Ligatures to Lichen was created by Lynne Baggett as a means to present research, images, and foster dialog between experts and enthusiasts on the subject of early incised letterforms found on stone grave markers.
The idea for this project began at an ATypI (Association Typographic Internationale) lecture presented in Brighton, UK by Lynne and William Baggett in 2007, which featured research from grave markers from the British Isles c16-18 centuries. After discussion with Sumner Stone and Mathew Carter, (in attendance at the conference) a mutual interest was discovered, in particular, the documentation of idiosyncrasies that exist in incised letterforms, and their historical significance in typographic design history.
As attention is now directed toward the New England area c1640-1750, with contributions from Sumner Stone, Matthew Carter, Paul Shaw, and William Baggett (co-collaborators and designers who have enjoyed their own typographic ramblings through the lichen) the ligs2lichen project was created. As research is documented, updated, and dialog expanded, this blog will serve as an important resource for those who share an interest in the unique characteristics of incised letterforms created by the early stonemason.
If you are interested in contributing to this site, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org