Wendy Fernstrum, “From Right to Left”
This image shows the book front cover. The words are printed backwards to allow the text to be read from right to left. The background was screenprinted, and the text was letterpress printed.
Artist: Wendy Fernstrum (Marine on St. Croix, MN)
Title: From Right to Left (2012)
Medium/technique(s): Screenprinted and letterpress printed
Edition size: 25
Number of pages: 10
Dimensions, open: 8″ x 16″ x .5″
Dimensions, closed: 8″ x 8″ x 1″
From Right to Left is an artist book about the effects of changing one’s dominant hand. Through the personal narrative, I tell the story of why and how I switched from my right to my left as my dominant hand at the age of 50, and the effect it had on me – physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I wrote this narrative using both my right and left hands, then scanned the handwriting, made photopolymer plates, and printed it on a Vandercook letterpress.
Other text in the book describes the use of the right and left hands in our culture and explains the effects in the brain of changing dominant hands.
The background and photographic images were screenprinted; line drawings and text was letterpress printed.