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By Eye By Hand By Heart – always 

Nick Garrett signwriting the traditional way – The Ice Cream Cab

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History in the making!

The first distressed painted furniture in UK came out of a garage in Brixton… my garage… and launched it 1986. Painted Country – by Tricia Guild CEO of Designers Guild was the publication I filled to the brim with Bright Distresses… and filled their flagship Kings Road store to the brim for 15 years too!

But the layered crackled and peeled distress I discovered came about by fluke and failure. Thanks to being given the wrong methodology by the guys at Keep’s and Bollom’s I had the perfect foil for creative innovation!

Couple that with a moment of madness when Designer’s Guild man Colin Bisset pulled out that very reject batch of samples declaring ”I love it!!” and the die was cast. A decade and a half of distressing collaboration followed with DG and CEO Tricia Guild taught me how to do the magic with colour.

From there my expectation has always been… if it’s successful it sells – I have to make it succeed and apply that simple principle to your project like it’s mine.

Legendary signwriters NGS of London

But I have had to constantly battle inner doubt.  Don’t we all? In truth no… but for me it has been a huge mountain to climb and stay atop.

My dad always slagged me off for being a sloppy painter (that’s where the doubt came in) … so there I was in Designers Guild mode, smashing up the surface, crackling it till it hung off, then nibbled at the peels until the floor was strewn with shards of multi colour paint debris… and the piece looked killer stunning. Clients: Robert Plant, George Michael, the late great Steve Clarke…http://www.musiceffect.com/cemetery/steve_clark/

Now I can cut a line just how we like it or chop up some historic distress just how some hate it… but those with uber cool love the thing – Retro.



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Oxford Arms Camden

2013-09-30 13.42.37 Avalon ornate

Be at one logo finished

NGS Retro signwriting for Be At One London

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ABOVE: Original Edward Johnston signwriting? We thinks so… under restoration by Nick Garrett NGS London

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Old post office retro sign NGS

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London signs NGS hand painted


 Retro distressed


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