Bespoke Wall Art Murals

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Here are some photos of a fairly epic project that’s been nearly a year in the making. This week past couple of weeks we’ve taken a bit of a departure from our usual weathervanes and swinging farm signs, and filled the workshop with these enormous bespoke pieces of wall art. The theme for this project was ‘The Seasons’, and the sizes range from 160 cm high up to 210cm for the gate so there hasn’t been a lot of space for anything else recently!

We’re used to producing bespoke weathervanes drawings, where I’ll have to create a design based on a model of car, or breed of dog, but this project has been on a different scale altogether. The Spring mural shows a tree going from winter on the left, with all it’s branches bare, into Spring on the right of the piece, with buds, leaves and blossom developing. There’s a bird sat on a nest, and swallows returning from their winter migration. The focal point at the bottom of the piece is two star gazing Hares. The Summer mural shows an Oak tree in full bloom, with a design inspired by wildflowers around the base. Field mice, poppies and corn are also included as things associated with Summer, and the centre of the wall art depicts the legend of the Green Man. The Autumn Mural shows the leaves falling, and the full moon background suggests the nights closing in, with the Fox in the foreground as an example of a typically nocturnal animal.

The bespoke gate and side panel depict winter; a snow covered tree, the fox asleep below ground, and the whole piece decorated with snowflakes and holly. The top panel shows the phases of the moon. Phiz has done an amazing job in welding all these pieces together; it doesn’t look like it from the photos but the tolerances were actually very tight as it all needed to bolt together, and fit exactly in between the customer’s house and garage. The design work especially has taken absolutely ages, but we’re really proud of what we have created here, and it’s shown us what is possible both in terms of laser cutting and our skills in bringing a customers ideas to life. I’ve no doubt that these will look amazing on the wall in Carlisle when they are plated and powder coated, and would definitely take on another bespoke wall art project like this in the future.

And now back to the workshop where there are a large number of weathervanes and farm signs needing our attention!

Highland Cow Farm Sign

Highland Cow Farm Sign Image

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’.

Swinging Pub Sign

Bespoke Pub SignHere’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.

 

Bespoke Swinging Sign

Sign In situ Photo Swinging Sign Photo Tink for Perthi SignLove 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!

 

JCB Digger Sign

Photo of JCB Digger signWe’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.

 

Pub Style Sign

Pub Sign PhotoHere’s the finished sign we did for the Italian restaurant in Cheshire! We went to drop it off last week and they had already concreted the 15 ft pole into the ground, which looks fantastic and importantly feels very secure. The restaurant name means ‘The Old Village’, a look that I have tried to put forward in the design. The church is actually based on a photo I took of St George’s church in Poynton, and I’ve tried to add a slightly mediterranean feel with the little hamlet on the left. The grape leaf and vine design at the top came from the customers initial idea of having a bottle of wine and two glasses; we think this is much more subtle and adds a really nice decorative element to the sign. ( The focus of the design changed when the customers came to see us, and I was in the middle of painting our ‘Oast House’ swinging sign ). Looking forward to seeing this pub style sign in situ, I think it will really suit the village feel of the street the restaurant is on.

Morgan Weathervane Insitu

Morgan Weathervane ImageThe fist car design we did and still one of the most popular – this photo of a Morgan weathervane was sent in earlier this week. A reasonably quiet week orders wise, we have had chance to book a few shows for summer, and start sorting our display out. Really looking forward to getting out there again, and hoping for some good weather!

Just about to pick up the latest batch of finished products from the powdercoaters, including a witch weathervane, something we’ve been meaning to design for ages so were delighted when a customer contacted us to commission one. There’s also a swinging sign with a design based around an Oast house, so will most likely be painting it this afternoon.