We see them almost every day without a second thought. Weathered by time, distinct characteristics shining through, hand-painted signs are a product of a fascinating 150 year-old history. What was once a common job has now become a highly specialized underground trade, a unique craft struggling with technological advances. Sign Painters, directed by Faythe Levine & Sam Macon, stylistically explores this unacknowledged art form through anecdotal accounts from artists across the country, from the old guard to the up-and-comers. Sign Painters celebrates those keeping the tradition intact with a bespoke approach and appreciation for a balance between art and information.
About the Directors
Faythe Levine is an artist, photographer, flimmaker, and curator based in Milwaukee,
Wisconsin. She is the founder of Art vs. Craft and curates Sky High Gallery.
Levine’s first film and book, Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft, and
Design was published by Princeton Architectural Press.
is a Milwaukee
born, Chicago based filmmaker, photographer, and writer. He received his BFA
in film from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and directs music videos,
commercials, short films, and documentaries.