It was a great privilege for us to hear Lida Kindersley speaking about her life, dedicated to the increase of good lettering in the world. Her website is a mine of information and explains far better than I can, why she works, how she works, what she uses and who she works with and for.
She carves letters in stone and other media; designs typefaces; runs the Cardozo Kindersley Workshop in Cambridge; trains apprentices in lettercutting by hand, each usually staying for three years; and writes and publishes books on all these subjects.
She was apprenticed to David Kindersley, who had joined Eric Gill as his last apprentice in 1934. Gill with Edward Johnston had been instrumental in rejuvenating the art of calligraphy and letter cutting at the beginning of the century.
The workshop in Cambridge consists usually of two lettercutters and three apprentices. Teaching is a vital part of workshop life. is now run by Lida with her second husband Graham Beck, who is a cousin of our Richard Frewer – hence the connection.
Lida showed in a beautifully simple way how she makes letters in stone, glass, metal, paper and wood, including headstones, commemorative plaques, heraldic carving, sundials, typefaces, bookplates and lettering cut straight into buildings. She cuts with hammer and chisel and avoid using machines.
This is a much appreciated example set into the wall of Alma Cottage on Charlcombe Lane.
Thanks to the Friends for laying on such a lovely occasion.