Heavens Above is the first book to focus exclusively on the art of Incisive Letterwork, the inspirational professional partnership of Brenda Berman and Annet Stirling, leading letter carvers and designers. It gives a unique insight into their wide-ranging work, from prominent public commissions for stone-cut lettering at the National Gallery and the Royal Opera House in London, and the Kunsthalle in Hamburg, to intimate and poetic pieces made in collaboration with many distinguished architects, artists and private clients.
Berman and Stirling reflect on the aesthetic and the practice of their work through intriguing descriptions of some of their most important public and personal projects. Accompanying essays by David Whiting, Charles Saumaurez Smith, Jerry Cinamon and Trev Haysom talk about the wider context of their work, from the selection of stone from the quarry, through the commissioning process, to the finished works of art. Heavens Above will interest all who value letter carving, stonework and typography, including commissioners, collectors, designers, teachers and students.
1st edition 2005, Pb, 72pp, 50% colour plates, 16.3 x 21.5cm