Text that appears in places other than on a piece of paper basically makes me wet my pants. Maybe it’s because I look at paper all day long, so then when I find people writing on un-paper, or un-screen, to limit it even more, my eyeballs start salivating at the thought of a new surface.
Karen Reimer was one of the first people I came across, a number of years ago, who was involved with text on fabric.
Here’s a receipt she embroidered:
She embroidered lots of awesome found objects: a torn open Equal packet, a house blueprint, a page of a newspaper.
Then I think she got tired of being the person who embroidered things that normally appeared on paper and started making stuff like this:
This stuff felt exciting because it seemed destructive, a little more savage, less refined.
But now she’s quilting prime numbers:
I like numbers, too, but I think I need a new obsession.
Does anyone else have this penchant? On what other surfaces do you have a hankering to see text?
There’s of course this:
What else? Why?