Fierce Festival 2019 / Birmingham, UK / 15 – 20 October

Karl Fredricksson’s First Email

Karl Fredricksson to his daughter
First Email - the original inspiration for the project

Here is a copy of the email which inspired our First Email project, which was kindly shared with us by Kristin Fredricksson (, Karl’s daughter.  As we mentioned below, this email formed part of Kristin’s beautiful, moving show Everything Must Go.

We love Karl’s email.  For us it has the quality of a typographic artwork – a distinctive style: completely without punctuation, spaces or capital letters.  It’s extremely evocative – it tells you a lot about this man, where he was at in 1999 (an early adopter!) and the things that are at the forefront of his mind ‘willsendyoubirthdayyoubirthdaymessage’ are repeated as he processes them and writes to his daughter.