Homage To The Typewriter
screened, discharged, cotton, linen and organza fabric
Communication - my mind immediately started dancing with images of telephones ( NOT cell
phones! ), letters, typefaces, advertisements, cave drawings, pens, typewriters.
Ahhhh....typewriters! My sister owns two antique ones so I thought it would be fun to photograph them, and I was "off and running" and very happy to have settled on a subject matter so quickly.
A few weeks into the project I was looking on Pinterest ( I am addicted ) when I saw some postage stamps that shifted the way that I was planning on making my piece, into something a bit more personal
and fun/whimsical: design and create my own postage stamp!
The name and address, which is mostly hidden on the envelope, was enlarged and screened from a letter that my grandfather mailed to his mother and sister from Switzerland in 1910. As the postmark on that envelope was from Luzern, and I was creating a U.S. stamp I wanted an old U.S. postmark. The one that I used is from another letter mailed to a relative in 1905 from Boston, MA.
A little information about the history of the typewriter is screened on to organza, and unfortunately a piece of thread ( that I did not see until just a few days ago! ) is also fused between the organza and "envelope".
Close-up of "postage stamp"
Close-up of brief history of the typewriter