Characters: Letterforms & Visual Storytelling

Array of metal shapes
a student holds up a colorful poster
Student and instructor look over a project

Date: July 8–17 , 2020 (ONLINE)
Medium: Paper
Instructor: Erin Beckloff (email)
Skill Level: All

Inspired by letterpress printing methods and concepts, themes of the workshop will include the
modularity of typography and pattern; storytelling; and community. Using found objects
complemented by a paper-based kit of parts, projects will embrace the nature of the hand in
the work and the creativity of working with the limitations of materials. Explorations will
include collage, cut paper, foam stamps, and simple book structures. Simple projects are
adaptable for an artist, designer or educator to tailor to their areas of interest for future idea
generation or remote adaptation. Over the 1-1/2 week remote learning course, students will
engage with the instructor and classmates in live presentations, discussions and critiques
balanced with tutorial videos and time to create with your hands.

At this time, registration for Characters: Letterforms & Visual Storytelling is closed.

Supply List

A list of supplies for you to purchase, along with recommended vendors, will be provided upon registration .


Non-Credit: $330
1.5 Credit Undergrad: $837.48
1.5 Credit Grad Special Rate: $427.50

About the Instructor

Erin Beckloff is a letterpress printer, designer, educator, and filmmaker who preserves anecdotal and technical knowledge of printing history and culture. Her research explores the letterpress community’s expansiveness through time and how the letterpress printing process will survive through educating others in the craft. She is the co-director and writer of Pressing On: The Letterpress Film, a documentary about the survival of letterpress and the remarkable printers who preserve the history and knowledge of the craft.

She serves as an Assistant Professor of Communication Design at Miami University and holds an MFA in Graphic Design from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Erin disseminates her research through public and educational engagement. She has given presentations at two Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum Wayzgoose conferences; ATypI Antwerp; UCDA Design Education Summit; Type@Cooper New York; College Book Art Association Conferences; as well as taught workshops and lectured at universities across the US and UK.