St Bride Library talk: Crafty Types
"The idea for this evening lecture evolved from an event held at St Bride centred around the work of Herb Lubalin," says St Bride Library's event curator, Becky Chilcott. "Throughout the evening, whether they liked his work or not, the panel of speakers always came back to [Lubalin's] incredible talent of crafting letterforms which I felt was a topic that could be pertinent for further discussion at the Library."
"From Ruth's expressive calligraphic work (her logo for the Gimme Some Truth campaign to commemorate John Lennon's 70th Birthday shown above) to Sam's epic word collages (detail from his Romeo & Juliet, Passion artwork, shown top), each speaker was chosen for their distinctive hand-lettering style, created using different very methods of mark-making, materials and research, all underpinned by considerations of the design process," Chilcott continues.
"Another aim for this lecture is to avoid focusing solely on the creation and methods of hand-lettering as the language it conveys is just as important, perhaps even more so, which is something people often forget when talking on the subject," adds Chilcott. "The common thread among the four speakers is a love of words and the unlimited potential of their expression."
Crafty Types will take place at 7pm on Tuesday November 13 in the Bridewell Hall at St Bride Foundation. Tickets are £15 / concessions £10. Info at stbride.org/events.
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I'm attending the lecture this Tuesday. I can't explain how excited I am !