Meg is a traditional signwriter and decorative artist living and working in Wolverhampton. She is based at Dimmingsdale Wharf on the Staffs and Worcester Canal, where most of her boat signwriting work is now carried out.
Meg started her career as a general signwriter after completing a degree in Historic Decorative Craft at Lincoln College of Art in 1999. She formed ‘Scribe Signwriting’ soon afterwards and enjoyed several years painting pub signs, murals, lorries, shops and boats. Having lived on a boat since college days, she became interested in the ‘folk art’ particular to working boats and the inland waterways.
In 2007, this led to Meg taking up an apprenticeship for boat signwriting and decoration with Phil Speight at ‘Craftmaster Services’, a well renowned boat painting company in Stourbridge, West Midlands. Since completing her apprenticeship in 2009, she returned to running her own business full time in 2010.
Meg is also the main signwriter for 'Traditional Painting Services' run by John Sanderson, produces all the cover artwork for 'Pearson's Canal Companions' and enjoys a mad, mad mix of other projects from fairground lorries and ice cream vans to steam engines and gravestones! Meg mainly works on individual projects but occasionally teams up with Phil for larger jobs, and also with Sarah Fereday, a fellow painter and decorative artist for one off projects and workshops. In 2013 Tom Downing became a keen and able 'ad hoc' apprentice and often helps with jobs, learning signwriting and decorative painting along the way!
In addition to Phil, Sarah and Tom, Meg is part of a strong network of friends throughout the country who all specialize in different areas of historic crafts: gilding and picture frame conservation, polished plasterwork and friezes, wood carving and decorative paint finishes to name a few. It is important to us all to stop our skills being seen as ‘a dying art’ and hope that by supporting each other, traditional crafts will thrive and survive. We welcome all enquiries and will do our best to recommend the most suited craftsman (or team) for the job.