Many Waters, 2018
After a year Wenham left research and for the next 23 years taught in secondary, primary and special schools, with 9 years’ lecturing at the University of Leicester. He first exhibited his letter-cutting work in 1982; since 1984 it has been shown in the major British exhibitions of lettering arts. Wenham’s work is held in the Crafts Council’s Permanent Collection and in private collections in Britain, the USA, Germany, Japan and Puerto Rico.
The lettering is the first use of an italic alphabet designed to emphasize movement and rhythm. the shape of the wood is exactly as Wenham received it. It seemed to suit these words particularly well because, like love, the shape doesn't conform to any rules, but is simply itself.
The words are from the bible: Song of Songs Chapter 8, verse 7.
Featured in Martin Wenham: The Art of Letter Carving in the Wood, by Martin Wenham, 2022.
A free copy of Martin Wenham’s new book Martin Wenham The Art of Letter Carving, published by Crowood Press (price £25), will accompany each purchase from the exhibition.
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