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a life of letters
May 6-June 25 2000

David Kindersley (1915-95) was the outstanding letterer or alphabetician of his generation. Trained by Eric Gill, he set up his workshop in Barton in 1946, moving later into central Cambridge where the Cardozo Kindersley workshop continues to flourish. Kindersley's stone cutting and street signage are a familiar part of the Cambridge cityscape. His work extended to major architectural commissions including the gates to the new British Library.
Kindersley researched throughout his life 'into the frontiers of recognizability', constantly experimenting with letter forms and the spacing between letters.
The exhibition is a feast of some of his finest and most inventive inscriptions in stone and on paper. It demonstrates his commitment to traditional workshop practice but also to applying craft-learnt principles to the new technology of computer typesetting.
Visitors will be able to experiment with lettering through craft techniques and specially devised computer programmes.

The exhibition is supported by The Crafts Council
and sponsored by Imagination