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lettering, typography, alphabets, stonework

Architectural lettering – 2

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.]

Categories
lettering, typography, alphabets, stonework

Architectural lettering – 1

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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