Gift pick No. 24: L.A. Marler typewriter pillows, prints, cards

Using vintage typewriters as inspiration, Santa Monica artist Louise Anne Marler crafts whimsical, contemporary artworks from manual machines now rendered obsolete.

Playful and colorful like Pop art, the L.A. Marler limited-edition archival prints are replicated on woodblocks ($65), as fine art prints (up to $600) and on canvas pillows ($45). Also available: canvas bags, T-shirts, note cards and jewelry.

Marler said she views the vintage machines as symbols of "communication, letters, books, stories, commerce and life." She also views them with a sense of humor, adding amusing captions to some pieces: "Here's my story" typed out from a Mercedes Superba, "Keys to Success" on a Corona Special and simply "Word" on a Corona.

Each piece is handmade and includes a certificate of authenticity. Works are available on Etsy and Marler's website.


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