Type Case Collage

With only a type case and a single word to guide me, I set about crafting my first ever entry into The Museum of Printing‘s Annual Type Case Decoration competition.

"Hemingway" Beth J. Noel © 2011

“Hemingway” Beth J. Noel © 2011, mixed media (paper, acetate, reclaimed typewriter keys)

The case I received upon entry was a former home to the typeface typewriter.  Using that single word as my guide I began researching typewriters, their history, their mechanics and the stories they were used to create.  It was this research that led me to Ernest Hemingway‘s famed quote, “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a type writer an bleed.”

"Hemingway" detail Beth J. Noel © 2011

“Hemingway” detail Beth J. Noel © 2011, mixed media (paper, acetate, reclaimed typewriter keys)

The organic flowing movement of blood contrasting against the black cold metal of a typewriter grabbed hold of my creative attention. Being someone who loves the art of printing and all the mechanisms, tools and bits associated with it, I found great pleasure in using my case as a stage for visualizing Hemingway’s words. It seemed appropriate for letter forms to find their way back into the nooks and crannys of the wooden case.

The case will be on display at the museum until October 2011.

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