Sarah Jarman is a full time apprentice training in traditional sign writing with Phil Anderson Signs in County Durham. QEST funding has allowed Sarah the time needed to learn the multitude of skills involved in this craft, including hand lettering, lining, coach painting and gold leaf on glass. Without QEST funding Sarah wouldn’t have been able to take up this opportunity to train with a master craftsperson, the only training route now available in this area of work. Sarah is aiming to help fill a skills gap in the North East, and is using pictorial painting skills built up over years as a hobby painter, to complement traditional sign writing and coach painting in her work.
So far this year Sarah has worked with Phil on heritage vehicle repaints including a 1947 Albion furniture lorry, a 1909 railway carriage built for the Duke of Sutherland and 1907 Sheffield tram 264. Sarah has also been able to put skills learnt into practise on jobs such as honours boards, business signs, decorative fairground work and murals.
Sarah will continue to develop skills throughout the year, with the tram repaint project involving crest painting and lining, and gold leaf and wood graining still to carry out on the carriage. Sarah aims to work independently as a sign painter whilst continuing to develop coach painting skills with Phil.