There are some books you buy just because of the jacket. This is, sort of, one of them, although I have to say the contents are worth examining. The book jacket art has faded considerably over the decades. Come on, revive it. Get rid of the fancy art photos. Get back to basics.
The Bathurst plaque was commissioned by Eton College in the UK, to replace the original limestone plaque that had deteriorated over the years. The material is Welsh slate and size is 760mm by 460mm. The brief was open, so I submitted a free style, using plenty of compressions, such as of and in along the first line. This was actually forced on me by the line length, but worked so as not to overly distract the viewer.
Once the drawing had been approved the design was transferred to the slate through carbon paper, and then redrawn.
Subtle amendments were made as carving continued.
The finished piece is, I think, fresh and clear, conforming to a semi-classical style yet moving forward. [Click on images to enlarge.]
Architectural lettering means plaques. Architects often commission pieces to record a building, the topping out or the end of the project. This piece shown here was for a house in London, placed many years after the event as a permanent record. The piece was carved in slate.
The lettering style is my own freely adapted. What one is after is a freedom rigorously controlled.
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After paper bags a return to stone. A reason why I work in stone – it is immortal, which implies it has a soul.
This piece I made from a fragment of slate left over after removing a circle for a house number. The slate was riven (that is not smooth – retaining its natural surface) and was 280mm in diameter. The text is from Dante, the opening to The Inferno: Midway along the journey of our life, a text which has even more resonance now than it did when I made the piece, since I have hit, indeed passed, 50.
The slate was set into a piece of wood. After some years the wood deteriorated and I re-set the stone into limestone.
When I moved to Australia I gave it away. I don’t know where it is now but I still like this piece for its simplicity, not least the text.
I made one or other two pieces using the Dante theme. Time to return there I think.