Peter and Donna Thomas have been making fine press and artist's books for over 40 years. When they started, as craftspeople at Renaissance Faires, they fell in love with the graceful beauty of "gypsy wagon" caravans that other vendors had made to sleep in or use as booths for selling their wares. In 2009 Peter and Donna built their own tiny home on wheels, designed after a typical late 19th century Redding Wagon. This blog documents their trips around the country, taken to sell their artists' books, teach book arts workshops, and talk about making books as art; as well as to seek out and experience the beauty of the many different landscapes found across the USA.

Peter and Donna started their business in 1977 and made their first book in 1978, so from 2017-18 are traveling to celebrate 40 years of making books with shows in a dozen libraries across the country. See the schedule on the side bar to find if they are coming to a town near you....

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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