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Covering ground or covering up

Bill Baggett, Lynne Joddrell Baggett

Sunday 16 September | 11:30 – 12:00
Location: Seminar Room 202

Presentation | Theme: Hand made | Duration: 30 minutes

Following a line of personal research that began in 1997, we propose to reveal a variety of unusual incised letterforms that may appear to be examples of bad judgment by today’s standards, but historically each individual carving would have been seen as a work of art and may have exceeded the expectations of the time. Most of the examples have come from incised letterforms that appear on stone grave markers in the British Isles (c. 17-18 centuries).

During this era, the vocation of letterform carving was dominated by local traditions in matters of bereavement, commemoration and worship. Tradesmen typically spent their entire lives isolated in the same village or county where they were born, were trained by senior craftsmen, often of the same family; who had in turn spent their lifetime in the same situation. It was a vocation that required minimal literacy and tended to focus on passing along essential technical expertise as well as mannerisms and attitudes concerning style and quality.

It is our summation that many of the unusual approaches to this craft have been caused by bizarre circumstances and localized idiosyncrasies. For today’s vastly resourced designers, further examination of these stone blocks still hold considerable potential to positively impact our modern graphic sensibilities and typographical richness. We hope this presentation enhances the interest in these often forgotten examples in stone and agree that they are truly masterpieces in their own right.

Speaker details

Bill Baggett | Usa

William Baggett is a second-generation artist/designer and has taught graphic design at university level for over 30 years. In addition, his paintings and printmaking work are included in collections throughout the US, Europe and Japan. He and his wife Lynne share a mutual enthusiasm for letterforms and typography and enjoy collaborating on various design projects. During the past ten years, this has evolved into an intensive look at ancient carved letterforms in the British Isles.

Lynne Joddrell Baggett Graphic designer Bzquare Editions | Usa

Lynne Joddrell Baggett spent five years in London as a graphic designer before moving to the US where she has taught at three universities and now serves as Associate Professor of Art, in the Graphic Design area at Louisiana State University. Lynne has received several grants and fellowships for her research with incised typographical letterforms and maintains an art and design studio in Mississippi with her husband, William, who also shares her enthusiasm for typography as an art form.

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