|Lives and letters
||[Aug. 12th, 2015|06:16 pm]
I continue to work my way through that piles of (very) old newspapers, and every now I then I continue to find things that make me feel justified in doing so. Recently, most of these have been obituaries.|
This morning, in the Guardian of 15th February 1995, I found Fiona MacCarthy's obituary of David Kindersley. I didn't recognise the name, though I should have: he's the person who actually carved that Eric Gill garden roller. The text doesn't seem to be online, but briefly, Kindersley was Gill's apprentice, but he focussed, as Gill had not, on lettering, and he embraced technical aids: he worked with the Letraset company on an optical spacing system, and later on a piece of software, Logos, also a means of spacing characters for maximum legibibilty.
If my progress through that pile of papers had been just a little faster, I might have been posting this in time for his centenary, earlier this summer. As it is, it passed me by, though there were celebrations elsewhere, particularly in Cambridge where he lived and worked. A Centenary Walk around the streets (where so much of his influence can be seen) seems a perfect celebration - and there's a video about it on the website of the Cardozo Kindersley Workshop where he and his wife worked. The John Rylands Library marked the anniversary with a post about his carving on the front of the library - and an image search on his name turns up many good things, not all of them in the classical Arts & Crafts style: this lithograph from the Tate's collection is unexpected but spot on.