A Lost Skill. skida aged 20

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skida on March 15, 2008

My first ever "commission". 1976

MaryAlice on March 15, 2008

This is so totally cool! I'm very impressed! Thank you for sharing this with me. No wonder you were so attracted to the photo.


Mary Alice

skida on March 15, 2008

I used to be a glass decorator (another lost art) and had to learn how to draw up the lettering to etch, sandblast, paint or gild on to the glass (in reverse!). My brother-in-law was opening a shop and asked me if I could do a sign for him.

Doing a sign in-situ meant a steep learning curve and I found myself discovering the "tricks of the trade" as I went along with the job.

The shop was in an arcade (now demolished) and I was approached by other shopkeepers when they saw me at work. My next commission was the shop next door and then the one next to that.

C.Vazquez on March 26, 2008

Great you uploaded this one :) I find your story really interesting: do you still keep doing this kind of job?? (of course you don´t have to answer ;) )

Greetings, Crystal.

skida on March 27, 2008

Unfortunately, Crystal, I no longer do this. I am now a bus driver!

Malvinder Sahi on March 29, 2008

cool! look very professional and seem to be good at your job. nice photo!

skida on March 29, 2008

Thanks for visiting Malvinder. It is 30 years since I did this type of work.

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  • Uploaded on March 15, 2008
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    by skida