Snake Oil Productions,
professional variety entertainment and other modern conveniences.
proprietress, designer, performer, producer, makeup artist,
stitcher, props-fabricator, illustrator
HAND-PAINTED BANNERS and SIGNS
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vendors and collectors have gravitated towards hand-created signage
instead of machine-printed advertising materials. Below and
the next example page, you you see some of the creations that
Lauren Muney has done for many types of clientele.
To see a banner in all
stages of work, please visit the
In the technological world of the 21st century,
performances, performers, and craftspeople desire a way to set themselves apart from the
rest of the crowd. A staple of of vaudeville, sideshow
presentations, and period vendors, these custom-designed, handpainted banners harken back to the days of troubadours
and the wonderment of unusual entertainments. These banners take those marquee artworks to
a level of affordability and custom design for modern use.
BELOW: Boston-based magician/variety entertainer
Peter Gross's banner. Size: 3'x4', 'scroll' format
with removable dowels, small finials on the ends of the dowels. The colors in the
lettering (just in the name alone) feature up to four colors, not including the
Banners can be painted to hang on poles in
roll-up scroll fashion, with grommets for nailing onto walls, on stretched canvas for
framing, on wood as a plaque, on trunks for performance or display, on canvas board as a
sign, or almost any other surface which takes paint.
experience and training as
an illustrator supports her interest in vaudeville banners. She has a degree in
Illustration from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and has been painting signs and
banners for approximately 8 years. Her experience as a performer guides her knowledge of
what is required for each production need. She consults with each client for the format,
size, and requirements of each banner. She created several designs for initial approval;
sometimes the client already has a logo or artwork to incorporate into the new work.
The creation process begins with a
vector-based drawing program in Lauren's computer. After initial design approval, Lauren
will revise the design (by fax or email) until the final design is heartily accepted by the client.
LEFT and ABOVE: Banner and sign made for
variety entertainer Michael Rosman. Size:
2-1/2' x 5', 'scroll' format, attached poles. He uses it at his Renaissance
Festivals bookings, as his plastic "corporate" banner does not work in all
settings. Painted in 2000.
approx. 6"x6", and is hung on a performance tight wire 3' over the audience's
heads. (Tight wire height from ground is approx. 9').
The designs can take on almost any format, on
many types of materials. The medium will mostly be enamel or acrylic paints, and the
structure of the finished piece will formulate the design.
Any request for
hand-creations can be considered, including:
-- variety performers
-- sutlers (period vendors)
-- magic, sideshow, and/or circus styling
-- small backdrops
LEFT: A portrait of the artist as a
woman with car.
Shown here is a tire cover from the
artist's own car. This tire cover shows a Mona Lisa holding a small fire-torch, alluding
to two of Lauren's performances, fire-eating and the
Tableaux Al Fresco walking
This small bit of advertising is very eye-catching - passersby have been heard to comment
of its striking look and imaginative touch.
of the design by the client, the materials are prepared.
Depending on the banner size, preparation can take from 30 minutes to 4 hours, and the
design is transferred to the final material. Painting can take anywhere from 3 hours
hours, depending on size and detail.
To see a banner being
painted, see the
page, which shows step-by-step.
The artist's own performance sign used
for several weeks. Dating from approximately 1997. Although the colors are quite muted in
this picture, note the clear readability of each aspect. Size: 16" x 20".
Finishing the project depends on the client's
requirements. "Scrolled" banners (canvas banners on wooden poles or dowels) can
have additions of finials at each wooden end. Decorative ropes can be added by Lauren or
by the client. The canvas can be permanently attached to the poles or the poles can be
removable. All custom painting will be sealed with an enamel or acrylic sealer which
protects the surface for many years under careful attention.
variety duo act's
performance trunk. It is designed to be read when open. (It is upside down when closed).
Although the colors in these photographs are rather dull, the true colors are bright
gold-orange letter tops and bright real letter bottoms. The trunk has extra black enamel
paint, and is extra-sealed with enamel. This trunk was painted in 1996 and only needs to
be cleaned with a damp cloth.
Left: Hand-carried banner for
interactive-theatre actor Jim Nieb, who creates a street act as a comic risk-taker named
"Chance Darewithal". Size: 20"x24", permanently mounted on poles,
finished with red fringe at bottom. Jim has two signs like this, one with a red/black
color scheme, one with a green/blue color scheme. This is one of Lauren's earliest banner
projects, painted in 1997.
Each project is custom priced
according to the client's banner needs. The following criteria will be taken into account:
A deposit may be required to start a
project, but every order will receive a written cost estimate which includes all of the
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To order a sign, banner or other signage format,
contact Lauren Muney