E by Caroline Webb

E by Caroline Webb

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Medium: Brown oak and sycamore

Size: 20 x 30cm

‘E’ 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. his 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

Caroline Webb has been designing and carving inscriptions in stone and wood since graduating with a degree in Typography thirty years ago.

Caroline's work, her lettercarving, low-relief carving and printmaking, reflects her particular delight in quiet detail and an understanding and a love of letterforms. Her work is also influenced by her love of poetry, plants and of landscape. Caroline's approach to lettercarving is simple; she respects the written word and believes in the importance of lettering as communication. For many years Caroline collaborated with poet Ian Hamilton Finlay, contributing numerous works to exhibitions, private collections and to his garden, Stonypath. 

Caroline is an elected member of the The Society of Designer Craftsmen, The Art Workers Guild, and Letter Exchange. She lives and works in rural Wiltshire.

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