Incisive Letterwork was formed in 1988 by Brenda Berman and Annet Stirling. They first met at the City and Guilds of London Art School where they studied lettering with Berthold Wolpe. Brenda Berman had previously trained as a painter at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham, Annet Stirling as a graphic designer at the AKI Enschede, Netherlands.

Incisive Letterwork focuses on large scale architectural inscriptions and word sculpture.

The physical aspect of working with raw stone, the exploration of the marks tools can make and a working relationship with a Dorset quarry all influence their designing and the way they carve.

In 1996 they where awarded a Churchill Fellowship and travelled in Italy studying marble and Roman and Renaissance inscriptions.

They have exhibited in all recent major lettering exhibitions and continue to explore the boundaries of legibility and abstraction in letterform.

 


Qualifications
Brenda Berman

1977 Lettering, City and Guilds of London Art School
1958 Painting, Bath Academy of Art, Corsham
Annet Stirling
1976 Lettering, City and Guilds of London Art School
1972 Graphic Design, AKI Enschede, Netherlands

Training and work experience 
Annet Stirling
1977/80 Apprentice to Richard Kindersley

Teaching experience 
Brenda Berman
1980/96 Teaching, Lettering Department, City and Guilds of London Art School
1989/93 Head of Lettering Department, City and Guilds of London Art School
Annet Stirling
1982/96 Teaching, Lettering Department, City and Guilds of London Art School

Professional societies 
Founder Members of Letter Exchange
Fellows of Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society

Slide libraries 
Crafts Council, London
Southern Arts, Winchester
Design, Ripon
Art Point, Oxford
AXIS, Leeds

Collections 
Crafts Council Collection, London
Julian Francis Collection

Areas of work 
Exhibiting, Private commissions, Public art

Skills 
Letter cutting, Carving, Sculpture, Calligraphy

Languages spoken 
Dutch, German, French, English