Glasgow Signwriter goes online with Innes & Gunn to showcase home creativity

Rachel E Millar, 26-year-old Signwriter, Gilder & Lettering artist from Mount Florida on the south side, is showing us how to do exactly that, with a three-hour live-stream from Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn’s social media’s.

“I usually don’t have the time to draw by hand, although that’s what traditional Signmakers would do. This time has been really special to go back to that old style of craft.

“Doing it live was brilliant because I was able to connect directly with people and answer their questions.” The opportunity is totally unique to the lockdown, but an artistic experience nonetheless.

Last week, Innes & Gunn announced their 12-week campaign to support the creative industries across the world, with the first being Rachel who performed a lock-down themed sign urging people to stay home while the lockdown continues.

Dougal Gunn Sharp, Founder and Master Brewer at Innis & Gunn, said: “Nobody would disagree that it’s a very uncertain time for all of us, but it’s our belief that now more than ever, it’s important to support and shine a light on the creative industries, both within the UK and beyond.

“Over the years we have embraced the talents of true originals; people who share our values within their creative specialism. In the coming weeks, we’ll be working with our partners to showcase their incredible talents and show that even in this time of the ‘new normal’, creativity can provide a beacon of positivity.”

Rachel’s signs are dotted all over Glasgow and particularly in the South Side. Whilst it has been difficult moving to a working-from-home setting, Rachel stresses creativity is more important now than ever.

“Being inside has reminded us why we all do what we do. There will be a burst of creativity in the streets after the lockdown is lifted” she said. “It can be hard to get motivated, but anyone can do it.”


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    1. @neil-davey I am always amazed by the amount of young traditional signwriters getting involved these days, which is great! as it is becoming more and more popular. Not so long ago, I remember many on these forums stating how fast a dying art it was, but it doesn’t appear that way now. You will know Damian McLaughlin, Neil? I was chatting with him and his son just before lockdown and I was amazed that his 17-year-old son was not only running a Mimaki printer and fitting vinyls, he has also been traditional signwriting with his dad for years.