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....

Monday, April 26, 2010

Ocotillo moon

The moon is waxxxxxing!!! 

We ended our stay in Paradise Valley (near Phoenix) with a "Letterpress Express" party at Karla and Jim's. 30 artists and poets sat around a huge long table for dinner, then were entertained by Peter's "book arts folksongs". Since Peter was singing to people who know about books, they understood all the silly puns and jokes, and their mirth was enhanced by beer, wine and excellent food so all were laughing! 
Catalina State Park, just outside of Tucson, was our destination the next day. Peter set up the solar panels keep the battery charged, and we walked at dusk among the blooming ocotillos and cactus. I can see how people fall in love with the desert, especially after a wet winter and the blooms are vivid against the muted colored desert. 
One more photo shows the "first visitor to our caravan while dumping at a toilet dumping station." He didn't even notice me doing the job while Peter showed him around Paloma. He is planning on making one to live and travel in.


Peter and Donna Thomas said...

Just wanted to share this testamonial from the fellow who met us at the dumping station:
"Met you guys on the way to Catalina State Park AZ yesterday and was happy to be invited to take some pictures of your Gypsy Wagon. Looking at your blogsptot helped me re-focus on some of life's important little things (major things, really), essentially to be a bit more creative and stay close to Nature. I have the Nature-part down pretty good, but the creative aspect seems to be lagging a bit at times."......

Barbara Cowlin said...

Glad to hear you've made it to Tucson. I've been enjoying reading through your book. Am still marvelling over the coincidence of running into you at the Burton Barr Central Library the other day!

Looking forward to taking your workshop tomorrow. The offer for you to visit Oracle still stands!