Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Getting Graphic

Some of you may remember this post, all about my love of tape (good LORD, that sounds boring!).  Well today, I'm going to get graphic about it.  This post may not be suitable for those under the age of 75.

I'M KIDDING!  I'm sure you've already guessed that I'm going to be talking about graphic TAPE today.  Beautiful, archaic, VINTAGE graphic tape, to be exact.  :D

There are two places close to me where I can buy (vintage) graphic tape - the first is Wegner's Office Supply, wihch is right downtown.  They have an AMAZING selection of all kinds of vintage graphic design supplies, including graphic tape.  That's where I got most of my Chartpak and Formaline tapes, shown here (I just discovered that you can still get Chartpak tapes at Amazon, which is comforting!).

The second is Winkler's Office Supply in West Bend, about 30 miles southeast of Fondy.  My friend Suze and I are making the trek today, and I'm SO excited.  That's where I got all of these AMAZING 3M graphic tapes in March of last year and I haven't seen them anywhere else since.  Judging by the packaging, I'm going to say these are from the 70s.  Aren't they cool?  :D

I looked up the history of adhesive tape and it's only been around for the last 80 years or so.  I'm not surprised that 3M is the innovator on this one, seeing as how they're synonymous with the product!  Graphic artists have been using this tape for at least the last 50 years, give or take, although it's not really needed anymore.  Much like my beloved "dry transfer" letters (more on those in a later post!), graphic tape has become a dinosaur thanks to the contraption called a "computer".  :D

Oh, but how I LOVE this stuff!  It's so versatile.  I have used graphic tape in my art so many times I've lost count.  Here are a few of my favorite pieces using the stuff:

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