Typewriter Art History

Though Stacey may have well produced more typewriter art before her famous butterfly, none of it is preserved and the anonymous plate from the 1893 manual is now considered the first recorded example of “art-typing.”

Though early typewriter art made its mark, the golden age of the discipline was still decades away — it wasn’t until the concrete poetry movement of the 1950s–1970s, best described as concerned with “poetry that appeals to the eye and not the ear,” that the typewriter became a commonly embraced artistic medium.

Source: A Visual History of Typewriter Art from 1893 to Today – Brain Pickings

The Ancestors of ASCII Art

I especially like the idea that these styles of art, ASCII art, typewriter art, teletext and others, keep coming, without influence one from the other even. Just something people get an idea to make when they site down at the machine.

Though it is still around today, ASCII art reached the zenith of its popularity before the web. It was the visual language of BBSs, Telnet, and many other pre-WWW networks. In a wholly text-based world, these works proliferated. For the brief moment that modems were the preferred mode of access to other computers, they were useful. And their sketchy aesthetic seemed right for mediums that were provisional and changing rapidly.

These things did not evolve one from the other, so much spontaneously regenerate down through the years, time and again.

Source: The Lost Ancestors of ASCII Art – The Atlantic

Nadine Faye James Seems to be Missing

I posted a link to her site and one of her images awhile ago. Today, when checking her site, I found it gone. So I went looking for her and, in particular, her typewriter art. I found some but, no trace of herself yet. Contemporary art disappears so quickly once the artist site is gone. All the other sources soon have current artists to promote. Nadine has a few styles and modes of art, typewriter portraits seem to be her biggest hit but they were done quickly, as people waited. I like her art which includes elaborated typewritten characters in a drawing or cut out snowflakes. A very mixed media artist. Someone described her work as analog, that sort of covers it.

I studied illustration at U.W.E Bristol and the Royal Collage of Art and graduated in 2001. Since then I have been working as an illustrator. My work is produced using pen and ink, photocopies, Omnicrom, letterpress, Letraset, typewriters and occasional screen print. I like to collect stationery, make books, draw animals, (especially dogs) and drink lots of tea while I’m working.

Quoted from Nadine Faye James.

The following sites wrote a profile about Nadine and her art, some of them also sell her art (still):

It’s Nice That

Illustrators

Letterology

Flow Magazine

Crust Station

Stereohype