In our digital age, the power of objects crafted by hand is more compelling than ever. If traditional media has recently become newly popular in the graphic arts, the ancient artisanal practice of sign painting, at one time nearly extinct, also seems to be making something of a comeback. Sign Painters, a documentary film and book by Faythe Levine and Sam Macon, takes a look at the work and practices of more than two dozen American sign painters. The film’s website lists upcoming screenings and sign painter sites, examples from which I’ve posted below, along with the trailer for the movie.

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