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The Cardozo Kindersley Workshop

152 Victoria Road · Cambridge · CB4 3DZ · Telephone 01223 362170

I Ask About the Sky

David Kindersley 1936–1945: Apprentice into Master.

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Zosia Krasodomska-Jones, Lida Lopes Cardozo Kindersley and Thomas Sherwood

The Cardozo Kindersley Workshop has long been considered amongst the leading stonecutting and lettering workshops in the world. Looking down from such a peak, the path taken can seem obvious, even inevitable. But the view from the bottom is anything but clear. 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. Letters, diary entries and most importantly the stories behind each individual stone reveal the complexities of starting out as an independent craftsman, whilst still developing as an artist, starting a family and dealing with the tumultuous consequences of war. It is clear that whilst certain circumstances aided the young craftsman, it was David’s personal approach to lettering and to business that made him stand out. As anyone familiar with the Cardozo Kindersley Workshop today can attest, it is a philosophy that remains at the heart of the Workshop over 70 years later.

116 pages. Hardback. ISBN 978 1 874426 20 2

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