When your time at school comes to an end, trying to decide what career option you would take can be daunting – but I can see why Lance Streeter chose sign writing.
Last Friday I spent the morning with him and his team at Streeter Concepts Signwriting and Design, creating stickers to promote the local Gigatown campaign.
There’s nothing quite like a job where every day is completely different and you’re never too sure what you might be doing.
Mr Streeter has now been in the industry for six years and Streeter Concepts Signwriting and Design has been operating from Oamaru for five years, this December.
“We’re only limited by our imagination here,” he said.
Mr Streeter already had a background in servicing printers and copiers.
“You get to do some cool stuff,” he said.
“At the end of the day, you can stand back and say ‘I managed to make something cool’.”
My first duty as the signwriting grasshopper, was to ‘weed’ the stickers that had been created, which read #gigatownoamaru.
At first, I was a little slow picking out the letters but by the end of it, I was, what I like to call, a weeding professional.
Mr Streeter said it’s always rewarding to see the customers leave with the finish product and with a smile on their face.
“I enjoy doing stuff that means something special to someone,” he said.
He added that it’s exciting to see their work on the other side of the world.
Facebook has grown their clientele, and Streeter Concepts now has customers in Japan, Germany, the UK and America.
“I love doing what I do,” he said.
“To do some huge hours, like 90 plus hours a week, you can only do that if you really love what you do.”
Once I had prepped the stickers by weeding, the backing tape was placed and the Stanley knife came out to individually cut each sticker out.
I may have been the weeding master, but boy was my cutting bad news – I did get there in the end though.
The team at Streeter Concepts works on jobs from small stickers, to a whole building.
“Anything to do with signs, be it big or small,” he said.
They are now specialising in 3D signs, which is allowing for more variety.
I could have spent all day at the workshop creating stickers, watching signs being cut out by machines and meeting some of the clients – I can truly see why Mr Streeter enjoys his job so much.
“We get to help out with community events,” he said.
This December a young local lass is joining the team and she will be a dedicated graphic design.
“We’re a young, enthusiastic staff,” he said.
By the time this article goes to print, I’m not sure any of the stickers will be left but if you managed to get your hands on one, display it proudly – I sure am!
By Jessie Waite