Paul Smith – Type writer Artist

Posted under Cerebral Palsy,Goal Setting by metzgerbusiness on Tuesday 9 June 2009 at 12:03 am

I know I haven’t posted in a while but hopefully this post will make up for it. I’ve done a few movies in the past but this one took a bit more effort then I’m used to. So I’ve spent the last week putting it together.

Paul Smith was born in 1921 and lived until 2007. He had sever CP. He did not receive a formal education as inclusion was not even a word in those days and he fought institutionalization for many years until he had to sub come after loosing both his parents and not having enough external support to allow him to live independently.

According to his the Paul Smith Foundation he was a wonderful chess player and had quite a sense of humor. I’ve compiled this short video as both a tribute and an inspiration. I hope you enjoy.

Paul Smith – Type Writer Artist with Cerebral Palsy from Kevin Metzger on Vimeo.

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  • Dad

    Kevin, This is absolutely amazing! He created all this excellent artwork using 10 letters on his typewriter! I just can’t even imagine how this could be done! Plus he did it with the old manual typewriter (pre-electric models). Having learned on and used manual typewriters for most of my youth and schooling, let me tell you – the strength needed to hit the keys was much greater than the “touch” typing made available with electric typewrites. Correcting errors was a time consuming and laborious exercise usins special take you’d insert over the mistyped letter and retypy the letter so the tape would lay down a white substance that blanked out the mistake.

    With his disability, I just can’t imagine the discipline, perseverence, patience and dedication, as well as the improvisational genius it took to create this system for producing really inspiring artwork.

    I wonder how many others never even heard of this guy (including me)? Thanks for uplifting experience of that video -WELL DONE!!

    Love,
    Dad.

  • Dad

    Kevin, This is absolutely amazing! He created all this excellent artwork using 10 letters on his typewriter! I just can’t even imagine how this could be done! Plus he did it with the old manual typewriter (pre-electric models). Having learned on and used manual typewriters for most of my youth and schooling, let me tell you – the strength needed to hit the keys was much greater than the “touch” typing made available with electric typewrites. Correcting errors was a time consuming and laborious exercise usins special take you’d insert over the mistyped letter and retypy the letter so the tape would lay down a white substance that blanked out the mistake.

    With his disability, I just can’t imagine the discipline, perseverence, patience and dedication, as well as the improvisational genius it took to create this system for producing really inspiring artwork.

    I wonder how many others never even heard of this guy (including me)? Thanks for uplifting experience of that video -WELL DONE!!

    Love,
    Dad.

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