'Typing has always been a passion of mine and I love the various fonts you can now play around with on a computer which is why I chose “Type” as my topic for August but I want you to think broadly around the word - very broadly!
The Readers Digest Pocket dictionary says: n. person, thing or event serving as an illustration, symbol or specimen; a letter or other character used in printing; collection or fount of this; execute on, or use typewriter.
So think - typewriter, printing machines, keys (as on a typewriter), fonts, letters and numbers used in different ways - correspondence, calligraphy, illuminated letters, signs etc
Remember, also, it can be used as both a verb (“he typed the words …”) and a noun (“he wrote her the type of letter she loved”) so that hopefully opens up a whole host of images you can use.'
For my first piece I made an A3 mixed media piece. The centre of the page was a photo of a graffiti covered door I took in London many years ago. I added some more brickwork round the photo with structure paste to carry on the wall idea. The red, black and white face in the middle was inspired by a lesson from Mareike Blokland in 'Art is Magic', who inspired us to draw different types (of people) and to use different types of writing and script to add interest to our pages. I added various words, including peace, love and music. Then I cut Mr Umbrella Man from an old calendar page, so he is a type with types. This gives us a type wearing types looking at a type surrounded by various types of script, including a piece of a torn, handwritten letter: