Left to right. James in front of a hand painted canvas for Purdey of Mayfair. The Neal's Yard Dairy hanging cheese at our workshop. Vic signwriting the old scoreboard at the Oval. Ornate wrought iron bracket and hanging sign made for the Messum Gallery in Duke Street St. James's.
An aluminium post & panel sign with printed map, fixed at Surrey Square Park for Southwark Council in August 2013
City of London map on toughened glass panel and fixed to the reception wall at Equitable House, Monument. For Samac Construction.
Freestanding, aluminium, post & panel sign. Fixed at East Grinstead House for Samac Construction
The Traditional Signwriting & Signmaking Company is based near central London and offers a professional, honest and friendly service at a reasonable price. This is a small family business established in 1994 by James Colli, a traditional signwriter and signmaker. All jobs are made to order to the customers requirements with most of the work done "in-house" not contracted out to other companies. You will find it a refreshing experience to deal directly with the person who is actually doing the job and who understands how the job should be done.
The word traditional applies to not just the work that we do but the also to way we run the business. Very much based on the traditional "sign shops" of old that were once commonplace but are now sadly almost extinct. We can provide our customers with a complete service from sign design and planning permission, to manufacture and installation of all kinds of signs and displays. Our growing list of clients and countless recommendations are testimony to the quality of work that we produce. In this website you will be able to find out exactly what we do, how we do it, what we've done in the past and what we are working on at the moment. You can also find details of how to contact us for a free quotation and friendly advice on how we can help to advertise your business.
Signwriting on the old scoeboard at the Oval Cricket Ground
"By using traditional skills balanced by modern techniques we have been able to steadily expand our business over the past 18 years. The industry has changed dramatically during this time and technology is moving it forward faster than ever before. In recent years we have seen the demise of many traditional signwriting shops in England. Determined not to make the same mistakes we have welcomed new technology and have embraced it rather than run from it. We have learnt new techniques and are able to use them alongside our traditional skills to the benefit of our customers. We were fortunate to learn our trade from superb craftsmen and this gives us a huge advantage over new companies that can only work with computers. It has enabled us and a few other traditional companies to help keep this wonderful trade alive and with the use of apprenticeships, pass on these rare skills to the next generation."
James Colli Signwriting