W. A. Dwiggins had strong connections to Hanover, New Hampshire, and so does Bruce Kennett, author of the recently published biography W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design.
Dwiggins (1880–1956) was the quintessential maker: best known as a designer of books and printing types, he was also accomplished at calligraphy, illustration, painting, printmaking, sculpture, furniture design, and kite-making. He wrote widely on subjects from graphic arts and publishing to his own ction and fantasy, and was celebrated for his wit. At his home in Hingham, Massachusetts, he built two private marionette theaters; he wrote the plays, designed the sets and lighting, and engineered more than fty marionettes. To this day his techniques are studied in puppetry circles. Come for a glimpse of this loving and creative spirit. Books will be available, along with postcards that showcase Dwiggins’s use of line, shape, and color.
Left Bank Books
9 South Main Street (Upstairs)
Hanover, New Hampshire
Free and open to the public.
Book designer, photographer, and teacher Bruce Kennett lives in rural New England. After earning a B.A. in humanities and working as an architect and printer, he moved to Austria to study calligraphy and book design with Friedrich Neugebauer, and later translated Neugebauer’s The Mystic Art of Written Forms. During the 1980s, he was the managing director of Maine’s renowned Anthoensen Press, and since then has maintained his own studio working with clients such as the Folger Shakespeare Library, Boston College Law School, the Grolier Club, L.L. Bean, and the Mount Washington Observatory. In the peaceful surroundings of his country studio, Bruce designs illustrated books and exhibition graphics, and makes large-scale murals of his photographs.
Bruce has collected the work of W. A. Dwiggins since 1972, and has been writing and lecturing about him since 1980. His comprehensive biography, W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design, captures the inspiring accomplishments and wit of this amazing artist.