Sweet Potato Printing of Letterforms

Learning typography can be tough sometimes because it is a lot of structure and rules. I try and break up my curriculum with some hands on and more expressive ways of handling type. This year I decided to try cutting letterforms out of sweet potatoes and using them as stamps on fabric. The students had an in-depth look at the letterform they were carving and had to consider every detail and curve. 

Learning how to carve and print with sweet potatoes. A single print from each student in the class. 

Learning how to carve and print with sweet potatoes. A single print from each student in the class. 

Different patterns made from the sweet potato stamps hand-carved by my students. 

Different patterns made from the sweet potato stamps hand-carved by my students.