‘[ Carriage Return ]’ is a postal exchange of typewriter drawings between Hilary Judd and Lucy May Schofield. Corresponding with one another between the UK city of Manchester and the remote Northumbrian countryside, their drawings cross geographical and cultural boundaries, stretching time and space between their dialogue of intimate expressions. ‘[ Carriage Return ]’ celebrates the limitations of the typewriter’s mechanisms; at its invention it was a time-saving print technology, yet today its slowness attracts a meditation on its physicality and restriction. The mis-hits, mistakes, failures and vulnerability of the medium is seductive, a contradiction to the over-edited and filtered platforms of communication that now exist. These rudimentary drawings encourage honesty in the on-going conversation created between two worlds and two experiences.
An emphasis is placed on creating the space for these drawings to be made and to arrive at the door of the other, for the expressions held in print to travel the distance. This means of exchange feels like a political act in a world fixated on the immediacy of modern communication. While print technology can now make possible all that we desired, the attraction of exploring a tool used primarily for letter-writing in a world where people no longer write letters, allows freedom and abstraction of the drawn line. The physical space is made on the page to depict their perceptions of inhabiting different lives, Lucy’s life is expanding through travel, experience and solitude and Hilary’s world is contracting through the incubation of pregnancy and the birth of her son. This project is a work-in-progress postal exchange collaboration created on a Tippa Adler & a Beaucourt Script 170 miles apart (or a two-day, four-hour walk).