’; we’ve never used this one before, and though it looks great and really stands out, it was a challenge to paint by hand and took a lot longer than the standard ‘Times New Roman’.
We’ve had some fantastic customer photos in this year, and this one is up there with the best! Shown here at home in Illinois, our first swinging sign in America so great to have a photo of it. The font used is completely custom – it is based on an existing style but I’ve altered a few bits at the request of the customer.
A bespoke house sign we sent out last week – the customer contacted us after seeing our two layer, hand painted Art Nouveau sign online, and was wondering if we could create a unique, custom design in the same style. She said there was a strong naval tradition in her family which she wanted the design to reflect, in part to remember her father who had recently passed away. Initially when she suggested ropes as a basis for the design I was a little unsure as to whether this would work in silhouette form, but thought it was worth having a go. I think the anchors really help in bringing the theme to life, but the rope on its own actually works really well too. This design did take several weeks of going back and forth between ourselves and the customer, making little adjustments, as I think the different pieces of rope did feel a little disjointed in the first draft. But after quite a lot of playing about, I think it all flows nicely and the customer was delighted with the finished piece, so that’s the important thing!
We were recently contacted by a customer who had seen our ‘Horse swinging Sign’, pictured above, and was wondering if we could create a similar design involving a horse and trap. It’s not a problem to make alterations to any of our existing designs, so of course we said yes. The horse and trap design itself has come from working from several different photographs in order to get the right angle, perspective, horse and driver, which was a little tricky but worth the effort in terms of making this a totally unique image. Initially I had planned to use the same design around the top as shown in the ‘Horse swinging Sign’, but as this one is portrait and the new design is landscape, we felt this wouldn’t really look right. So I printed out several copies of the Horse and Trap design, and doodled around them until I had something I was happy with! This was then transferred onto the computer relatively easily, and sent over to the customer who approved it straight away. Great to see our designs developing in this way.
Here’s a swinging pub sign we produced just before Christmas, for an Inn in Hampshire. The name is based on the story of King William II of England, also known as William Rufus. He had organised a hunting trip in the New Forest, Hampshire, and among the party was Sir Walter Tyrrell. At some point, Walter Tyrrell became split up from the group and accidently shot the King in the chest, while aiming for a Stag. He panicked and fled to France, as you probably would at this point. So the design of the sign is based on this story – it was an interesting project to create an image that depicts a whole story. And from what I can remember I was doing this one at about midnight as it was a really last minute order that we needed to get out before Christmas, so delighted it has turned out so well! It hangs from one of our traditional style swinging sign brackets with a scroll.
Another challenge here was matching the text to the writing on a commemorative stone placed on the spot where King William died in the New Forest; the customer wanted it to be in keeping with this style.
New style of wall mounted sign! The design is based on an Aruban Whiptail Lizard, also knows as ‘Blo Blo’, meaning ‘Blue Blue’ because of its bright vivid colour. It is native to the island of Aruba, just off the coast of Venezuela. The laser cut backplate and lizard itself are welded together, and the whole piece is powder coated black. I’ve painted a coat of primer and then the blue by hand on top of that, really love how this one has turned out. Look forward to creating more designs in this style. Our second Maltese order!
Love these photos of a swinging sign we made over summer! We met the customer at a show in Shropshire back in July – they admired our Black Fox swinging sign and asked us to produce something similar using an image of their dog, a Viszla called Tink. So this is the photo they sent – was actually quite tricky to work from as you can only really see three of her legs so had to be quite creative when drawing this one out. The cut outs below the text are Woodcocks; again the customer supplied the image to work from as they had a really clear idea of what they wanted. I think it was just a photo of part of a painting they had seen. We thought the cut outs were a really nice idea – we hadn’t done this before, but have used it in several farm signs since ( but with sheep not birds ). Its nice to be able to produce something so personal to the customer – they have emailed since to say how pleased they are with their sign so well worth all the time doing design work to get it just right!
New bespoke house name sign! The customer commissioned a layered sign in the same style as our Art Nouveau sign, but with a Lily theme. We’ve done a few variations on this design now, and this Lily one is quite chunky compared to the others so wasn’t sure how it would work, but really pleased now I can see it finished! Will be going off to Guernsey tomorrow.
On the way back from a camping trip this weekend we found ourselves driving past Poynton, Cheshire, so stopped in to have a look at a bespoke sign we made for an Italian restaurant earlier this year. The photos we’re only taken a few second apart but in different directions but the difference in the sky makes it look like different days. We’re really proud of this one anyway as so much work went into it – think it looks fantastic in situ; making the restaurant stand out but also really suits the street its on. ‘Il Borgo Antico’ means the Old Village, which is something I’ve tried to capture in the design, also making use of St George’s Church in Poynton, which is just at the other end of this street. It’s so nice to see it up anyway, after how difficult it was to actually get it there – Phiz spent several late nights making a roof rack for the van so we could actually transport the 15ft pole from our workshop..
We’re always surprised by how popular this design has become, both as a weathervane and a sign – thought it was very much a one off commission at the time of doing the original design. Looks great here as a swinging sign, I think the mounds of earth either side of the digger gives it a bit of context and brings the design to life. So a very contemporary design for a traditional style of swinging sign.