The beauty of the naked letter

Today hand made lettering is finally being recognised as art in it’s own right.

For me this is no breaking news as I have always painted letters rather like I do portraits… as I see them they are individual characters.

The mark of a great letter is fairly complex on the one side and in some cases the very opposite of that in it’s immediacy and simple first impression ‘hit’.

A letter must be alive.

It shouldn’t rely on over dressing.

It requires love, desire and dedication. All the good things.

I paint mine but it doesn’t matter at all how they are created. As longs as they are crafted from the heart.

Lettering detail D Original Features Hornsey London NGS signwriters

Nick Garrett