July 7, 2008

Training in letters

I took these photos a few days ago, when we were still up north, in Yorkshire.

We visited the National Railway Museum, which - okay, I confess! - I thought I might find it dull. Instead, I found some design delights!

How about the colours and shapes of these signals, against the big blue roof?

- Or the lettering and that big fat W.

Best of all, I think, was the hand-painted lettering on this wonderfully-restored train.

Look at how the shadows are made of diagonals of red and green. It works!

And here's the whole thing for perspective.

It's industrial design, and it could inspire some stitching composition, or perhaps I'll try that lettering style.


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