• Steven Heller

Recalling W.A. Dwiggins’ Studio

It was mecca for a rarefied type and design connoisseur. W.A. Dwiggins’ studio across from his colonial-styled home at 30 Leavitt St. in Hingham, Mass., was the citadel of Dwiggania, and the home of Dorothy Abbe, long-time Dwiggins colleague and keeper of the WAD flame. The maestro lived in Hingham until he passed on Christmas day, 1956.

Although it was clear that Ms. Abbe inhabited the premises, it was a living monument to Dwig’s passion for type, printing and marionette performance. Upstairs was a loft-like living quarters while downstairs was a marionette theater, print shop and storage. The entire house was filled with the things that Dwiggins had made by hand—typefaces, book bindings, lampshades, theater tickets, mailing labels and so much more.

Louise Fili and I made frequent visits to the mecca, spending time with Ms. Abbe and planning the ITC Exhibition (photo at bottom) of Bill’s work. These other photographs were my ad hoc attempt at documentation. Apologies for the quality, but the essence of the experience is apparent.

Typographic Treasures: W.A. Dwiggins exhibit at ITC Gallery, curators: Dorothy Abbe, Louise Fili, Steven Heller.

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