Cherrell was a resident calligrapher at the V&A for six months. It is interesting how people develop from their experiences where everything somehow conspires to make a whole. Cherrell studied the letters, artefacts and artworks, did numerous drawings and sketches – the first etching happened in response to the Letter Exchange ’26 Words’ exhibition where her random word was ‘acidulate’. The etching is done as a positive on copper, rather than a template for pulling prints and has been richly patinated with acrylics and an oxidising agent. I love the way the letters meander off the plate. I think it is this that makes the compostion of randomly dropped letters work so well.