Fablewood ~ North Carolina
(Andy Farkas)

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Andy Farkas: "My work rises from a quiet mind, without censorship. I simply follow it towards its natural conclusion. I love the marriage of word and image, which, when properly balanced, are ever receiving and ever expanding, making active participants of those involved in their hearing, seeing, reading or re-telling."

Four Stories
By Andy Farkas
Egress Press / Bluebarn Press, 2006. Edition of 50.

7.5 x 10.25"; 72 pages. Words and images by the artist. Letterpress and hand bound in collaboration with Egress Press and Blue Barn House. Each story printed expressively in two colors. Each story set off by different colored paper, and then the four are bound in blue-cloth covered boards. Spine window allows view of the four colored backings. Decorative spine stitchings. Paper title label on front board. All images are original wood engraved prints, printed directly from the block (prepared endgrain maple).

Four Aesop-like fables: “Frog Song,” “The Flower & the Weather,” “The Bird & the Blind Man, and “The Squirrel & the Sea.”

Andy Farkas: "It is my hope that those who experience my work come away with any number of the most positive of human experiences: hope, truth, joy, peace, resolve, sympathy, and enlightenment.”

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Fablewood Out of Print Title:  
By Andy Farkas
Asheville, North Carolina: [Fablewood], 2010. Edition of 30.

4 x 4"; 7 leaves. Illustration a two color engraving. Pamphlet style construction. Japanese stab binding with dark green wraps.

Andy Farkas: "Crab is a book about a conversation. Specifically, one side of a conversation... what is said and what is left unsaid.

"The paper used is a translucent Asian kozo paper allowing for a visual representation of external and internal dialog. ... The type of paper used for the cover is also used sometimes in clothing which speaks to its flexibility and strength."

Andy Farkas, blog: "This book came from a wonderful collaboration with some folks at Bookworks in Asheville. It represents that duplicitous little voice in our head that speaks to our frustrations as well as our deeper loves, but the actual external expression is something altogether different...a little toned down...or hidden...and easily distracted."

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By Andy Farkas
Asheville, North Carolina: Fablewood [2010]. Edition of 15.

13.5 x 7.5"; 10 text pages, 9 print pages. Accordion bound into end papers. The prints are printed in the traditional Japanese style of moku hanga (woodblock printing with water-based pigments) on sized kozo paper. Text paper also handmade from kozo. Text printed by rubbings from relief type. Laid in wraps of handmade paper from Egyptian flax and dyed in indigo by Cave Paper. Text and images by Andy Farkas.

Andy Farkas: "River is a book about a river who wants to stop flowing and the ramifications of such an action. The story itself is a cyclical story, in that, once finished, the story may be begun again. There are nine prints in the book each using between five and ten different color blocks and printed in the japanese style of Moku Hanga, which is the art of printing woodblocks with watercolor pigments and rice paste rather than oil based inks. The technique results in beautifully layered colors allowing for great flexibility in printing because of the ability to hand apply specific colors to different parts of the block and sometimes print the same block multiple times for different effects.

"The text itself is made from rubbings of relief type onto interleaving transparent sheets of paper which mimic both the transparency of the water as well as the sound of water made as the pages is turned. The book can also be removed from its cover and displayed in a star shape, further emphasizing the cyclical nature of the narrative."

Andy Farkas blog: "When I first showed the book in Raleigh I was surprised at the response to [a] particular print. It seemed to garner the most attention and was many people's favorite from the book. It comes from a part in the story where the river is about to finally take a rest from it's constant flowing. In essence, the river is actively instituting its own peace for itself at the expense of everything around it. When I first conceived the story, this pivotal moment I likened to those moments of selfish choice in our own lives and the consequences they lead to. Now looking back it forces me to re-examine the notion of peace I've become accustomed to and perhaps most importantly how that idea is connected to all other things."

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