Annet Stirling, one half of ‘Incisive Letterwork’, trained as a graphic designer in the Netherlands before studying lettering at the City and Guilds of London Art School with Berthold Wolpe, and then finishing her education as an apprentice with Richard Kindersley.
In 1988 she formed Incisive Letterwork with Brenda Berman, focusing on large-scale architectural inscriptions and ‘word sculpture’, working extensively with Ian Hamilton Finlay designing and overseeing major projects in Glasgow, Hamburg and Karlsruhe.
‘Incisive’ travelled throughout Italy on a Churchill Fellowship studying Roman and Renaissance inscriptions and we have held several solo exhibitions exploring the boundaries of legibility and abstraction in letterform.
The physical aspect of working with raw stone and the exploration of the marks that tools can make have influenced our designing and the way we carve. All this has lead to a continuing love affair with a Dorset quarry where we have spent a considerable amount of time over the years.
At Annet’s Amersham studio exhibition pieces are worked on alongside memorials and commercial commissions that have included designing and carving lettering for The National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Royal Opera House and the Festival Hall amongst others.