Esther North AKA Sylvie Signs standing in front of her workshop, smiling.

Sylvie Signs

Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire

Hi, I'm Esther and I love to paint. Using traditional signwriting and gilding techniques, I create modern heirlooms to cherish for generations. My house signs, wedding signs and wall art explore light and texture through bold typographic designs and the warm glow of gold leaf. Quality and heritage are at the centre of everything I produce: it’s my mission to paint lines so clean and beautiful they soothe your soul. Let me paint you something truly unique.

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Meet Esther

I first picked up a signwriting brush and mahl stick in 2013, but it wasn't until I had children and was looking for a career change that I decided to turn pro. Since then, I’ve benefited from tuition from master signwriters, self-directed research and weeks, months, years of gruelling practice in my little workshop in my garden. The process and tradition of the craft of signwriting is central to my work: all my letter forms are hand drawn and I do not use tape or stencils. I love the tension between the character of hand painted forms and the precision of highly practised craft. A lot of my work features directionally burnished gold: a technique in which gold leaf is burnished to create depth and fool the eye. It changes with the light and position of the viewer and creates movement and warmth. The signs I paint celebrate and commemorate life's most beautiful moments.

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  • Female Founded Business
Sylvie Signs AKA Esther North sat at the workbench in her workshop, surrounded with gilding and signwriting paraphernalia.


48 Waterloo Road

Leighton Buzzard


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