Hechle, Ann (7 of 17) National Life Stories Collection: Crafts' Lives
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2004-03-10, 2004-03-14, 2005-04-08
Interviewee's home, Somerset
Hechle, Ann, 1939- (speaker, female)
Hughes, Hawksmoor (speaker, female)
Part 7: [Tape 4 Side B] Description of AH’s flat overlooking Kensington Gardens. Remarks on teaching lettering part-time at Epsom and Sutton schools of art and obtaining work as a freelance calligrapher through Heather Child. Remarks on the fee for writing a certificate. Comments on the un-popularity of lettering in art schools. Long, detailed description of writing a certificate and of AH’s worktable, tools and materials. Description of IW’s exploration of the relationships between texts and writing styles on a page. Likens calligraphy to trapping a dance into a static frame, remarks on the complexity of the activity. Comments on AH realising that she couldn’t do calligraphy after losing the guidance of IW. Further detailed description of writing certificates and balancing texts. Comments on deciding to go abroad.
Life story interview with Ann Hechle, calligrapher