"For more than a century, typewriters were an essential office tool. The constant click-clack of keys could be heard echoing in the halls of every workplace, providing a constant soundtrack to the workday. But beginning in the 1980s, word processors and computers began edging the humble typewriter out of the office and eventually into the arms of vintage technology collectors. Keira Rathbone is one such collector, but she does much more than lining her shelves with her beloved vintage typewriters. She creates unique, intricate [and awesome] works of art using nothing more than a vintage typewriter and a piece of white paper.
With more than 30 typewriters in her collection, Rathbone has an impressive piece of history at her disposal. She applies characters to the paper one line at a time, carefully going backward and forward to apply layers of shading, just like a painter uses a brush.
London-based Rathbone is something of a performance artist, creating her unusual art in public while wearing the clothing of the era in which that day’s typewriter was produced. Perhaps most incredible of all is the fact that Rathbone creates these works of art with no preliminary sketches. Her expert eye is so well-tuned that she can simply look at the object or scene she wants to paint and recreate it on whichever typewriter she has chosen for the piece. Different character sets from foreign typewriters are especially exciting for this artist, who considers them akin to entirely new palettes for her exploration.”