Matt Loughlin

Matt Loughlin is a traditionally trained letter-cutter and stone carver based in Somerset, England.

Originally from New York, Matt worked as a fashion graphic designer internationally for over a decade before settling in England, where he discovered his passion for the ancient craft of letter-cutting.

In addition to holding an Associate of Applied Science and Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design, Matt spent several years as an apprentice to a master letter-cutter before starting his own practice - The Memorial Workshop.

In addition to creating fine art and sculpture, which he exhibits widely, Matt also undertakes international commissions for bespoke gravestones and monuments.

Recent clients include St. Edmund's College, University of Cambridge and the Royal Literary Fund.

Describe your approach to teaching
My goal is to try and work with students on a one-on-one basis as much as possible, while still fostering collaborative and creative exchange within the class as a whole.

In addition to showing students the practical side of carving letters, special emphasis is set on the process of design itself: working out a concept from the ground up, creating appropriate elements, and drawing and construction of letterforms - both historical and contemporary.

What inspires your own work
I am a great lover of art and history, and so both things inform my work. I draw inspiration from a wide variety of sources: everything from historical monuments and folk art to traditional calligraphy and modern art. I hope to create work that inspires people to pause and reflect and appreciate life - in all its wonder, drama and complexity.

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