Woolf Institute Foundation Stone


I was asked to work alongside Binney Hare of H2 Associates Design to make a Foundation Stone for the Woolf Institute’s new home in Cambridge. This presented a particular challenge as the quotation would be in three languages; English, Hebrew and Arabic. After some experimentation I realised that the only way for the top three lines to sit well together would be for me to draw them from scratch, rather than use existing typefaces. This way the heights and weights and feel of the letters would be consistent.  I set about a crash course in Hebrew and Arabic calligraphy and as I do not read either of the languages the design was drawn out full size on paper first to be checked and double checked by members of the Woolf Institute before it was transferred onto the stone using carbon paper and carefully cut. The plaque will sit inside the building which should be completed next year.




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