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Since the early 1990s, I’ve been happily working with books and with paper — alone and with others.

 

I enjoy making tiny books and zines. I also love making paper bowls. I attach threads of text to their inside walls. I think these bowls have a lot in common with books.

 

And what about content? The central themes in my work are the central questions in my life. How do we shape a day, a week, our communal life? How can we participate in the repairing of the world?

 

My work can be found in public collections, on kitchen bulletin boards, and in the occasional handbag. I have been recognized with a Minnesota Book Artist Award for my body of work and contributions to the book arts community, and supported by the MN State Arts Board, the Jerome Foundation, and the McKnight Foundation. I feel grateful for it all.

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If the pandemic has taught me anything, it's that joy is resiliency. 

     — Kirsten Fedorowicz

 

Keepers

Earth-Friendly Pleasures started during the pandemic

Click here to download copies. For folding instructions, click here. If you don't have a printer, send me your address and I will mail you one.

The Art of Social Connection During Quarantine and Other Times of Undesired Isolation

(a QuaranZine)

Click here to download copies.

 

Habits of the Heart

(a sustainability zine)

Click here to download copies.

Visual Prayer Zine

Click here to download copies.

A Handful of Lessons Touching on the Theme of Hope in Uncertain Times

Click here to download copies.
 

. . . and Click here to download instructions on how to fold and make an 8-page zine of your own.

MN Center for Book Arts now has an on-line shop, which among many other neat things, features my tiny books and zines. At MCBA's shop site you can search for my work, using my name, Regula Russelle. If you'd like additional photos and information about these, please send me a note.

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About the image: A handful of zines made by students at MCBA and Augsburg University.

I am happy to announce that in summer I will again be teaching an on-line zine making workshop through MN Center for Book Arts. I also facilitate a monthly Art Practice Circle at the Center. To register and for further details, check out  MCBA's website.

Zines Against Climate Change

Wednesdays, July 21 and 28
5 - 6:30 pm CST

Zines are a super easy and inexpensive way to disseminate information to friends and to strangers. In this workshop you’ll explore how to make a zine related to the climate crisis. Content might range from “Veggie Gardening for Beginners” to pointers on “Zero Waste Practices” to “How to Talk with Legislators.” We will look at examples for inspiration, cover content development, practice a couple of simple zine structures, and learn how to make multiples and ways to share them. All skill levels welcome!

Art Practice Circle

First Mondays (with a few exceptions)
on an on-going basis
6 - 7:30 pm CST

Art Practice Circle meets virtually and offers a friendly, community space to listen and share about art-making during this time of physical separation. The benefits of connecting with fellow makers are multiple: to inspire and encourage each other, to be an audience for each others’ work and creative process, and to move our work forward by talking about it out loud. This monthly gathering will have time for each person to share about their work—a particular work in-progress, an idea that needs exploring, or a struggle with a specific work—as well as a conversation about what inspires us and strategies for tracking progress.

Charting an Art Practice

Wednesdays, September 22 and 29
5 - 6:30 pm CST

(more info to come later)

Making a Mini Memoir

Thursdays, November 4 and 11
7 - 8:30 pm CST

(more info to come later)

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Solastalgia: Book Arts and the Climate Crisis

Minnesota Center for Book Arts Main Gallery

and Virtual Exhibit

 

In September the exhibit will likely be open to the public at MCBA.

 

Visual Prayer A Virtual Exhibit of the Interfaith Artist Circle

Click here for the virtual art exhibit

(Presented by the University of Minnesota Libraries, Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning at Saint John's University, Jay Phillips Center for Interreligious Studies at the University of St. Thomas, and the Interfaith Artist Circle.)

 

Usually, I invite visitors to touch and hold my work. Since this will not be possible for some time, I've asked partner-in-life, Michael, to make a short video of a part of my project. You can see it here.

I've made a Free Zine related to our Visual Prayer exhibit. Click here to print a copy, and click here to print a copy for 8-page zine making instructions.

Interfaith Artists Circle

founded by the Jewish Women Artist Circle

Our group combines study and art. We select spiritual themes, invite religious leaders and other scholars in the community to teach us, and then create artworks inspired by our studies.

The group includes women from a diversity of faith: Jewish, Protestant, Catholic, Quaker, Buddhist, and Muslim.