Three centuries of typewriter art

The idea of ‘live typing’ sounds like less of an intriguing performance, more like a fact of everyday life to most office workers.

Typewriter art by Keira Rathbone

Source: ©Keira Rathbone

Typewriter art by Keira Rathbone

However, in the context of an upcoming talk at St Bride’s, the notion takes on an entirely new quality.

Next week, the book arts, typography and design library is hosting a talk by Barrie Tullett about typewriter at over three centuries.

Typewriter Art

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Typewriter Art

As well as co-founding artists’ book publisher The Caseroom Press, Tullett is also senior lecturer in graphic design at the Lincoln School of Art and Design, and has recently typed up his very own book – Copies of Typewriter Art: A Modern Anthology.

Typewriter Art

Source: Courtesy of Laurence King

Typewriter Art

It’s this history of typewriter art he’ll be expanding on at the talk, demonstrating how the practice has been used in art, design, poetry and other writing over the last 300 years.

Modern-day typewriter artist Keira Rathbone will be ‘live typing’ throughout the event, aiming to prove “how this most rigorous and unforgiving of machines still inspires today”, according to St Bride’s.

Typewriter art by Keira Rathbone

Source: ©Keira Rathbone

Typewriter art by Keira Rathbone

Tullett’s talk From Q to M – three centuries of typewriter art takes place on 24 September at 7pm at St Bride’s Library, 14 Bride Ln, London EC4Y 8EQ. Tickets are priced at £15.  For more information visit http://www.sbf.org.uk/library

Typewriter Art

Source: Courtesy of Laurence King

Typewriter Art

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