NEW ARTICLE / ‘THE ROAD’ BY ATAY ILGUN

Originally published in ‘fabrication of wonders issue 4.’

Wounded Wolf Press took its name from a line in a Neil Jordan movie, “A Company of Wolves”.

It goes “Now I will tell you a story of a wounded wolf.” At that time, which was around five summers ago, it was intented to be a private-press of Atay İlgün himself, dedicated to publish solely his work for archival purposes.

Today, it is run by Atay İlgün and Efsun Ecem Üçkardeş and it has expanded to an international context and is much more than that on every level, from idealogical variety to changing forms of art.

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When it first started, it certainly did not any objective, neither did I have an objective with the wolf and I still don’t. But recently

​we’ve come to realize, why this thing, let’s call it the Wolf, started with a small blog website, an edition of 50 CD-R in a hand-knit cloth sleeves had an objective afterall.

We were never a publishing house that was never after the rights of another book to publish in another language. To be a part of the very creation of the piece has always been the main interest to us. To create a special bond with the artist, the people who bestow their artworks as a vessel to be passed onto others, and the final piece of the chain; the experiencer of the final piece, the piece which was meant to have an almost ritualistic aura to have and to experience. To put in more refined words; a carefully curated and eclectic works of art gathering to create an almost mythical mien.

During the earliest days, the element of craft was highly crucial,

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think Dion Fortune puts it very well in the following quote and 

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have no better words to describe the reasons why it was very important to us as well:

“There is a spiritual quality in the hand-made thing that is lacking to the machine made, however good may be the design, for the man who makes with his hands the thing which he has himself planned, weaving into it his dreams and the many sacrifices for the sake of his art, giving to it of his best, cannot help loving it by the time he has finished it ; and the well-loved thing, warmed and worn by human hands, becomes ensouled with a life of its own”

Though, a few years ago, due to the amount of orders we had to move on to mass production and develope a sense of design while maintaining the craft side on an even more elaborate, limited and lavish editions. For instance, to us the latest publication, which also is the ultimate re-issue of the first ever Wounded Wolf Press publication Resin (wound1) is the highest peak we ever got on the craft and design combined. It, to us, represents the beauty of a hyper-sensitivity against nature. It’s a multi-format publication composed of a poetry pamphlet and 3CDs housed in a handmade hard cover case. First disc covers the ‘R’ Trilogy  all released by Ashberry. The second is the reconstructions by Asphodel while the third is remixes from friends and unused takes by Ashberry. Also, the third disc contains remixes from another Wounded Wolf Press artists such as Koray Kantarcıoğlu (known for his highly acclaimed work Bitmap Landscapes, 2015) and to us it feels like it’s the best piece of musical journeys ever released from Wounded Wolf Press.

It comes in five different editions;

pīn / somer / dægesege / fiæll / æsc

Today, moving into more literary works more and more each day we plan to publish more standardized editions and increase the gap of lavishness between special and regular editions. We think this help the recognition of certain publications through the various distribution chains we can get into and avoid how quickly the editions sell out.

Another thing new in our road is the excitement of starting to publish in Turkish in a new publishing house and publishing their English translations in Wounded Wolf Press. We recently fell in love with the idea of the vanguardist approach of spreading the Turkish writers, musicians to the world and vica versa. We will start doing this with a marvelous and previously unpublished writer Meltem Taymen who got in contact with us a few years ago. We couldn’t be more excited to be in this field as well.

And the ending quote by T.C Lethbridge:

“Something individual goes into every object made by man; his thought and skill create it. It may be less noticeable to-day when so much is produced in great factories, but the idea is still there”

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