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Solmate brushes with tradition.

Friendly and talented Wez has been putting the finishing touches to Solmate. Narrowboat sign writing, also known as canal boat sign painting, is a traditional form of decorative art that has been practiced in England since the 18th century. It involves the use of paint and brush to adorn the exterior of narrowboats with intricate designs and lettering.

Practical purpose

During the Industrial Revolution, canals became an important mode of transportation for goods across the country. Narrowboats were used to transport coal, timber, and other raw materials, and they were often decorated to distinguish one boat from another. The designs on these boats were not only aesthetically pleasing, but they also served a practical purpose. They could identify the owner of the boat and the type of cargo it carried, as well as where it was heading.

In the early days of narrowboat sign writing, the designs were simple and limited to a few basic colours. However, as the art form evolved, the designs became more complex and ornate, incorporating elements of Victorian and Edwardian design.

Gold leafing 

The sign writers who created these intricate designs were highly skilled craftsmen. They used a variety of techniques, including gold leafing and freehand lettering, to create their designs. The boats were often painted in bright colours and adorned with flowers, birds, and other decorative elements.

In the early 20th century, with the rise of the motor vehicle, the use of narrowboats for transportation declined. However, the tradition of narrowboat sign writing continued, and today it is considered an important part of England’s cultural heritage.

In recent years, there has been a renewed interest in narrowboat sign writing, and many sign writers are once again practicing this traditional art form. Some boats are even being commissioned to have their exteriors decorated with these beautiful designs.

Art form

Narrowboat sign writing is a unique and beautiful art form that celebrates the history and culture of England’s canals. It is a testament to the skill and creativity of the craftsmen who created these intricate designs, and it serves as a reminder of the important role that narrowboats played in the country’s industrial past.

The Solmate design has broken from tradition a little but if you like puns and have a solar electric boat and enjoy a particular beer you can call it more of a evolution. Cheers Wez!

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