Calligraphy as expression, experiment and vocation by Sophie Heath
Ann Hechle is a British calligrapher of considerable reputation who has been working since the 1960s. In many ways her career bridges the Arts and Crafts revival of calligraphy at the end of the 19th century and the contemporary craft informed by art and graphic design. The Centre already holds a significant selection of Hechle's work and in 2004 she made a further gift of material which was digitised as part of the Headley Trust Project. The Project team, with the CSC Collections Manager Jean Vacher, visited Ann Hechle at her studio in Somerset. Here, through the digital methods of the project, we were able to document additional supporting material that remains in the maker's possession but which provides context for the items physically brought into the CSC collection. For example, sequences of drafts illuminate the calligrapher's working methods, and some early works give an insight into the development of Hechle's vocation. The following web-essay draws on all this digitised material and discussions with the maker.
- Ann Hechle and Calligraphy in the Crafts Study Centre Collection
- The art of formal lettering and the questioning of tradition
- Calligraphy writ large - handwriting in unusual places
- Personal expression and the craft vocation
- Deeper meanings or spirituality and transformation in handwork
- Lessons for craft?