The Scottish Lettercutters Association (SLA), is a group of professional letter cutters working to develop and promote the art of hand-cut lettering in Scotland.
The SLA, established in 2000, sets out to inform members of the public and professional bodies in Scotland and further afield about contemporary lettercutting. We are a commissioning and publicity agency, as well as a forum for members and others interested in lettercutting.
Our work includes commemorative, architectural and public lettering projects and sculptural pieces. It ranges from the traditional to the informal, mainly in stone and wood.
ABOUT THE SLA
The primary focus of our work as lettering artists and craftsmen is the design process, whether in making memorial stones, commemorative plaques, art pieces or house names.
The process of drawing and designing letters is fundamental to our work and it can take more time than the carving of letters. It involves mixing traditional techniques with modern digital design using classical and contemporary letter forms. Letters are carved by hand using mallet and chisels, and may be incised or relief-cut.
The choice of stone, wood or other materials depends on the purpose of the piece of work, its intended location and the type of lettering chosen. These options are discussed fully with the client at the point of commissioning.
Our concern in design is with form, rhythm, spacing and overall composition. Once the design has been developed and agreed we source and prepare the material, then transfer the design to it ready for cutting.
Through workshops, exhibitions and regular meetings, the SLA nurtures and supports contemporary lettercutting and encourages development, innovation and creative expression. Over the years we have had a number of visiting speakers from within the lettering arts. A number of SLA members have run workshops in different parts of the country.
MEMBERS OF THE SLA
The Scottish Lettercutters Association welcomes Professional, Associate and Honorary members. For further information, or to speak with someone about commissioning a piece of work, please contact the SLA
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