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Storied Vases: Graphic Design + Storytelling

  • MODA 1315 Peachtree Street Northeast Atlanta, GA, 30309 United States (map)

What if objects could talk?

They can and they do across the work of many notable designers, where stories are inscribed on everyday objects — a towel, a cutting board, napkins, a wall, a blanket.

Timothy Goodman, who inspired this workshop, is known for his incredible work re-examining objects by inscribing stories on them, from cars to knives to cafe walls. We’ll be taking inspiration from this designer and exploring the story of an object.

Half writing workshop, half Graphic Design 101, in this workshop we’ll learn how to blend visual and textual modes of expression. We’ll explore an object, tell its story, and represent the story on the object itself. In this workshop, we’ll be exploring the majestic vase. By exposing the stories behind the object on the object itself, we play with levels of meaning around that thing. Together, we'll tease out the stories we each ascribe to a vase and expose those associations on the object itself.


Participation and Materials Fee: $30 for non-members, $25 for MODA members.
This fee covers everything you need to create and bring home your own storied vase: a vase inscribed with your story, a journal to write that story in, a pen, and some take-home worksheets to help you continue telling stories.

Fee includes admission to MODA’s current exhibition, Designing Playful Cities. Appropriate for ages 16+. Please reach out to the facilitator, Jess Lewis if you have questions or accessibility needs.

If you must cancel your plans, please notify us at least 7 days prior to the event start to receive a refund of the ticket cost minus a $10 processing fee per class. Refunds are not available if we are notified less than 7 days prior to the event start. Refunds are not available if you fail to notify us or attend the event. MODA reserves the right to cancel a program if registration for the event does not meet the minimum enrollment requirements. If MODA cancels a program, a full refund will be issued to all registrants.


Jessica Lewis, Public Programming Designer

Jessica joined MODA as a Public Programming Designer in June 2017 after working professionally as a user experience designer in Atlanta and completing degrees in Digital Media from GA Tech and Literature from UNCA. With on-the-ground experience running projects, conducting action research, designing experiences, and facilitating design thinking workshops with myriad stakeholders, she’s excited to bring a large participatory design toolset to MODA.