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 10, 2010

International Printing Museum!!

You've got to check this place out if you live anywhere near. We have spent the day here at the Printing Museum, playing with the WONDERFUL collection of type, typecasting machines, presses, and most of all, with the knowledgeable, fun and QUIRKY  people who love all this stuff.
We didn't finish the broadside we started, but Peter gave one of his better talks out the back of the wagon! He sang a few of his "book arts folk songs", which are remakes of well known songs like "What's a book" to the tune of Five foot two, and "Tiny type" to the tune of "Tiny bubbles". You are really missing out if you haven't heard them.
Tomorrow we will finish printing the broadside, which features a linoleum cut of the gypsy caravan. If time allows, we hope to visit the Renaissance Faire and see old friends.

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