Archives for category: Inscriptions


A recent trip to Marrakech highlighted the importance placed on the art of calligraphy in Arabic culture.


How common would it be, when visiting a guest house in UK , to find a framed reproduction of an illuminated manuscript  on the wall of your bedroom and a calligram of a tiger and an antique inscribed wooden tablet on display in the lounge ?  This is what I found  in the small Riad I stayed in . I  saw further examples in cafes and restaurants.

How often, when shopping in a small coastal town in UK,  would you come across a number of small independent shops dedicated solely to selling and demonstrating calligraphy ? This is what I found, to my delight, in Essaouira . The scribes were proud to show me they could turn their hand to Western scripts too.







Some fine examples of  lettering  could be found on architecture, as expected . This one, from the Bahai Palace, shows two styles. Beneath the carved lettering on the pillar is an embellished. less formal script.



Acidulate 1 “The Genuine Article”, shown here, is my contribution to the exhibition 26 Words. The processes I used for this work enables me to replicate the design . I will be producing further limited edition brass etchings soon as two have been sold already, including the original framed version.  No two are the same as variations in the strength and immersion time in the acid and the post-etching surface treatment affects the patina and depth of etching.

KANGAROO; Dame Kanga’s keepsakes by Sue Hufton and text by Roger Horberry

The exhibition is a real must see (and read!) with  many creative interpretations and expressions of our 26 random words . You can find skill , imagination and brilliant inventiveness on display. I also recommend reading the stories behind the collaborative partnerships on the website



The variety of materials and techniques used by exhibitors also has to be mentioned. Mark Noad, chairman of LetterExchange aptly described the project as “the interplay between medium and message”.The lettering is written on and inscribed, etched  or cut into surfaces ranging  from stone ,metal , glass and ceramics, to collage, paper, prints and fabric.

EXCUSATION; Robbie Schneider , text by Stuart Delves

EXCUSATION; Robbie Schneider , text by Stuart Delves

Here are some of the exhibits by  Sue Hufton, Rosella Garavaglia and Robbie Schneider.

GLANCE: Rosella Garavaglia , text by Sarah Farley

GLANCE: Rosella Garavaglia , text by Sarah Farley






You will  find information about the exhibition on the poster here (click to enlarge) or visit the website (link above). It will be touring next year.




Pompeii, Amalfi, Herculaneum and Venice

I have long been interested in the art, architecture and literature of the Classical world. Initially it was fuelled by academic study at university and more recently through researching Roman lettering and trips to Italy and Greece.

Roman inscription

Roman inscriptions, both formal and informal, were in evidence at the The  Pompeii and Herculaneum Exhibition at the British Museum.


Travel sketch book - Vesuvius

I was completely absorbed not only with the lettering but the household items on display which created a real link with the people who had lived there. It also reminded me of my stay in Sorrento a few years back and visits to both sites.

TTravel sketch book - Pompeiihe photographic collage shown here (and lettering detail ) was created by a professional  photographer friend who accompanied me on this trip. I also have a few pages of my very small pocket sketch book (made of hand made paper) here to show you.

Travel sketch book- Herculaneum

I like to make sketches/write a sort of diary during my travels when I can. It helps me absorb and retain detail and keeps me connected with the experience.

Travel sketch book - Amalfi