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Inspired by the Word: Jane Austen and Winchester Cathedral

I love taking part in exhibitions. They’re a great way of making new connections and exploring new ideas and materials. Recently we’ve been looking at painted inscriptions on different surfaces – this one is an oak board about 6’ tall. It was lovely to be invited to exhibit at Winchester Cathedral as part of their celebrations […]

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Marble fragments, Church of San Clemente, Rome

On a recent trip to Rome we stumbled across this fantastic collection of carved fragments of lettering. Apparently San Clemente has its origins in a 4th-century church, built on the site of a republican warehouse destroyed by Nero’s fire. In the 1st century it was the home of a Roman nobleman and the site of secret […]

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Haptic/tacit – artistic networks and a great exhibition

Artistic networks are important; they nurture and support, they create an environment to stimulate ideas and develop practice. But not all networks are equal; the good ones push and challenge you, they keep you on your creative toes and help you stay brave, and the very best make you feel just a bit lucky to […]

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Lettering Exhibition at the Snape Proms

The Lettering Arts Trust (LCAT) is a fantastic organisation based in Suffolk that promotes excellence in lettering. For many years I’ve worked with their sister organisation Memorials by Artists who put people in touch with some of the best letter carvers around today. Earlier this year LCAT asked me to curate a summer exhibition at […]

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Donor recognition for a successful fundraising campaign carved in stone

As a result of a successful 150th anniversary fundraising campaign a new and purpose built sports pavilion was established. The School in Oxford approached the workshop to provide architectural lettering that would acknowledge the many and significant donors to this project. The brief included lettering carved directly into the new ashlar stonework of the building and […]

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The village gravestone maker

Andrew Whittle – the village gravestone maker. Letter Exchange talk 11 November 2015, The Art Workers’ Guild. This review first appeared on the Letter Exchange website For Charles and Ray Eames design was a “willingness and enthusiasm for working within constraints”. For Andrew Whittle, letters are central to his work, whether carved in stone or wood […]

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Seeing comes before words

Portland limestone tablet, from Hopes + Dreams: statements of intent explored, Letter Exchange exhibition 2015 Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognises before it can speak. These are the opening lines of John Berger’s book Ways of Seeing. It’s easy to think of inscriptions as just texts – pieces of writing in stone, […]

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Porpoise – a stainless steel tablet

A collaboration with the writer Martin Lee  for the exhibition 26 Words: exploring the DNA of language “My number one wish is to swim with porpoises.” Ever heard that? Me neither. Do you look out for ‘porpoise friendly tuna’? Course you don’t. Enough. We’re not putting up with it any longer. We’re drawing a line […]

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Stone bowl with hand carved letters

This solid stone bowl was turned from Portland limestone and the inscription hand carved around the rim.  

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Woodstock stone plaques – an historic town trail

Woodstock is an ancient and beautiful town crammed full of buildings of historic interest. With lots of visitors too the Town Council approached the workshop to carve a series of plaques that would highlight some of the stories and places of interest around the town. Each of the 10 plaques were individually designed with a […]

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If you’d like to discuss a possible lettering project we’d love to hear from you. Email the workshop on gilesmacdonald@gmail.com or call 01295 277554