and prints


From Right to Left - Spread 2

From Right to Left - Neurons


"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. I wrote this narrative using both my right and left hands, then scanned the handwriting, made photopolymer plates, and printed it letterpress.


From Right to Left


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. On the page above I drew the two neurons using my left hand, then scanned the drawings, made plates, and printed them letterpress. The background neuron was drawn dot by dot and screenprinted.



From Right to Left - drawn hands

8 " x 8" x .5"

8" x 16" x .25" (open)

Limited edition size: 25



From Right to Left - Iyengar


I printed all of the pages of "From Right to Left" during a monthlong residency at Women's Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY. This is the first artist book where I combined both screenprinting and letterpress printing. I screenprinted the background of each page and the photographic images. Line drawings and text were printed letterpress.





The image above shows a book within a book. The small book was letterpress printed using text excerpted from "Light on Life," a book about yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar. The text explains the need for balance between the right and the left sides of the body. The small book is sewn into the drumleaf binding used for the larger book.



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