‘Nothing is ever set in stone’ a cousin recently said to me and she’s right most of the time but certainly not in the world of Cardozo Kindersley stone letter cutting studio as I discovered in an eye opening tour of their workshop in Cambridge.
The workshop is a local treasure that has to be investigated to encounter its talented people and remarkable designs which have become a craft legend and are already part of art history.
Anyone who sees one of their plaques or headstones will instantly recognise it as distinct and very much part of Cambridge’s culture because there are so many of them in evidence. The iconic gates of the British Library in London is a prime example and the grave of poet William Blake another. Steven Hawking’s memorial was a recent example.
Letter cutter, Sculptor and inventor David Kindersley started his workshop in Cambridge in the 1940’s after doing a two year apprenticeship to Eric Gill.
Lida Lopez Cardozo joined him in 1976 and worked its him until he died in 1995.