Sunday, February 5, 2012

Fancy Tiger Crafts

Fancy Tiger Crafts recently moved into the old Woolworth's building on Broadway, which they carefully restored. They were looking for an "old-time sign guy" to letter their walls, and presented me with a nice layout of text to paint for them. I made a few modifications to their design, and then made paper patterns according to their specifications so I could pounce them onto the walls.

I spent a couple of days down in Denver lettering while they were in the process of setting up their new shop.

Fancy Tiger installed a really neat antique farmer's windmill as a ceiling fan, so we pulled the galvanized grays from that for the colors on the lettering.

I lettered three areas of the store for them: the Yarn department, the Spinning department, and the Fabric department. 

I used a spinning wheel motif for the rovings and spinning area of the shop.

The scrollwork in the fabric area is similar to the styling on the antique Singer sewing machines.

I added some drybrush details to the decorations. I love old-fashioned lettering like this.

To see more of Fancy Tiger's new space, you can read their blog post about their new home.

1 comment:

  1. Hi I stumbled across your website and I have to say, that is some very good sign writing your doing there.

    You probably know this book, but just in-case you don't and as you like old Victorian styled lettering. "The Art & Craft of Sign Writing" by William Sutherland. Published in London
    ISBN 10 1850070881

    The book is a 1980's reprint of an old 1890's set of Sign Writing Journals. The plates of letter styles are in colour and the book is also an interesting read on old setting out methods and old materials used, most of which were made from raw ingredients on the job.

    Digging the hats too, keep up the great work your passion shines in your work!

    Best wishes