Lisi Ashbridge

2019 QEST David Blackburn Scholar - Letter Carving

Based on her background in visual recognition, art and design, self-taught stone letter carver Lisi uses traditional handheld specialised tools to create expressive alternatives to machine cut lettering for sculptures, plaques and memorials. Her QEST David Blackburn Scholarship is enabling her to undertake one to one tuition with Caroline Webb, one of the leading letter carvers in the country. Lisi’s aim is to increase her typographical awareness, refine her drawing and carving techniques and to learn to carve letters in wood, as well as stone. She is also committed to raising awareness of the craft by being a member of Letter Exchange and heavily involved in her local Open Studios, opening her workshop to the public and performing public carving demonstrations.

From a young age, Lisi has always been fascinated by letters and their shapes. Her professional life started off with a degree and PhD in Neuroscience and she did extensive post doctoral research at Oxford University trying to understand how the brain recognises shapes. This interest is still carried on in her work and inspired by themes as diverse as poetry, history, philosophy, science and the landscape, her work makes a dramatic focal point, or a deeply intimate tribute or message.