Leah Stuttard: The Wool merchant and the Harp
How do you give distinctive visual form to fifteenth-century English music?
With elegant Italian typefaces from the same era.
The attention to historical musical sources and the rigour with which Leah Stuttard plays late fifteenth-century ballads and English songs inspired this work. The visual is based on the artwork specially designed by the artist, Sarah Kirby, for the cover. As the typeface, I chose the excellent original character IM FELL Inglese PRO, digitised and processed by Igino Marini on alphabets drawn in England between 1672 and 1692. It is a typeface inspired by the Roman of Nicolas Jenson, used for the first time in 1470 in Venice, and by Ludovico degli Arrighiâ��s Italic used for the first time in Rome in 1527.
Client: Leah Stuttard, London, UK
Agency: Sezione Aurea, Perugia, IT
My work: Art direction, graphic design, packaging, website
Tools: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, WordPress, HTML, CSS