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Letterheads head to Toyko and Porto

The international Letterheads movement is coming to Tokyo for the first time this year at the Ikejiri Institute of Design and Porto in Portugal, at the city’s design school.

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Letterheads 2018 at Bargehouse, OXO Tower Wharf in London

By nurturing the next generation of sign and lettering artisans through informal opportunities to learn and network, the Letterheads movement aims to keep the art alive.

Following the success of the group’s event in London last year, they are picking up their paintbrushes and heading abroad to Tokyo between April 11th and 14th, which will be the first time such an event has run in Asia.

Organisers hope the Tokyo event will bring together the biggest range of sign-writers from across the world to paint together. A dedicated beginner’s area with Mike Meyer and Shinya Nakahara will also offer the chance for novices to have a go and learn from more experienced sign-painters.

... the Tokyo event will provide a free opportunity for the public to view the sign and lettering work come together in real-time

Whilst the events are normally closed to non-ticket holders, the Tokyo event will provide a free opportunity for the public to view the sign and lettering work come together in real-time, with over 150 guests from over 20 countries and five continents.

Participants of the Letterheads Tokyo meet have been invited to paint a paper sign ahead of the event, centred around the theme ‘a school meal I remember’ that will be exhibited at the entrance to the event and hopefully showcase a difference in style, food and cultures.

A little closer to home, Letterheads Porto will be a first for Portugal. Taking place between August 1st to 4th, the event will see a range of panel jams, workshops, screenings and demonstrations for attendees and sign-writing enthusiasts.

The founding Letterheads was formed of a small group of sign-painting apprentices in Denver, Colorado in 1975. Since then, the movement has grown and is now spread across the world to Canada, Europe, New Zealand and Australia.

Both upcoming events are run entirely by volunteers on a not-for-profit basis.

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