IN THEIR GYPSY WAGON BOOKMOBILE

We have been making fine press and artist's books for over 30 years. When we started, as craftspeople at Renaissance Faires, we fell in love with the "gypsy wagons" that other vendors had built to sleep in or to sell their wares from. We built this wagon in 2009, designed after a typical 1900s Redding style English Gypsy Wagon. We are now traveling around the country to sell our books, teach book arts workshops, talk about books as artworks and to seek out beauty in the USA.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

"In about five year this place is going to be a museum for books"


 











      We spent Tuesday and Wednesday at Arizona State University talking to the letterpress and artist book classes taught by John Risseeuw (Cabbagehead Press). Much serious thought about questions like "what is an artist book?" and "who is a book artist.?"

On Thursday we went to the Phoenix Public library to show our books to rare book librarian Gladys Mahoney. We include for your pleasure pictures of the exterior and entry of this amazing building. When we were in the lobby we saw a show of artists books. Looking at them Donna said, “Hey there is one of our books!” at just the same time another lady standing in front of the case said, “Hey there is a book by the people I am going to take a class from next week.” Crazy. She is taking the class in Tucson. Then as we were going up the elevator to the fourth floor and the rare book room, which is right next to the teen center in the library, a kid in the elevator said to his friend, “I bet in about five years this place will be like a museum for books.”

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