fernwerks press ~ Minnesota
(Wendy Fernstrum)

Other artists' books by Wendy Fernstrum  

another poem by Rumi
Book design by Wendy Fernstrum
Minneapolis, MN: 2006. Edition of 60.

3 x 3"; 16 pages including pastedowns. Letterpress printed by Fernstrum at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts during the last days 2006 on a Vandercook 219 using photopolymer plates.

A miniature book from Wendy Fernstrum using the poetry of Jalaluddin Rumi (1207-1273), master of the Sufi tradition, a mystical branch of Islam.

     The breeze at dawn has something to tell you.
                DON'T GO BACK TO SLEEP.
     You must ask for what you really want.
                DON'T GO BACK TO SLEEP.
     People are going back and forth across the doorsill where the      two worlds touch.
     The door is round and open.
                DON'T GO BACK TO SLEEP.


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By Wendy Fernstrum
fernwerks Press/ MCBA, 2004. Edition of 50.

3 x 3" miniature, paper covered boards with cloth spine. The waves were printed on BFK Rives from linoleum blocks. One block created the positive pattern, and the second block created the negative pattern, both using shades of blue. After cutting the blocks, Wendy Fernstrum hand-set the letter “o”, bullet points and decorative circles from a variety of metal and wood type from the drawers at Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Eyeballing the pattern cut into the blocks, Fernstrum assembled one form on the press bed, where the “o” shapes approximated the same flow as the waves. She printed a single sheet and cut the sheet into eight strips to bind using a drum-leaf structure with board covers. Handset and printed by Wendy Fernstrum while artist in residence at Minnesota Center for Book Arts.

“Synchronicity” celebrates the days when everything magically falls into place without effort. The kind of day where time feels like a friend, in that it gives you the space to do exactly what you want to do, all day long.

Where the O’s in “Synchronicity” match up with the wavy flow, it’s like a moment of pure awareness in meditation, a kiss from someone you adore, the click at the moment of solving a puzzle. You can’t plan for it to happen. When it does, there is no mistaking the feeling that everything is exactly as it should be.

This small 3” x 3” book is about trusting inspiration to guide the hand, the eye and the mind in the right direction. It’s also about the courage to align principles with actions.

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