Mervi Pakaste – Blackletter Body



edition of 8

dimensions in inches: 11 x 17 x 2

About this piece:
The process for this book begun during my visit to the Rob Roy Kelly Wood Type collection in Austin, Texas last summer. I had an opportunity to work with the actual type collection, during which I found some gorgeous blackletter wood type. I find the old blackletter type extremely beautiful, though hard to read. I printed out specimen sheets from the type and begun to work with the letterforms visually once back home. I wanted to concentrate to the visual aspects of this type rather than writing with it, and this book is one of the pieces I created. I wanted to explore the form and flow of the typeface as well as expose people to the beauty of these letterforms.

paper, ink

About the artist:
Lives and works in Manhattan, Kansas, United States.

Born and raised in Finland, Mervi Pakaste now works as an Associate Professor at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. Ms. Pakaste earned her Bachelor’s Degree at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania after which she moved back to Finland work in design. Eventually, she decided to pursue her Master’s Degree and graduated from Penn State in 2004. Ms. Pakaste has lectured on design nationally as well as internationally, and brings a multicultural perspective into her work. Along with professional design practice, Ms. Pakaste works in Letterpress and Book Arts.


Mervi Pakaste – Blackletter Body