What better way to mark the first day of August, than with a brilliant new ampersand creation by Katie Wharton. We are assured she fully studied her Latin text book before cutting it up in her homage to the ampersand’s humble origins.
Katie’s design was inspired by tracing the history of this much loved character to the first century AD, where it was originally a ligature of the letters e and t (‘et’ being Latin for ‘and’ if you slept through your Latin lessons).
The finished product is a result of carving through the book using a mixture of machinery and hand carving, alongside a lot of patience and dedication. This mutual love for the ampersand hasn’t gone unappreciated, as it is now sitting in the top spot of Fred & Eric’s book shelf. Thanks Katie!
Katie is currently studying at Nottingham Trent University. Follow Katie on Tumblr here.