Caroline Webb MSDC

Stone Work & Letter Carving

About Caroline
Caroline Webb has been designing and carving lettering in stone and wood for over thirty years; she particularly enjoys carving fine inscriptons in wood, large & small. Caroline has two daughters and lives in rural Wiltshire.
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Trained as a typographer, Caroline was taught to carve letters by Ralph Beyer and Michael Harvey. From 1986 she worked more or less continuously as a collaborator with the poet Ian Hamilton Finlay, contributing numerous works to exhibitions, private collections and gardens. Caroline's lettercarving, low-relief carving and printmaking reflect her particular delight in quiet detail and an understanding and a love of letterforms. Her work is also influenced by poetry, plants and landscape. Caroline's approach to lettercarving is simple; she respects the written word and believes in the importance of lettering as communication. She is an elected member of The Art Workers’ Guild, The Society of Designer Craftsmen and Letter Exchange.

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BA 1st Class Hons Typography & Graphic Communicaiotn University of Reading 1984

Work in Exhibitions

Ian Hamilton Finlay: Wadsworth Atheneum, Connecticut, USA, 1991

Ian Hamilton Finlay: Instruments of Revolution and other works, ICA, London, 1992

Ian Hamilton Finlay: Icons and proposals, Laumeier Sculpture Park and Museum, St Louis, USA,1994

Ian Hamilton Finlay and the Wild Hawthorn Press, Durham University Library,1996

Ian Hamilton Finlay: Variations on several themes, Fundacio Joan Miro, Barcelona, 1999

Ian Hamilton Finlay: Modern Antiquities, Nolan Eckman Gallery, New York, 2000

Letter Exchange 10th anniversary exhibition, Morley Gallery, London, 1998

The Art of Remembering exhibition, Memorials by Artists, Blickling Hall, Norfolk, 1998

Letter Exchange 15th anniversary exhibition, Prince's Foundation, the Alberto Vilar Gallery, London, 2003

Yew Tree exhibition, Salisbury Arts Centre, 2006

Art in the Garden exhibition, Urchfont Manor, Wiltshire, 2007

Art & Memory exhibition, West Dean, Sussex, 2009

Art in the Garden exhibition, Urchfont Manor, Wiltshire, 2009

Wylye Vally Art Trail, Matthew Burt Studio 2015

Salisbury Contemporary Craft Festival 2015

Cutting a dash - The female Line, Lettering & Commemorative Arts Trust, 2015

Salisbury Contemporary Craft Festival 2016

Inspired by the Word Exhibition 2017

Wylye Valley Art Trail 2017, Matthew Burt Studio

Living Letters Exhibition Lettering & Commemorative Arts Trust, 2017

Selected commissions

Chatham House, London

Westminster Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral

St Georges, Brandon Hill, Bristol

St Lawrence Jewry-Next-Guildhall

Christ Church, Spitalfields

Ian Hamilton Finlay & Little Sparta

Faber & Faber Ltd (for Ted Hughes)

Luke Hughes Ltd (Library, Bejing)

Daniel Day Lewis

Michael Harvey

Elena Bonham Carter

Lincoln College Oxford

Reading University

Matthew Burt Ltd

The Royal Mint

Seven Dials Trust

Dean Gallery, Edinburgh

Jupiter Artland Sculpture Garden, Edinburgh

Poetry Library, Edinburgh

George Harrison Memorial Garden

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