This typewriter was my final project for my Kinetic sculpture class, entitled "Hex Code" because it sounded cool and reminded me of all the hexadecimal codes I memorized when planning out my blog design . I bought the actual structure for about $10, took out the ribbon, fixed the stuck keys, and then superglued pieces of felt to a few random keys. I then mixed 13 cups of ink using a mixture of acrylic paints, glycerin and water (the glycerin kept the ink from drying out). The concept behind the piece is that one would sit down to compose a message, and since some of the keys were replaced with color, and the rest had none, only some keystrokes would register on the sheet. In that way, everyone's "letter" would be different, unique, and beautiful, with almost no way for anyone else to translate it.
That being said, I was pretty excited about the end product. I wasn't in the least bit disappointed to find that Tyree Callahan, a Washington-based artist, had created a painting device out of a typewriter, since his creations were painted landscapes, and mine were a form of correspondence. Interestingly though, I'm getting really obsessed with making my own prints. I realized when editing two of the three letters I had written (one for my mother, one for a future lover, and one sentence 4 times that read "Secretarial work is hard. Give them credit.") that these would, in fact, make astounding, highly personalized prints if arranged correctly. So, I took the liberty of arranging some myself, and while these are pretty crude, I can't help imagining what kind of fabric would work best, what cuts would be most appropriate, how much pattern should be on any one article of clothing, etc. I plan to use this to make lots and lots of awesome prints over the summer (though I will say that I most likely won't use them on anything for a long while, due to having a really busy schedule).