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This book explores the question, What happens
to a promise when it's broken? Though it's not kept by the person who made it, is the promise "kept" in some form by the person to whom the promise was made?

Promises Kept


The pages in "Promises Kept" were letterpress printed by Wendy Fernstrum while artist-in-residence at Minnesota Center for Book Arts on a Vandercook 219, using handset Goudy. Each page features a promise, e.g. "I'll take care of everything, I promise."


6" x 8 " x 1"

Limited edition size: 25



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After printing, the artist used a Japanese hole driller to punch holes into the text, thereby removing the promises. The discs of promises are gathered in a pillow-like, sealed packet, housed in an indented space in a clamshell box.


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Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047


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