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Nick Garrett

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NEVER MIND THE POLLOCKS… WHERE’S THE REVIVAL OF SIGNWRITING?

August 16, 2014

nickgarrett:

Signwriting driven onto the buffers…

Originally posted on Nick Garrett Traditional Signwriting & Glass Gilding:

THE STATE OF PLOY – REVIVAL OF SIGNWRITING?
 
There’s plenty of work for everyone in London so they chide with not the slightest conviction – the difference though is new, fairly inexperienced writers namely (signwriting)Jack Hollands and Matt Odrobny are ripping down the value of signwriting and working for 30-40% below the skills range of wages senior signwriters like myself have worked hard to establish.
 
Therein lies a total ass biting lack of respect for the heritage of the craft.
 
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That de-values the art of the writer and the correct money established artists with families need to earn. In the medium term they will knock their nuts off for the wrong money look around and re-ramp their prices. They will want to expand and grow – they will need to cost these specialist works properly.
 
This shortsighted short term hit is the new virus…

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No 7 Temple

August 9, 2014

nickgarrett:

For great food and uber cool vibe…

Originally posted on Ladies Who Lunch in Surrey:

The newest addition to the Weybridge dining scene, No 7 Temple bills itself as ‘Indian Gastronomy.’ We decided to treat my father in law to his favourite cuisine for our last meal together.

No 7 Temple Weybridge exterior

Opened in late June, No 7 Temple has brought a new style of Indian to Weybridge – refined Indian food with contemporary surroundings.

No 7 Temple Weybridge interior

They’ve done a superb job with the interior. The tones are a very current grey. The furniture and accents are smart and elegant.

It’s a large space and there’s plenty of room between tables.

No 7 Temple Weybridge side interior

The evening was very busy as locals acquaint themselves with the new restaurant on the scene.

Our visit started alongside casual diners and families, by the time we left was mostly stylish couples and groups of friends.

No 7 Temple Weybridge back interior

The menu features interesting sounding dishes like railway lamb tava and gunpowder chicken curry, along with the regular favourites.

Pricing is simple. There…

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Watercolour and Painting Classes at The Lovely Gallery Sydenham London

August 8, 2014

nickgarrett:

Painting Classes London

Originally posted on Fine Art Painter Nicholas John Garrett:

>>> NEXT CLASS 09 August 2014 – Watercolour class TLG <<< 

>>> COMING UP 16 August PAINTING CLASS

In conversation with Anna Lovely – The love of painting

ANNA BY EASEL

I have just had the pleasure of making a workshop with Anna Lovely at her new gallery in Sydenham and have to say am really excited about her new watercolour classes about to start this month.

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Anne does a lot of her work in a sprawling studio space at her new gallery in Sydenham, and the whole place is full of visually stunning pieces of art work.
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But her watercolours for me tell a story in a fresh delicate way, an immediacy and vitality that often oils cannot capture.
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”I love watercolours… they are so lively” She starts.
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At a glance I can see she has 3 on the go, a couple of scintillating still lifes and a narrative piece.

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Vinyl lettering!? Are you serious?? Why vinyl is now so toxic and so last century.

August 5, 2014

nickgarrett:

Vinyl says it all about your company – better think again and say it properly with signwriting.

Originally posted on Nick Garrett Traditional Signwriting & Glass Gilding:

For one signwriting is art – even bad signwriting.  Vinyl is simply low cost rubbish so don’t do it save for opening times.

A peeling

Here is an email just in, asking me to sort this vinyl shit out.  It’s titled ”Peely Sign” 04 08 14

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Hi there
Can you give me a quote to paint the sign at the front of my house please? See attached photo. We have recently had the gates and sign painted but the decorator has not done a great job with the actual lettering and as you can see it is peeling off after a week…
Thank you
WendySent from my iPad
Begin forwarded message:
From: martin d
Date: 4 August 2014 13:29:18 BST
To: Wendy L
Subject:Peely sign
Looks a bit shit, eh?

A peeling 2

Thanks,Martin D

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Real signwriting is the real answer

Here’s the shortlist as to why…

  • Signwriting is art
  • Signwriting is…

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Vinyl lettering!? Are you serious?? Why vinyl is now so toxic and so last century.

August 4, 2014

Originally posted on Nick Garrett Traditional Signwriting & Glass Gilding:

For one signwriting is art – even bad signwriting.  Vinyl is simply low cost rubbish so don’t do it save for opening times.

A peeling

Here is an email just in, asking me to sort this vinyl shit out.  It’s titled ”Peely Sign” 04 08 14

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Hi there
Can you give me a quote to paint the sign at the front of my house please? See attached photo. We have recently had the gates and sign painted but the decorator has not done a great job with the actual lettering and as you can see it is peeling off after a week…
Thank you
WendySent from my iPad
Begin forwarded message:
From: martin d
Date: 4 August 2014 13:29:18 BST
To: Wendy L
Subject:Peely sign
Looks a bit shit, eh?

A peeling 2

Thanks,Martin D

…………………………………………………………

Real signwriting is the real answer

Here’s the shortlist as to why…

  • Signwriting is art
  • Signwriting is…

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The beauty of the naked letter

July 31, 2014

Originally posted on Nick Garrett Traditional Signwriting & Glass Gilding:

Today hand made lettering is finally being recognised as art in it’s own right.

For me this is no breaking news as I have always painted letters rather like I do portraits… as I see them they are individual characters.

The mark of a great letter is fairly complex on the one side and in some cases the very opposite of that in it’s immediacy and simple first impression ‘hit’.

A letter must be alive.

It shouldn’t rely on over dressing.

It requires love, desire and dedication. All the good things.

I paint mine but it doesn’t matter at all how they are created. As longs as they are crafted from the heart.

Lettering detail D Original Features Hornsey London NGS signwriters

Nick Garrett

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Solar flare nearly destroyed Earth 2 years ago: NASA

July 25, 2014

Solar flare nearly destroyed Earth 2 years ago: NASA

 

Freak a Geek moment or what!!!

Two years ago we were all going about our daily business blissfully unaware that our planet almost plunged into global catastrophe.

A recent revelation by NASA explains how on July 23, 2012 Earth had a near miss with a solar flare, or Coronal Mass Ejection (CME), from the most powerful solar storm on the sun in over 150 years, but nobody decided to mention it.

Err, what? Well that’s a sobering bit of news.

“If it had hit, we would still be picking up the pieces,” says Daniel Baker of the University of Colorado.

We managed to just avoid the event through lucky timing as the sun’s aim narrowly turned away from Earth. Had it occurred a week earlier when it WAS pointing at us the result could have been frighteningly different.

“I have come away from our recent studies more convinced than ever that Earth and its inhabitants were incredibly fortunate that the 2012 eruption happened when it did,” says Baker. “If the eruption had occurred only one week earlier, Earth would have been in the line of fire.

The power of this ejection would have raced across space to knock us back to the dark ages. It’s believed a direct CME hit would have the potential to wipe out communication networks, GPS, and electrical grids to cause widespread blackout. The article goes on to say it would disable “everything that plugs into a wall socket. Most people wouldn’t even be able to flush their toilet because urban water supplies largely rely on electric pumps.”

Just ten minutes without electricity, internet or communication across the globe is a scary thought and the effects of this event could last years. It would be chaos and disaster on an epic scale.

“According to a study by the National Academy of Sciences, the total economic impact could exceed $2 trillion or 20 times greater than the costs of a Hurricane Katrina. Multi-ton transformers damaged by such a storm might take years to repair.”

So can all breathe a worldwide sigh of relief? Well, not quite. Physicist Pete Riley, who published a paper entitled “On the probability of occurrence of extreme space weather events” has calculated the odds of a solar storm strong enough to disrupt our lives in the next ten years is 12 per cent.

“Initially, I was quite surprised that the odds were so high, but the statistics appear to be correct,” says Riley. “It is a sobering figure.”

However, the CME that almost battered us was a bit of a freak occurrence as it was actually two ejections within 10 minutes of each other, plus a previous CME had happened four days earlier to effectively clear the path.

Sleep well, everyone
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