Never Say Never

by Sherry Riter in Art  ,Different


I am almost speechless…

I thought inhaling Alice was phenomenal, but today I am amazed by a 25 year old woman with an orange 1960’s Silver Reed 100 typewriter. Her name is Keira Rathbone and she spends up to 90 hours hitting the different keys of the typewriter thousands of times until she has produced a work of art. She only uses about one ink ribbon a year as she types over and over in the same places to produce the shading in her pictures. She constantly winds the paper with her left hand while hitting the keys with her right index finger moving from section to section. Keira does not draw the picture with a pencil first…she just types it from her mind while looking at the object.

Before you laugh, one of her pieces of art sold for £500. For all Americans, I used this great website to convert that to dollars and it turned out to be $848.40!

This first clip is a news report which will make your mouth gape open as you watch her.

The next clip doesn’t have any words. I love typing. I love words. I love being alone. I even like repetitive movements, but if I had to stick around Keira while she typed her art, I WOULD GO CRAZY. Watch this and tell me if you are ever going to think your children aggravate you again…

Here is Keira’s website and gallery:

Webster’s definition of “succeeding” is “to turn out well or to attain a desired object or end”

Do you think you can succeed in your heart’s desire now that you have watched Keira on her old typewriter?

Action is the foundational key to all success.
~Pablo Picasso~

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Under the Influence August 4, 2009 at 8:29 am

Another supercool video! Thanks.


2 Monkey's Momma August 4, 2009 at 10:30 am

Very interesting! It goes to show you that art can be produced with almost anything!


3 natalee August 4, 2009 at 10:40 am

Keiras work is absolutely mindblowing.. I was a fine art education major in college an I always was fascinated with pointillism so to speak..It just amazes me how truly talented people are with everyday objects… Pepole who create beautifyl masterpieces with things like etch a sketches,sand,etc…are truly ingenious!!! Great post.. LOL!!the clicking of the typewriter was aggravating maybe thats why shes out in the Hugs!!! Natalee


4 Jane In The Jungle August 4, 2009 at 1:19 pm

That is truly amazing! I'm always in awe at what some people can do and to take something like an old typewriter and to do art, wow!
That clicking would make me whack!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


5 Kimi August 4, 2009 at 1:44 pm

The typewriter noise would make me a little nutty. I wonder if the sound of the keyboard when I really get going makes my husband crazy, lol.


6 Stacey August 4, 2009 at 2:48 pm

Wow! That is amazing. I would of never thought you could do anything like that with a typewriter.


7 Scrappy Girl August 4, 2009 at 4:55 pm

It is so interesting to see the different forms of art…amazing!

Btw…I am having a surprise giveaway over on my blog to celebrate 500 posts!


8 Ali August 4, 2009 at 5:31 pm

Amazing! I would agree with the other commenters that the clicking would be a little grating too!


9 siteseer August 4, 2009 at 5:40 pm

what a vision.


10 The Blonde Duck August 4, 2009 at 6:06 pm

That's really neat!


11 Tabitha@ichoosebliss August 4, 2009 at 7:07 pm

She is most Amazing!!


12 B Boys Mom August 4, 2009 at 7:49 pm

Wow! I don't even know what to say. Her art is very good. I sure know I couldn't do it. Wow


13 Teresha and Damon August 4, 2009 at 7:57 pm

Is it me, or are the British always having a better time? When DH and me visited London last summer, the first thing we noticed was how 'perk' everyone seemed to be. the second thing was their sharp tongues…very witty, but sarcastic.


14 ? Teresa ? August 4, 2009 at 9:52 pm

That is truly AMAZING! Thanks for sharing.

Teresa <><


15 Kimberly August 5, 2009 at 12:16 am

Oh my gosh, that is amazing!!!


16 Kelly's Ideas August 5, 2009 at 5:37 am

Love her office..


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