Do you have an old typewriter? Where did you find it? Off Craiglist? Did you inherit it? If I had one, I wouldn’t let it go. Yeah, I realize it’s a novelty now, this aesthetic, but I still love it. And, people don’t use it just to make things look twee. Take Stacey Elaine Dacheux, for instance. She used her typewriter to record her life. Instead of broadcasting it all through social media, she pecked away at something older. She explains:
For the month of November, instead of waking up each morning and logging onto Facebook, I sat at the roundabout in the middle of my street, typing status updates on my typewriter from 8 am — 9 am.
There, I logged into my actual community, engaged with neighbors, reported on findings, and mailed off status updates in the traditional post.
That’s how the series the roundabout was formed. After she was done writing, she cut up what she wrote and sent it on collaged handmade postcards through the snail mail. They are what you see here. If you’re interested in reading more about Dacheux, her project was also featured in the LA Times.