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Introduction to Signwriting

with Dr Amy Goodwin

Sat 3 June 2023 @ 10:30 am - Sun 4 June 2023 @ 4:30 pm

The Workshop

This two-day workshop will provide participants with an introduction to traditional signwriting, led by Dr Amy Goodwin whose work features in Signs of the Seaside.

The workshop offers an opportunity to create a hand-painted sign whilst gaining an initial grounding in the principles of signwriting – from crafting letterforms to brush techniques. Over the two days, participants will work on a custom design and production of their own hand-painted sign.

There will be the opportunity to experiment with colour and ideas around the ‘ornament’ – exploring how to add embellishments to lettering to make it visually aesthetic, such as highlights, shadows and details. This will allow participants to understand the potential of signwriting and inform decisions on what letterforms and colours to use on their finished sign.

This workshop involves both drawing and painting (using enamel paint and white spirit). Materials and lunch are provided.

The Artist

Dr Amy Goodwin is a traditional signwriter, fairground artist and lecturer. Her signwriting work is undertaken by hand – with no digital assistance or tape – and she works to commission, predominantly in the fairground, circus and steam heritage industries, and occasionally in TV and film. Alongside this, she lectures on MA Illustration at Falmouth University and BA Illustration at the University of Plymouth.

In 2020 she was awarded a Practice-Led PhD for her work re-establishing the identities of 20th Century travelling fairground females through the construction of an archive as illustrated space. Amy’s work has been exhibited in many galleries and museums – including at the V&A, Cecil Sharp House, Guest Projects and APT Gallery. Her work forms part of the collection at The Yale Centre for British Art and has been featured in showcases for London Design Week and at other crafts-based events.


Signs of the Seaside runs from 29 April – 3 September 2023 

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