Jade Francesca Blackler

2019 QEST Scholar - Sign Painting & Gilding

Jade Francesca has specialised in signwriting for the last ten years. As there are no official vocational courses offered in the traditional craft of signwriting, she is largely self-taught, and produces hand-painted, reverse-glass and gilded signs for personal and commercial use in her home county of Cornwall.

With support of a QEST Scholarship Jade will undertake a 5 day intensive course in traditional sign writing techniques at Carters Steam Fair in Maidenhead, 5 days of one to one tuition with gold leaf specialist Richard Walker in Hampshire and a 4 day advanced course in the traditional Victorian methods of reverse glass sign painting with David A. Smith in Devon.

My aim is to open my own studio and set up a business offering high quality signwriting, gilding, murals and reverse glass sign painting services, creating new, bespoke works as well as conserving and restoring vintage pieces. I also hope to lead gilding and sign writing workshops, sharing these techniques with others and supporting the regeneration of the craft.

My aim is to open my own studio and set up a business offering high quality signwriting, gilding, murals and reverse glass sign painting services, creating new, bespoke works as well as conserving and restoring vintage pieces. I also hope to lead gilding and sign writing workshops, sharing these techniques with others and supporting the regeneration of the craft.