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An Illuminated Manuscript!
A Glowing Testament to a Neon Pioneer’s
Four-Decade Career. The subject of Lakich’s work is not her medium but her humanity. It is the spiritual quality of neon light that interests her,
and she paints with it to illuminate matters of
the heart and soul.
- Ray Zone, ARTWEEK
Few artists in our time have had the extraordinary impact on an art form as has Lili Lakich on the development of neon sculpture. When neon declined as a medium for advertising in the 1960s and ‘70s, Lakich was one of the pioneers in its rebirth as an artistic medium. And
when galleries and museums failed
to exhibit work in electric media,
Lakich founded the Museum of Neon
Art (MONA) in Los Angeles in 1981,
bringing to the public the work of
exciting new artists working in
The phenomenon of light has
intrigued artists for centuries.
Renaissance chiaroscuro and
late-19th Century Impressionism
both made light their raison d’etre.
Turner, Monet and Van Gogh
were all painters whose work
seduced with light. Today, the
list includes artists whose love
of light has led them to neon -
the glowing medium that has
only been possible since the
invention of electricity and the
development of luminous tubing.
LAKICH: For Light. For Love. For Life. is Lili Lakich’s autobiographical visual memoir of her four-decade career as one of the premier artists working in illuminated sculpture today. The book also includes essays by public art historian Michael Several, author and critic Ray Zone and gallery director Louise Lewis who says, “Lakich draws on a boundless universe of
inspiration, reassuringly familiar on the one hand, boldly unsettling on the other. Her work appeals to a broad audience, from the Las Vegas nightlife aficionado to the conceptually-oriented artist working in light and space.”
LAKICH: For Light. For Love. For Life.
by Lili Lakich
Hardcover, 8.5 x 12.5 in., 160 pages
252 illustrations, 230 in full color
Each Book is
By the Author!
This must-have book is for working neon shop's to help solve problems and optimize the work place.
This book presents ideas and methods to "tweak" your machinery as well as yourself to produce your best work.
MORGAN CROOK is a mechanical engineer, tube bender and president of Neon Design, a wholesale, retail and consulting firm in Columbia, SC. His writing has appeared in major trade periodicals more than a decade. In his professional capacity, Morgan has visited over 500 neon shops.
JACOB FISHMAN is an electrical engineer, artist and educator. His studio, Lightwriters, fabricates neon for film & theater, technical applications and traditional neon signs. The studio houses a workshop that teaches the art and science of neon construction and Lightwriters bookstore.
The Neon Engineers Notebook Second Edition
by Morgan Crook & Jacob Fishman
Soft cover, 9 in. x 7 in., 223 pages
Ton's of illustrations and black and white photos.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Pumping Methods Second Edition Updated!
A Burning in Question
Tube Life Second Edition Updated!
Tube Processing Experiments
Clear Pink Tubes
Hotfil New Second Edition Info!
Oven Pumping Second Edition Updated!
Tipping Off Tips Second Edition Updated!
Ship of Tools
A Fire Box
Glass Work for Neon Second Edition Updated!
Improving Tube Bending
Lampworking for Neon New Second Edition Info!
Jig & Form Bending
Hot Rod Crossfires Second Edition Updated!
Borosilicate Glass Second Edition Updated!
Using Neon Colors New Second Edition Info!
History of Neon Color New Second Edition Info!
Making Neon with a Twist
Let’s Get Small
Your Mark on Neon
Transformer Loading Second Edition Updated!
Servicing 2161 Transformers New Second Edition Info!
Time for Fun & Profit Second Edition Updated!
Electronic Timers Second Edition Updated!
Got MSDS? New Second Edition Info!
Home Sweet Home
Appendix New Second Edition Info!
Index Second Edition Updated!
Example of detailed illustrations
Example of detailed photos
This professional video can help neon crafts people of all levels. Step-by-step "real time" demonstrations show all the phases involved in the neon signmaking process: designing the neon pattern, tube bending, bombarding and pumping,and final assembly.
Learn the craft of neon at your own pace with this highly detailed, two-hour video.
Collector Set of Neon Post Cards
1. Buster Brown and Tige shoe store sign—made 1950s; restored 1984; photographed 1986
2. Mobil Pegasus Flying Horse gas station sign—made 1955; restored & photographed 1985
3. Club Bali Nude Reclining in a Cocktail Glass cocktail lounge sign—made 1950s; restored & photographed 1986
4. Zipperhead Logo punk clothing store sign--made 1983; photographed 1984
5. Pat’s Steaks Pioneer with Crown cheesesteak take out restaurant sign—made 1952; photographed 1986
6. Howard Johnson's Simple Simon and the Pieman restaurant sign—made 1950s; restored & photographed 1989
7. Howard Johnsons Lamplighter—restaurant banquet room sign--made 1950s; restored & photographed 1990
8. Rockerhead Logo hair salon sign--made & photographed 1989
9. Keith’s Red Snapper Jamaican restaurant sign--made 1989; photographed 1990
10. Cornucopia hospital cafeteria sign--made 1989; photographed 1990
11. Sherwin-Williams Paints Cover the Earth Logo paint company sign—made 1930s; restored & photographed 1992
12. Philadelphia Skyline neon art commission--made & photographed 1992
13. Siam Cuisine Mythological Figure Thai restaurant sign--made & photographed 1991
14. Animated Jitterbuggers drive-in restaurant sign--made & photographed 1993
15. ’59 Cadillac Convertible drive in restaurant sign--made & photographed 1993
16. Levis Hot Dog lunch counter restaurant sign—made 1950s; restored 1994; photographed 1995
17. Library Book public library sign--made & photographed 1995
18. Bensalem Aquarium Mural pet shop sign--made & photographed 1995
19. Vega Grill Neon/Stainless Facade neighborhood tavern sign--made 1930s; restored & photographed 1996
20. Giles & Ransome Bulldozer heavy equipment company sign—made 1940’s; restored & photographed 1999
21. Trolley Car Diner Animated 1947 Trolley restored and renamed 1952 diner sign--made & photographed 2000
22. Just To Travel Cruise Ship travel agency sign--made & photographed 2002
23. Colonial Theatre Marquee movie theater sign--made 1950s; restored & photographed 2002
24. Reading Terminal Market historic farmers and food market sign—made 1940s; restored & photographed 2006
25. McGillin's Old Ale House antique bar sign--made 1950s; restored & photographed 2008
BONUS 26. Country Music—Art car covered with signs, was usually located in Nashville, Tn--photographed 1987
What Fun! Set of 26 (25 + 1 bonus card) 4" x 6" collector post card set featuring restored vintage spectaculars, beloved American roadside favorites, as well as newer pictorial signs.
On the reverse side of each post card is a description of the sign and any additional information that was available.
Below is a list of the included cards.
Quantities are very limited!
Set: $25 "Free Shipping" *Continental USA
Hardcover: 190 pages
Dimensions: 9.1" x 12"
Gorgeous hardcover book by
Neon journeyman Len Davdson.
During the middle of the 20th century, neon signs turned North America's roadside into a luminous wonderland. The most compelling signs were figural: imaginative, cartoon drawings in light. These unforgettable depictions of exploding bowling pins, crashing cars, baton twirling majorettes, and lassoing cowboys were the fodder for legend and lore. Neon designer Len Davidson has captured the magic with over 350 photos of superb vintage signs.
He has drawn on renowned photographers, museums, and private collections, as well as his own Neon Museum of Philadelphia pieces to compile the definitive photo archive. Davidson has also expressed the legend in words. The pages echo with the voices of sign makers and shopkeepers, photographers and preservationists. Architects and sign artisans will find this collection invaluable. It is also an essential volume for anyone who has been captured by the spell of the highway and neon's siren song.
About the Author
Davidson began collecting and restoring vintage neon signs in the mid-1970s, which led him to establish Davidson Neon Design, a custom sign business. In 1985, he founded the Neon Museum of Philadelphia to showcase his vast collection. Currently, Davidson lives with his wife Judy, in a house full of historic signs.
$55.95 "Free Shipping" to any *Continental USA address
Each book is
by the Author!