Sticky tape is one of the youngest stationery inventions nestled amongst your desk drawer (USB sticks definitely do not count). It originates from the US, invented around 85 years ago by 3M, the people most commonly associated with Post It notes. Richard Drew’s idea was born out of the Great Depression, at a time when people had less money and sought to fix things themselves, sticky tape allowed them to do this. A few years later it was used in the War to seal windows and minimise bomb damage. Nowadays it has more positive associations – how else would we seal wrapped gifts or get cat hair off our ponchos?
With its endless colours and perfectly uniform finish, it acts as a great medium for artists, both on and off the reel. Here is a round up of some of our favourites.
Omar Sosa is one of the founders of Apartamento magazine and in each issue he creates a series of still life shots made from singular materials or products. Ice, bricks, clay and pans have all had a look in. These tape stacks are a perfect display of the colours and patterns available to us all, Omar has turned ordinary reels into little celebratory sculptures.