H by Gaynor Goffe
H by Gaynor Goffe
Medium: 'V' incised painted Portland stone
‘H’ was created as part of the Lettering Arts Trust exhibition ‘Living Letters.’
‘The 26 letters of the alphabet are the building blocks of our writing system. Somehow they convey the written word and the sounds of a spoken language. This random handful of lines and shapes opens up a universe of thought and shared ideas.
The marks we recognise today have been 5000 years in the making. Throughout history their visible expression has been shaped by the technologies available, by fashion and imagination. They’ve been scratched penned, brushed, printed, drawn, carved, cast and etched. As well as being functional, letters hold great graphic possibility.
The individual approach of each artist, using a variety of techniques and media, helps us look again at the 26 letters that describe our world.’ Giles Macdonald, curator.
About the artist
Gaynor Goffe has worked with calligraphy since 1974. The traditional skills of fine penmanship can introduce a distinctive atmosphere for a wide range of contemporary applications. Commissioned calligraphic work has included:- letter-head, invitation, greetings card, book jacket, logo and packaging design, illuminated presentation and memorial panels, design and inscribing of certificates and diplomas. Gaynor is particularly interested in the more personal, creative aspect of calligraphy, working with painted backgrounds, gold leaf and collage, and experimenting with capitals and cursive scripts. She produces work for exhibition and sale and teaches traditional and experimental calligraphic styles, lay-out and design and calligraphic techniques in workshops and her own correspondence courses.