Buzzzzzz by Louise Tiplady

Buzzzzzz by Louise Tiplady


Artist: Louise Tiplady

Title: Buzzzzzz

Medium: Welsh slate with painted incised lettering and 24ct gold leaf and palladium leaf

Size: 60 x 8cm

 ‘Buzzzzzz’ 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

After training as a stonemason and carver in Weymouth in 1998, Louise began working as a stonemason on Hereford Cathedral, and went on to become a self-employed stonemason and carver. In 2005 she was awarded by The Memorial Arts Charity and funded by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation to start a two-year apprenticeship to learn the art of lettering and lettercarving. The combination of skills that I have acquired over the years has allowed me to continue to work alongside my former master whilst also producing lettering and sculpture in my own style. I am an elected member of Letter Exchange.

The lettering, carving and sculptures that she has worked on in stone, wood and metal vary greatly in scale.

 ‘ I love the way that the process of carving with a hammer and chisel can leave very distinctive marks in the stone, which can be used to create movement and flow. I enjoy combining words and texture, and making beautifully shaped objects from heavy, unforgiving materials. The text I choose for work of my own design is preferably easy for others to relate to. It is rarely well known; in fact it is often created specifically for the piece of work.’

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