Rachel E Millar is a signwriter (or signpainter), gilder and lettering artist based in Glasgow, Scotland. She specialises in designing and painting lettering by hand – large or small, interior or exterior, on shop fronts, on walls and almost any other surface. She works somewhere between design, art and craft, fusing traditional techniques with contemporary design.
As well as commercial commissions, she also works on her own artwork and collaborations with a range of other creatives. Her own work experiments with colour and perspective and has been exhibited in the UK and the USA. Original paintings and prints can be purchased here.
Rachel has taught at educational institutions such as the Glasgow School of Art, Edinburgh College of Art and Glasgow Clyde College and hosted a range of workshops. She has spoken at events in Scotland about her work and enjoys talking about contemporary signwriting to a broad range of audiences. Get in touch if you'd like to discuss any workshops or talks.
Rachel studied graphic design at Edinburgh College of Art, graduating in 2016. During her BA degree she had the opportunity to study at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, USA. It was here she was taught the foundations of hand lettering and calligraphy during an intensive semester-long course. With this knowledge she returned to Edinburgh and pursued signwriting.
She started her own business in 2017 after an informal apprenticeship with Ciaran Globël of Globël Signs. She currently has a studio space in Mount Florida Gallery & Studios in the south side of Glasgow.
Visit the CONTACT page for commission enquiries.
The Previnylettes' Suffragette Centennial – Portland, OR, USA, 2020
Tactile Mk. 3 curated by Hana Sunny Whaler and Jake Tyler – London, 2019
'Yardworks Festival' – SWG3 Warehouse, Glasgow, 2019
'Sign Up!', New Brewery Arts – Cirenchester, 2019
The Grand Exhibition of the Pre-Vinylite Society: An 18th Century Revival – London, 2018
'Make Waves': A collaborative exhibition with Karina Duncan, Glasgow, 2018
'Still Good Type' – CassArt, Glasgow, 2017
'The Pre-Vinylettes: An International Showcase of Women Sign Painters' – Chicago, IL, United States, 2017
'Pissed Modernism' – Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh, 2017
'Work in Progress II' – Summerhall, Edinburgh, 2017
'Good Type' – The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow, 2016
BBC Scotland/Arts Feature, watch on iPlayer here – 2021
Official 'People of Print' Member – 2021
Scots Magazine spotlight feature – 2020
'We Are Makers' Issue 1 feature – 2020
V&A Dundee interview – 2020
'People MAKE Glasgow' front cover feature – 2020 (buy it here)
Adobe Europe 'Live from the Sofa' interview (watch back here) – 2020
Glasgow Times article feat. Live Signwriting work for Innis & Gunn – 2020
Feature in 'Aye Mag Vol. 2' – 2020
Guest on 'Drunk on Lettering' Podcast, Hosted by Pandr Design Co. – 2019 (listen here)
Dickies Workwear featured 'Meet the Maker', 2019
Delicate Rebellion Interview, – 2019
Featured on 'Our 10 Favourite Scottish Creatives' by Shillington Design Blog – 2019
Tens Interview – 2019
Featured on '10 of the Best Independent Creatives in Scotland' – MadeBrave, 2019
Stylist Magazine 'Fearless' print feature – 2018
Lettering Daily Interview– 2018
The Skinny, Graphic Design and Illustration Graduates from ECA – 2016