It’s been a while since the last post on this blog, but we thought it was about time for another update. After Clover Signs closed their East London Workshop in 2010, we’ve been busy here at Danthonia Designs, in Inverell, New South Wales, fielding enquiries from old and new Clover customers. Since this blog continues to be a popular resource for the dimensional sign community, we plan to continue keeping you posted periodically on what’s coming through our workshop.
Our Slightly Art Noveau Shop Sign
And for those who have a streak of designer in them, here’s another item of interest – our relatively new Sign Designer tool. It’s not hard to design a very classy-looking sign on it, and of course, anything you dream up can potentially be carved, sculpted and painted into an actual, bona fide dimensional sign.
By way of example, a primary school in the village of Weissenborn, Germany, recently designed and purchased sign to their liking.
Here’s how it looked on the Sign Designer:
(Translation: State Primary School in the Mill Valley)
Our standard artwork of three “Tannenbäume” was perfect for Thuringia – an area known for its forests – but a few items were still missing. Being “am Mühltal” (In the mill valley), the customer requested that we add a millstream and a deer, and – most importantly, a wooden ladder. But why a ladder on a school sign? We learned that the village of Weissenborn is known across Germany for its many ladder-makers. At one time, there were more than thirty of them, but even today seven or eight firms continue to produce high-quality hand-made wooden ladders.
We sent them a design proof to their liking:
Yes, our client speaks english
Then, it was into production:
The sign being carved (the yellow material is a mask that protects the sign during production)
After the mask was peeled, the finished sign
The Grundschule was so pleased, they even requested the design as an image to be used for a logo. Very different to the official crests and Latin slogans used by most schools here in Australia!