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Detail of quotation by Gandi .  Gold and metal leaves , gouache and trocol bronze powder.

Detail of quotation by Gandhi .
Gold and metal leaf, gouache and trocol bronze powder.

I am pleased to announce that an exhibition of my work has just been set up and will be on show from tomorrow, 12th July , in North London , N2. I am participating in the  East Finchley Open  which takes place over two weekends

This annual event invites the public to visit  “open houses” in the area to view work by members of EFO , a group of  local artists and crafts people . It is a wonderful way to engage and inform the public, spend time with other exhibitors and have the opportunity to sell originals, cards and prints.

D H Lawrence quotation

D H Lawrence quotation (before gilding)

I have been working  on new designs , such as the detail shown here , and developing some pieces that had their origins at my V&A studio . It has been really rewarding  having time to revisit and build on this work.

Metalwork features too (another V&A influence) , with framed brass plate etchings and lettering designs transformed into small iron work sculptures by blacksmith Agnes Jones .

More images to follow of the venue and my work .




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.




Lettering and decoration inspired by V&A exhibits , etched and heated copper

Now that my latest finished piece has been framed and safely dispatched, I can finally reveal what I have been working on recently. It will be on show at The Free Word Centre, Farringdon Road, London, as part of an exhibition called 26 Words, The DNA of Lettering. It is a collaborative venture between members of Letter Exchange  and 26

For details of the project and the description of how the work evolved for my writing partner, Will Awdry, and myself , check out the exhibition website 26 words . The random word we had to work with was Acidulate which led to the etching of his words and my design in brass .

Letters from V&A , experimenting with etched and oxidised copper

I was interested in this process before this project began, as I had studied beautifully acid etched decoration on armour at V&A and one of the curators had suggested it might be a good medium for my calligraphy . So, it was fantastic serendipity to have a word to work with that actually describes this technique.

I booked myself on to a perfect etching course at  West Dean College. (Most etching courses are for intaglio printing but this focused on the metal itself ). It was run by Brighton based  jeweller Clara Vichi, who uses lettering in her fabulous brooches. The 3 small pieces shown here were created by me on the course using different techniques and metals.

I learnt a huge amount over this weekend course, but it was the many days experimenting in my studio (wearing marigold gloves and protective apron ! ) where I worked out how to transfer designs to metal,  finding out what effects can be achieved and what does and doesn’t work. More on my techniques in a future blog  .

I always believe it is important to spend time playing with the medium you are working with to develop complete confidence with the materials and allow the process and design to unfold together and inform each other. I wondered, at one point  if I had taken on too much , knowing I had a deadline but I’m so glad I rose to the challenge.

I include here a small section of the finished piece . I hope you will come to the exhibition to see the  art work in its entirety ! But, if not, there will  be more information and images on my blog soon.