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Nicholas Sloan

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I have been fascinated by letter design since my schooldays in the sixties. I started cutting letters in stone in the seventies, and have worked freelance ever since, always keeping a balance of memorial work with other commissions, often collaborative artworks, mostly with the poet Ian Hamilton Finlay.

I enjoy working within the lettercutting tradition, but I have a non-purist approach to style and technique: while nearly all my letters are cut by hand, and letter-design is at the heart of it, I enjoy the challenge of designing for mechanical techniques and unusual materials. The solving of large-scale logistical problems is a speciality.

Colour is important to me: not just for its own sake, but because it can be helpful in articulating an inscription, or simply making it more legible. Printing and typography have always been a parallel interest, and it is easy to detect [...]

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