Letters from Buenos Aires
with Muk Monsalve
Take a journey through the locations and architectural details in Buenos Aires that inspired a typographic textile.
Since 2018, Muk Monsalve has been hosting and curating type walks around Buenos Aires with her art and business partner, Lucía Soto. This project, called Letra Capital, allows them to highlight and share the love they feel while walking their city.
When their type walks halted during the pandemic, they developed a souvenir for Letra Capital: a typographic scarf recreating the journey. They had so much fun developing it that the product ended up becoming a collection called Musa del Asfalto. The scarves and cover ups are not only beautiful, they also tell stories through their design, type, and phrases. The typefaces they use in the collection, Arrabal and Ciudadela, were custom designed–not revivals–and take direct inspiration from landmarks and landscapes of Buenos Aires.
Letterform Lectures are a public aspect of the Type West postgraduate program. The series is co-presented by the San Francisco Public Library, where events are free and open to all.
Muk Monsalve is a graphic and type designer from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Passionate about letter making, she also teaches how to use them, draw them, and make stuff with them at the University of Buenos Aires (FADU) and in the National University of Arts (UNA). She loves materials and experimentation, and gets bored super fast, which is why she doesn’t only draw letters on the computer, but likes to experiment with making them outside of the shiny box. So, apart from doing the obvious drawing on paper/cardboard/whatever (which is super FUN!), Muk also makes huge letter installations, type-walks and typographic scarves with @Defreneticas and @musadelasfalto. She got her BA in Graphic Design at The University of Buenos Aires (FADU) and her MA in The Netherlands at the Royal Academy of Art, KABK.