Signs by Umberto
About Signs by Umberto
Robert Walker the owner of Signs by Umberto is a sign-writer as well as an educator, specialising in reverse glass sign making based in Huddersfield,West Yorkshire, UK with workshop premises in Mossley, Ashton Under Lynne. The business name derives from a name given to Robert at a young age by his father. Robert has four brothers in total and their dad has a name for each of his sons that has links to films. Robert began sign writing in 1991 at the age of 14, working with a sign writer from Bradford in West Yorkshire, to paint large wall pieces for the Eureka children's museum in Halifax, West Yorkshire. Robert quickly fell in love with typography and painting at a similar time and soon began to study art and design before eventually he began to teach typography on design courses across Yorkshire after completing a Master's Degree in International Graphic Design Practice as well as a Post Graduate Certificate in Lifelong Education.
Signs by Umberto specialise in hand crafted sign making known as Verre Églomisé, a process of applying both a design and gilding onto the rear face of glass as well as hand painted sign writing. Hand drawn typographic designs are used as a guide in making reverse glass signs incorporating the placement of loose gold leaf onto a gilders cushion, the transfer of gold from cushion to glass, handling the gilders tip, using the gilders knife, the application of oil size – [oil gilding], the application of water size – [water gilding], the application of mother of pearl, using enamel paint with a brush and mahl stick, acid etching, sand blasting, glue chipping among others.