The variety of textures, colours and thicknesses of paper ensure that the right one can be found for a piece of work. Each unique sheet of handmade paper has a life of its own. Letters bring the paper alive, responding to the spirit of the surface and the meaning of the text.
Here the letters are painted onto handmade Nepalese tissue which is pasted and wrapped around a board.
Letters made a quill on handmade paper from Minnesota. The rough texture of the paper is apparent through the paint.
Lettering on cloth opens up a huge array of possibilities for making work that can be hung, worn and move in many different ways.
Delicate fabrics allow possibilities of layering. These letters are painted with a pointed brush.
Letters painted onto bark cloth.
Vellum is prepared calfskin, the traditional material for manuscript books over the centuries. The markings remain on this skin to give it a delicate pattern.
A well-prepared skin is the best surface for paint and gold.
A sharp quill made from a goose or swan feather bites into the velvet surface of the skin.
Stone has a permanence that gives it value and dimension. The letters are painted onto the surface of pebbles.
Letters carved into the surface of slate and stone have a long tradition for work of importance and memory.
Hard surfaces such as walls allow direct lettering.
Letters can be integrated within fabric rather than applied to its surface.
Inscriptions have been painted onto wood for generations.