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james cook's typewriter art


You might assume that the only people using typewriters today are poets who take themselves too seriously. Who also wear berets. And spend all day teasing their moustache. Thankfully, British artist James Cook does none of those, though he does create some novel works using this old-school technology. James picked up his first typewriter in 2014 and has been typing up portraits and landscape art ever since. His work looks like a pencil etching from afar, but up close is where you can spot the detailed rows of inky letters and symbols. James draws inspiration from Paul Smith – an artist who navigated severe cerebral palsy by creating on the typewriter – and takes anywhere between a week and a month to whip up a piece. If you’re curious, take a look at his process over on Instagram – it’s pretty rad stuff.

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