Wednesday, May 6, 2015

News: Signs Express artistic side

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Signs Express (Sheffield) has recently completed one of its most challenging projects to date, perfectly recreating a piece of artwork across the window frontage of the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield.


In 2004, Steve and Carol Morris opened their fully equipped sign making centre in Rotherham, since then, they have expanded their territory to include all of Sheffield. Based at Templeborough, Signs Express pride themselves on their expertise and innovative solutions to help businesses come up with perfect signage solutions, tailored specifically to their requirements.

After working with Sheffield Art Galleries for a number of years, the sign making team worked with renowned artist Florence Blanchard to recreate her latest "Particles" piece, scaled across the high profile entrance.

Taken from a painted art piece, the design needed to be completely vectored in to its own individual sections as it was imperative a variety of textures and effects were used across the window, creating a dynamic and engaging finish. A variety of vinyl's were used from translucent, solid coloured, fluorescents and double sided gold vinyl; with each section offering an insight into the depth of colour and texture, helping to recreate the overall effect of the piece.

Steve Morris, centre owner at Signs Express (Sheffield), said: "By spending the extra time in vectorising the entire piece, we were able to split each individual section to use the wide variety of vinyl's and help the artist perfectly recreate their design on a large scale. Using a mixture of solid colours and translucent vinyl, along with other specialist products, provides a wonderful reflection from the inside of the building as well as a striking design from the outside.

"The project was particularly complicated because we couldn't put any colour section on at one time because they were far too large. We had to create numerous registration marks to build up a background framework into which we could then insert and build up the colours – always moving in the same direction away from the origin. We're really proud to have been involved."

Artist Florence Blanchard, added: "It is the first time I have worked with vinyl and I am really happy with it. A big thank you to everyone involved at Millennium gallery and Signs Express (Sheffield) for making it happen."

Signs Express website

Images: Signs Express / Andy Brown

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