Dr. Kari Nixon’s Victorian Literature course (EL375) intermittently participates in hands-on activities called Re-Mix assignments. During these interactive class periods, Dr. Nixon and her students explore the culture of the Victorian time period in an experiential way. The class’ most recent Re-Mix assignment interacted with the print-making process of Victorian calling cards with the help of professor Robert Fifield.
Victorian calling cards were used and shared mostly by upper-class men and women to arrange social gatherings. Much like texting is used today, calling cards created a “call and response” relationship between users. Whitworth’s Victorian Literature students created their own calling card designs-some of which were authentically inspired while others were modern-day emoji adaptations. The experience also taught them the basics of Victorian printing methods such as letterpress and lithography.
Check out these photos for a closer look into the print-making process of Victorian Calling Cards, and sign up for Victorian Literature, EL 375 for the Spring Semester!