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Liane is a specialist in Gold Leaf Signage and Traditional Hand painted signs. Ask her how she can assist you with creating a unique and original hand painted sign for your business.

Liane Barker


In 1980, at the age of 20, Liane became one of only a few female sign writing apprentices winning the highest honour of Top Apprentice for Queensland.


Working in her Father’s business, Barker Signs, as an apprentice and later as partner, Liane learnt the foundational skills of signwriting as well as a business acumen that has offered her a lifelong career in Signage and Design.

At 24 she started her own traditional signwriting and design business in Armidale NSW producing hand painted signage on road side hoardings, large walls, vehicle signage, glass gilding and business shop fronts.


During the mid 80’s she worked as Production Manager for a large sign writing/manufacturing company in Brisbane. This was a vast and diverse role that saw the introduction of computer generated signage and a rapid change to the sign industry. It was during this transition Liane made vital industry connections and advanced training giving her the necessary business and computer skills to move forward in what was perceived back then as a predominately male industry.


Liane’s success over the course of 38 years has been through keeping up with the latest technological advances in the trade as well as retaining her traditional skills and craft providing signage and graphic design solutions to various corporate and private clients. 


She recently achieved international acclaim by being selected to take part in the ‘Pre-Vinylette Society International Female Signpainters Exhibition’ held in Chicago USA in 2017. Being the only Australian female signwriter was a huge honour sparking further her desire to keep the craft of signwriting alive and to pass on her knowledge and experience to others, particularly women interested in the signwriting trade. 


In August 2018 Liane flew to London UK to take part in the ‘Grand Exhibition of the Pre-Vinylite Society: An 18th Century Revival’ This exhibition coincided with the Better Letters International Letterheads meeting in London. Again, Liane was the only Australian Signwriter to be invited and was thrilled to be a part of such an exciting and diverse showcase of talented traditional signwriters from around the globe. She was even more delighted when her exhibition piece sold within hours of the exhibition opening.


Liane was offered the opportunity to work alongside the extremely talented and famous USA signwriter, Mike Meyer assisting him with his 4 day 'Better Letters' signwriting workshop in Amsterdam as well as visiting/working with fellow signpainters around the globe exchanging ideas and techniques before returning to Australia.

In June 2019 Liane was an invited instructor at the 'Brushmasters Getaway 5 day Signwriting, Pinstriping and Airbrushing Retreat' in Colorado USA, where she worked alongside 14 other amazing, talented instructors in Signwriting, Pinstriping and Airbrush.

Liane specialises in Traditional Hand Painted Signs, Shop Fronts, Murals and Gold Leaf Signage. Enquire today about a unique and original hand painted sign for your business.


Liane also teaches and mentors students in her Brisbane based Signwriting and Design Studio, as well as overseas, offering 1 & 2 day workshops in Signwriting as well as a Beginner and Intermediate Term Classes (one night a week over a 6 week term).  Check out the workshop and class timetable HERE

Contact Details


Liane Barker

Brush & Pen Design Studio

Brisbane, Australia


Phone: 0439 451 960

Enquiries Here