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Signs by Umberto

Sign Maker.

Huddersfield, West Yorkshire


gilding, etching, sign maker


£250 — £50000


At Signs by Umberto, Umberto designs and makes signs of all descriptions, using traditional sign writing techniques.

With a specialism in reverse glass gilding, Umberto makes signs out of glass by gilding and painting a design onto the reverse of the glass using techniques that date back to the Victorian era.
Techniques such as water gilding, oil gilding and acid etching are applied to typographic design onto glass.


Wilson's Republic.

20 Feb 2020
Signs by Umberto were invited by the creative network Wilson's Republic to deliver a lecture on the theme of Beginnings underpinned by studio output. Umberto delivered a lecture on the development of his business and craft alongside studio.build.

York Design Week.

25 Oct 2019
Signs by Umberto was asked to deliver a lecture on his craft of reverse glass gilding alongside Dixon Baxi for the inaugural York Design Week held at York St John University.

The Good Life Experience.

13 Sep 2019
The Good Life Experience Festival invited Signs by Umberto to deliver a three day workshop on lettering and traditional sign writing techniques. The general public subscribed to the workshops which lasted two hours each for ten people per session.

Available for commissions




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