Typeforms and Lettering

‘Papercut letter collage 02’ by Grant

There’s gaps in my letters and lines,
And space in my poems for rhymes.
But for shapes held in books
That give them such looks
Credit Gill Sans or New Roman Times.

From my Dad I got my love of letterforms and structure.

From my Mum, the bubbles of opera.

From Mother Nature my love of food and understanding of things good.

From by friends, the torches of care which continually keep me aware of what life’s about.

From the media, mere unsettled dust, and its familiar pattern of drizzle, growth and rust.

Words of Wisdom image print by ttp. tim tiley prints. bristol bs6 5rr. photo 000365-a by kind permission of the *WoW prints collection/hand-lettering






“Lyrics can make me cry.
Music can kidnap my body.
True Art can always swallow time
I thought was mine.”

One time,  Goldie , English musician, DJ, visual artist and actor, designed this lettering for me, for a tagged wall by the Birmingham SuperPrix pitstop. The rest is his story.

Photo by kind permission of *WoW prints collection/petite moulin rouge night club/Birmingham.uk [Interior and Feature Design by Grant]





Castles in the sky.
Community dreams of
Picnics on high.

Brush strokes in ink,
Fluid, where carved stone
Rests to think.

Two prized items in the *WoW Collections are the following examples;


The first penned in ink and given to Will O’Leary on the occassion of the 2006 New Year celebration from Nipponzan Myohoji and the second, [picture presently on loan] incised by carving with a chisel over lettering first ‘painted’ with a flat brush during one of O’Leary’s carving workshops.

Photos by kind permission of *WoW print and lettering collections which includes a library of graphic lettering and prints by calligrapher, Linda Lewis.

William Caxton, The first English Editor by Richard Deacon. Pub. Frederick Muller Ltd. London. 1976.
J.H.Mason 1875 – 1951 Scholar-Printer by L.T.Owens. Pub. Frederick Muller Ltd. London. 1976.
John Baskerville of Birmingham. Letter-Founder and Printer by F.E.Pardoe. Pub. Frederick Muller Ltd. London. 1974.





Stanley Morison Displayed by Herbert Jones. Pub. Frederick Muller Ltd. London. 1976.
A Handbook of Textbook Type and Illustration by John Lewis. Pub. Faber and Faber. London. 1956
Pen Lettering. Pub. James Dorn. London
An atlas of typeforms by James Sutton and Alan Bartram. Pub. Lund Humphries. London. 1968
Specimens of Printing Types from Stevenson Blake, The Caslon Letter Foundry, Sheffield.
Stevenson Blake Card Founts of Printing Type
Creative Lettering and Calligraphy by Peter Halliday
John M. Clark’s Alphabets for sign writers, decorators, designers. London. 1906
The Kenyon Lettering – a collection of original letterforms, both printed and hand illustrated, published in books, advertisements, exhibitions and as art.

*The WoW collections are curated by World of Water [Reg. UK educational charity ] as part of their outreach project. Enquiries and donations welcome.]

‘Papercut letter collage 01’ by Grant

Tapman and Pluggy – told by Grant

Few stories go round and round better than the cycle of water but even fewer storytellers accept the challenge to accompany their characters on their never ending story. Grant is one such storyteller.

Put on your weatherproofs. Get your diving gear. Bring a parachute … and a large net for the floating plastics, a water baliff, a naval frigate to protect seawater fisheries and a team from SAS (Surfers Against Sewage) to protect the water environment.

Whilst you are collecting all you need for this once simple water cycle, invite loads of water treatment engineers around the World to keep your drinking water safe. and, as raindrops, snow, sleet, drizzle and hail all dissolve air borne pollution in their fall to Earth, you may need a soil and crop expert to tell the story of how pollutants in water enter the food cycle.

What was once a simple story to tell of the sea, evaporation, clouds, condensation, streams and rivers, is now a vast tale.

Here’s a painting full of clues to where the story flows as it grows: