First steps towards alphabet / by Sasha Ward

My alphabet is an ongoing project. The idea is to make a font from my hand writing to use for inscriptions on windows or for lettering and signage in decorative interior schemes. My current scheme is for Ron Jones House, Stokes Croft, Bristol, where words will run around the top of one of the communal rooms.

 top : Ron Jones font trial on my studio wall                   bottom : two types of lettering in Exeter Cathedral

top : Ron Jones font trial on my studio wall                   bottom : two types of lettering in Exeter Cathedral

 Lettering from All Saints, Selsley, Gloucestershire, the first ecclesiastical commission undertaken by Morris, Marshall and Faulkner & Co. 

Lettering from All Saints, Selsley, Gloucestershire, the first ecclesiastical commission undertaken by Morris, Marshall and Faulkner & Co. 

Looking at lettering in this type of context of course leads me in to churches again, but because I mostly make work for secular public buildings I need to remove any ecclesiastical looking influences I may pick up here. The words on the early Morris windows at Selsley are encouragingly rough and lively in contrast to the 3-dimensional lettering on the wall of the same church (both shown above).  I've put off this alphabet project previously because I knew it would take me a long time, I haven't even started on the capitals and punctuation marks yet.

 Just to see what my alphabet looks like as a font - not there yet.

Just to see what my alphabet looks like as a font - not there yet.