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 landscape. Fortunately, there is a growing trend to seek out traditional sign painters and a renaissance in the trade.
Join us for a follow up Q+A with Faythe Levine, and stay to have a look at Steady Work, an exhibition including work by five local sign painters.
Co-presented with the Portland Museum of Art. You can purchase Sam and Faythe’s Sign Painters book at the PMA store.
SIGN PAINTERS (OFFICIAL TRAILER) from samuel j macon on Vimeo.