Lida Cardozo Kindersley

The brilliant young Dutch letter-cutter Lida Lopes Cardozo joined the workshop of David Kindersley, the superb pupil of Eric Gill, in 1976.  She worked closely with him, married him, and has continued to run their workshop since his death in 1995. 

Cutting in stone is for her a way of making light - and by implication life – last: making the intangible permanent.  The secret lies in the spacing.  Cutting penetrates the hardness of the surface, creating a luminous incision which transforms the solid block into a rock pool stained and marbled by eons of making. Within this ocean of time-made-manifest the letters stand, forming words, transient whispers of our presence.  A slip either way in this cosmic play upsets the balance between the fleeting and the lasting. That’s why each stroke is a hair’s-breadth calculation which can only be strong if it is full of feeling, for love, for life - the perfect artform to mark passing. 

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The Ruskin Gallery

by David Kindersley and Lida Lopes Cardozo

Letters Mingle Souls
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge