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The Cardozo Kindersley Workshop

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The Alphabetician and the Rabbi

ROWAN WILLIAMS WRITES: ‘In this wonderful and surprising book, Lida, the ALPHABETICIAN, and Dan, the RABBI, are busy exchanging thoughts, memories and images of their early lives, exploring how their profession(s) of letters led them to love and fulfilment.’

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The Ins and Outs of Public Lettering

The subject of this book is the Kindersley Workshop’s public face: lettering in the hustle-bustle of everyday life, the importance of making things well

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Sundials: Cutting Time

‘Sundials: Cutting Time’ explores both the science and art of creating sundials in stone.

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Cutting through Nature

Cutting Through Nature captures the essence of Cardozo Kindersley Workshop inscriptions in stone and wood found in natural settings. Each stone is shown in it’s environment with photographs and working drawings to explain the process of creation and cutting of letters by hand, complemented by the thoughts of those concerned.

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The Shingle Street Shell Line

In 2005 two childhood friends, Els and Lida, spent a week in Suffolk after each had been through a year of cancer. On their first long walk along the beach, they picked up some white shells and, sitting down to rest, arranged them around a plant.

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Cutting it in Oxford

The Cardozo Kindersley Workshop publishes its Oxford achievements at last – in the University, the City, the County.

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David Kindersley: The Man

The second graphic story of David Kindersley, the designer craftsman following Eric Gill as the foremost lettercutter of the 20th century. You track the apprentice to the young master, through years of war, family, friends. And always of buoyant invention: in letter design and spacing, alphabets, inscriptions and portraits.

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I Ask About the Sky

Delving into the earliest archives of the Cardozo Kindersley Workshop gives us a snapshot of these first steps in David Kindersley’s journey to mastery, from leaving his apprenticeship with Eric Gill in 1936, to settling into his own workshop in Cambridgeshire in 1945.

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Red Letters All

An inspiring mix of poetry, photography and the subject of its principal focus: lettercutting.

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Set of 12 Alphabet Postcards

A collection of postcards featuring alphabets designed by David Kindersley from 1966 onwards

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David Kindersley: The Boy

The graphic story of David Kindersley growing up: the designer craftsman following Eric Gill as the foremost lettercutter of the 20th century. Discover the seeds of an adventurous life in this boyhood tale – because you have already seen Kindersley Street (the typeface of this book) on every street corner, throughout your own life.

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Playing cards celebrating the centenary of David Kindersley’s birth

To celebrate David Kindersley's Centenary, his son Hallam conceived the idea of a pack of playing cards illustrating his work and legacy. Each card would feature a design by David or by Lida, his wife and present head of the Kindersley Workshop, or by both jointly; all produced in the Workshop in Cambridge, from David's time to the present day.

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Mr Eric Gill: Recollections by David Kindersley

David Kindersley’s story of his apprenticeship with Eric Gill: half a century on from its first publication, this entirely new edition, with fresh illustrations, carries great historic interest. Fiona MacCarthy, the renowned Eric Gill biographer, characterizes it in her foreword as a ‘first hand account, so full of atmosphere and detail’.

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The Vesalius Anatomy Card Game

This anatomy card game celebrates the work of Andreas Vesalius in the quincentenary year of his birth. The illustrations are taken from his De Humani Corporis Fabrica.

This game was inspired by Paul Lopes Cardozo, Professor of Medicine at Leiden University, author of the Atlas of Clinical Cytology. It was created by his daughter Lida, who also designed the typeface Emilida used throughout. These 52 playing cards and the two jokers can also be used as regular playing cards.

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Cutting into the Workshop

Lottie Hoare, Lida Lopes Cardozo Kindersley and Thomas Sherwood

‘Cutting into the Workshop’ is the final volume in the Cambridge University Press series celebrating David Kindersley and the Cardozo Kindersley Workshop. 136 scintillating pages tell the story of David Kindersley and the Workshop, from his youth, and apprenticeship with Eric Gill, through to the remarkable achievements that established his reputation as the lettering man of the second half of the 20th century.

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Remembered Lives

David Meara and Lida Lopes Cardozo Kindersley

Personal memorials make up a wonderful heritage, from Westminster Abbey or St Paul’s Cathedral to the smallest village church. They commemorate the great as well as the humble. And they please both those who believe and those who don’t. So why is it quite hard now to have them installed ?

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Cutting around Cambridgeshire

Thomas Sherwood and Lida Lopes Cardozo Kindersley

In 2010 it was 'Cutting through the Colleges', in 2011 'Cutting across Cambridge' (all published by Cambridge University Press), and now the best yet: the whole county!

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Cutting across Cambridge

Thomas Sherwood and Lida Lopes Cardozo Kindersley

Kindersley inscriptions in the city and university

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Cutting Through the Colleges

Thomas Sherwood and Lida Lopes Cardozo Kindersley

Cutting through the Colleges is a guided tour of the many inspiring Kindersley inscriptions to be found in Cambridge University’s 31 colleges.

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The Annotated Capital: on the thinking behind the capital letter of the Cardozo Kindersley Workshop

Lida Lopes Cardozo Kindersley

This book is about the thinking behind the design and cutting of the classic Roman capital letterform and the philosophy that underpins it in the Cardozo Kindersley Workshop.

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The Cardozo Kindersley Workshop: a guide to commissioning work

Lida Lopes Cardozo Kindersley

This book aims to throw some light on the process of commissioning lettering, clearly setting out the triangular relationship between patron, artist and material.

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Letters for the Millenium: why we cut letters in stone

Emma Lloyd-Jones & Lida Lopes Cardozo Kindersley

Why do we cut letters in stone? To make them last. Why do we want to make them last? This book explores this question, and the value and significance or lettercutting.

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Kindersley at Addenbrooke’s Hospital: About care for people and beauty

W. Graham Cannon & Lida Lopes Cardozo Kindersley

Art in hospitals is now seen as important to the morale of both patients and staff. The hospital approached David Kindersley in the 1960s and began a long collaboration which continues to this day.

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Optical Letter Spacing: For new printing systems

David Kindersley. Edited by Lida Lopes Cardozo Kindersley

A reprint of the original work from the 1950s showing how David Kindersley worked out a formula for typesetting systems that automatically finds the correct letter spacing.

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Apprenticeship: The necessity of learning by doing

Lida Lopes Cardozo Kindersley & Martin Gay Ford (Forward by HRH The Prince of Wales)

The continuing success of the workshop and her belief in the value of apprenticeship has convinced Lida of the urgent need to draw attention to this endangered practice.

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The kindest cut of all

Lida Lopes Cardozo Kindersley & Michael Wheeler

The making of gravestones in the Kindersley Workshop.

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Oxford Handwriting Practice

Lida Kindersley

14 Booklets, 16 pp each.

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Letters Slate Cut

David Kindersley & Lida Lopes Cardozo

Workshop philosophy and practice in the making of letters. Fully illustrated with examples of their work in slate.

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ABC David Kindersley: A life of letters

Introduction by Fiona MacCarthy with contributions from Julian Spalding, Michael Harrison, Eiichi Kono & Lida Lopes Cardozo

Catalogue to the exhibition held at Kettle's Yard Cambridge and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Summer 2000.

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Lasting Letters

Edited by Rosamond McKitterick & Lida Lopes Cardozo

A history of the Benedictine monks of St Albans Abbey from 1077 to 1401, followed by an account of the archaelogical dig. The book explains why abbots were re-buried, and how their names were carved in the slate that covers their new grave.

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Stephen’s History of Saints

Stephen Pepler & Lottie Hoare

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Handwriting Sheets

Patrick Barry

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Graphic Sayings

David Kindersley

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Pure Silk Printed Scarf

Cream and black with gold detail

The letters are Caroline Minuscule from the 9th century as is the poem by Hrabanus Maurus, Archbishop of Mainz.

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Linen Tea Towels

Two striking alphabet designs by the country's leading post-war letter-carver and typeface designer, the late David Kindersley, have been printed onto linen to make unusual tea towels.

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