Fergus Wessel MSDC
Stone Work & Letter Carving
Having grown up playing with type on the floor of the Whittington Press, Fergus has always been surrounded by lettering and good typography stemming from the tradition of Eric Gill.
His work is always evolving, although the principles of good spacing and design are always at the core of his work. He has worked with many architects and institutions in Oxford including the Holywell Music Room which won an Oxford Preservation Trust Award. He also worked with sundial expert Mark Lennox-Boyd on an Egyptian Sundial Obelisk and most recently, a new Canopy of Stars in the paving around the Royal Albert Hall. He also makes fine, hand-carved headstones, and Stoneletters won an award in 2016 for the Best Maker of Hand Carved Headstones in the UK.
Whatever piece he is working on, he strives for perfection. Nothing is hurried and he is not afraid to look back at examples set by past masters and indeed civilisations such as the Egyptians. He prefers classical lettering to the more organic, calligraphic letterforms which tend to dominate lettering today.
Stroud School of Art 1990 -1992
Falmouth School of Art 1992 – 1994
Winchcombe Pottery 1994 – 2000 trained under Ray Finch
Cardozo Kindersley Workshop 2000 – 2003
He completed his apprenticeship with a merit, and was offered a permanent position.
Arnold House School, St John’s Wood
Brasenose College, Oxford
Corinne Bailey Rae
Lord Butler of Brockwell
Cornbury Park, Charlbury
Sir David John
Royal Commonwealth Society
St Edmund Hall, Oxford
Trinity College, Oxford
Upper Latymer School, Hammersmith
The Royal Albert Hall
Sir Mark Lennox-Boyd
Holywell Music Room, Oxford
British Antarctic Memorial Trust
The Earl of Wemyss & March
New College, Oxford
Bodleian Library, Oxford