It all started when Manuela, the maker behind textpresso, came across her first typewriter at a flea market in Holland and became fascinated with what can be done on these machines.
Since 2019, and very much in the spirit of the concrete poetry movement from the 60s, textpresso has been an ongoing playful experiment that uses words and linguistic elements to make visual work and alternative poetry. Through the use of primarily analog tools, textpresso is a gently radical practice in that it advocates for a slow making process and the value of the handmade in a fast-paced and content-hungry digital age.
The weapons of choice are an Erika model 34 and more recently, an Olivetti Lexikon 80. Currently typing from Amsterdam, the Netherlands.