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Kindersley Slate

Exhibition Piece: This Kindersley slate renamed the library in memory of the Impington Village College warden, Sylvia West, who passed away in 1997. It is a fine example of local, hand-made slate craftsmanship. The plaque is one of three created by the Kindersley workshop that exist within the College.

By Judith Brown, Librarian; IVC

We have three plaques around the College which were made by The Cardozo Kindersley Workshop.   The workshop continues today to promote the Arts and Crafts inspired ethos of hand-craftsmanship and creative independence.

The beautiful plaque outside the library formally renamed the purpose built space in 2001 following the sudden death of Dr Sylvia West, College Warden, from pneumonia.

At the turn of the 21st century, Lida Lopes Cardozo spoke about the similarities between architecture and letter carving:

"Both share the basic principles of living: freedom and discipline, beauty and usefulness."

Think about the elements of the design used for the plaque:

  • What is the plaque made of?  Consider how the material looks and feels, and how it fits into the surroundings.
  • Think about the size and shape of the plaque and the type of lettering used.  Look at the edge - mouldings used around the edge can make the appearance less severe.
  • Has any colour, texture or gilding been used?
  • Has the plaque weathered and aged?

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