Hechle, Ann (5 of 17) National Life Stories Collection: Crafts' Lives

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  • Subjects

    Book arts

  • Recording date

    2004-03-10, 2004-03-14, 2005-04-08

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's home, Somerset

  • Interviewees

    Hechle, Ann, 1939- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Hughes, Hawksmoor (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 5: [Tape 3 Side A] Long description of Edward Johnston’s work, IW’s important move away from his ideas, her opening up of calligraphy and her invention of a new vocabulary in calligraphy. Description of IW’s demanding teaching style. Remarks on IW’s contemporaries’ view of her work. Detailed description of IW’s personal life and character, mentions her marriage to Hubert Wellington. Comments on the gender balance in calligraphy. Description of fellow student Donald Jackson. Description of AH’s NDD (National Diploma in Design) examination piece. Remarks on the lack of development of calligraphy at the time and the students’ pioneering work. Comments on IW not being aware of her influence. Description of AH’s daily routine at the Central. Further description of IW’s teaching method and writing style. Description of AH’s social life and living arrangements, remarks on being slow to grow up. [Tape 3 Side B: Blank]

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    Life story interview with Ann Hechle, calligrapher

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