Artist Creates Portraits Using A Vintage Typewriter As A Brush

Artist Creates Portraits Using A Vintage Typewriter As A Brush

Replacing traditional art tools with the keys of the old machines, Keira Rathbone revisits an era of history while merging it with a modern print style.

Lamya Hussain
  • 11 april 2012

Keira Rathbone is bringing back an essential office tool by creating intricate artworks with nothing more than a vintage typewriter. By applying characters to the paper one line at a time and then going backwards and forwards over the same spot, she creates layers of shading similar to a painter using a brush. Her work is akin to ASCII art, except analog rather than digital. However, a digital canvas would not allow for the same detailed layers seen in Rathbone’s work.

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