Tom Perkins

An early study of calligraphy gave me an appreciation of the rhythm and movement of written forms. When transferred to other ways of making letterforms these characteristics can provide an antidote to the increasingly mechanistic letters so prevalent today.

We need the intimate and human qualities which the use of simple tools in direct contact with stone, wood and paper can give now more than ever – we need to make letters live.

Born Plymouth 1957, foundation year Plymouth College of Art & Design, studied calligraphy at Reigate School of Art & Design. Assistant to Richard Kindersley mid 1970s. Taught calligraphy & lettering at Roehampton Institute 1980s/90s. Set up my own workshop in Sutton, Cambs in 1982, letter carving and some graphic work. Commissions include work at Westminster Abbey, Ely Cathedral, Southwark Cathedral, the Queen's Gallery, Boots plc, royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama, Hyperion records, British Medical Association, St. Martin-in-the-fields. Work in the collections of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, and the Crafts Study Centre, University of the Creative Arts, Surrey.

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