Hechle, Ann (10 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 10: [Tape 6 Side A] Comments on missing calligraphy. Remarks on feeling more confident after her travels and on the improvement of her calligraphic line after so much archaeological drawing. Detailed description of AH’s calligraphic work using texts from Vita Sackville-West’s ‘The Land’. Description of a making and using a quill. Story about writing a poem on the wall of her flat and experimenting with textures. Refers to a photograph of AH and the wall in Crafts Magazine (1974). Remarks on AH developing IW’s ideas. Comments on the expansion of public interest in the crafts in the mid 1970s. Mentions Marigold Coleman’s exhibition at the V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) ‘The Craftsman’s Art’. Description of writing a leaflet in collaboration with Edward Lucie-Smith for ‘The Makers’ demonstrations at the V&A. Remarks on the popularity of the demonstrations. Mentions Walter Keeler. Comments on not feeling a part of the crafts world. Remarks on the profound impact of making the leaflet on AH’s career. Description of AH’s move to Bath in 1975, mentions buying a house. Description of making silk hangings for a Christian Scientist Church. Description of making a living through calligraphy while living in Bath. Remarks on the difficulty of pricing work. Comments on enjoying putting text together, remarks on needing to make each word legible. Description of giving talks and demonstrations while on craftsmen’s tours organised by Cherry Knott.
Life story interview with Ann Hechle, calligrapher