This year’s edition of Letterheads has been confirmed to take place between September 29 and October 1. It will be hosted by Anne McDonald of Signs of Art and located at Sign Foundry’s Christchurch branch.

Letterheads are a group of sign makers and decorative artists dedicated to passing down traditional sign-making skills. 

The first New Zealand Letterheads Meet took place in 1998, and since then, all professionals have met for hand lettering events and to exchange lost “tricks of the trade” and accumulated skills.

This year’s event, hosted by Anne McDonald of Signs of Art, will feature a series of workshops and demonstrations in the workshop format with industry experts such as Dean Evenson, Clinton Potter, Alan Clarke, Alex Burnett, Louisa Jessop and Ross Probert.

Experts will be on hand to show both apprentices and those experienced in the industry “How to” with a variety of different old-school techniques on show.

Friday, Letterheads will learn several techniques, including gilding on glass, essential brush and beginners layout skills, Oamaru stone carving, gold foam carving, faux finishing, airbrushing, pinstriping and traditional chalkboards.

On Saturday, all attendees will be encouraged to concentrate on a project that utilises the skills learned on Friday and participate in a large community project mural.

The organisers planned a party at the Addington Coffee Co-Op on Saturday night with a fully catered meal, drinks and live music from The Late Starters.

On Sunday, Letterheads will continue with their projects until 3 pm.

Numbers are limited due to our small venue, so Letterheads are encouraging early registrations online at

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