Letter carving first attracted and continues to attract me as it acts as a means to bridge the gap between different art forms that all seek to further communication: Fine Art, traditional Craft, and Literature. These communicative art forms are seen in the shapes of lettering, reflecting centuries of creative expression; in the physical act of mark-making and carving, a homage to the history of crafts-people across the world; and in the words used, depicting meaningful poetry, stories and/or personal sentiment.
I was raised in Switzerland, with family from all over the world, and took to international higher education in Italy, London, Scotland and Oxford. Consequently, understanding different means of communication across borders and boundaries has always fascinated me. Regardless of the vastly varied approaches taken, the objective is always the same. My work seeks to explore this idea, with a particular interest and focus on how the human brain decodes visual information. My practice explores these ideas through both the traditional and the modern – through classical lettering and the use of established literary masterpieces, to my own abstract, asemic writing which allows the viewer freedom in their interpretations.
I initially trained with the internationally renowned Letter Carver Caroline Webb and over the years have also trained with Tom Perkins, Andrew Whittle and Jon Neilson. In 2010 I set up my own studio and workshop here in the beautiful Pewsey Vale, where I enjoy meeting clients and collaborating on personal projects. This collaboration and guiding clients through their personal journey is very important and rewarding. I focus on ensuring that the purpose of each piece is reflected throughout, making sure to understand the meaning behind it, its intended location, and the materials to be used. Through this, my designs are balanced, cohesive, timeless, and deeply personal.
My life experiences, combined with the respect and care I have for my tools, materials, and working environment have given me the confidence to push the boundaries of my own abilities. I value the opportunity for the continuous challenge as it dynamically moves my work and life forward.
I am very fortunate that my passion is my work. I try to share this enthusiasm by teaching and by being a Trustee of the Lettering Arts Trust Charity. It is important to raise awareness of this old British craft and keep it alive - by surrounding ourselves with meaningful, personal, and beautifully handcrafted objects we gain perspective in life.
'Marcet Sine Adversario Virtus' - which I interpret as 'Keep Challenging Yourself"
QEST scholar - The Royal Warrant Holder Association charity (Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust)
Elected member of the Master Carvers' Association - the oldest association of wood and stone carvers in the UK
Associate member of Letter Exchange - an organisation bringing together & promoting professional lettering artists
Elected member of the Lettering Arts Trust - founders of Memorials by Artists