While organising some files recently, I came across a bit of crafting I did a couple of years ago for a friend's exhibition/workshop held at the V&A as part of the London Design Festival 2013.
Sarah Hyndman's Type Tasting projects were initially aimed at making typography accessible to everyone and for this workshop, she asked a range of people (Ralph Steadman and Alan Kitching included) to make words about creative London that reflect their meaning. My word was 'Hidden Gems' – and I thought it would be a great idea to hand cut the word 'GEMS' – which within it contain a hidden poem – of to reveal the word 'hidden' underneath. At 4am and still hand cutting, I was questioning the 'greatness' of the idea.
But in the end, seeing words hanging on the wall of the V&A, I think it was worth it!
The poem, incidentally, is a fragment of Abraham Cowley's On Repairing to Somerset-House:
And every day there passes by my side,
Up to its wester reach, the London tide,
The spring-tides of the term, my front looks down
On all the pride and business of the town...
My other fair and more majestic face...
Forever gazes on itself below,
In the best mirror that the world can show.