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 other vendors had made to sleep in or use as booths to sell their wares from. In 2009 they built their own tiny home "caravan", designed after a typical 1900s Redding style of English Gypsy Wagon. This blog documents their trips around the country to sell their books, teach book arts workshops, and talk about making books as art; and to seek out and find beauty in the landscape of the USA.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Boston: the "Open Caravan"

 At the end of a residential street in Boston, next to a wood, in balmy (notice I did not say steamy or humid) weather, we show books, drink wine, snack on chips and salsa and talk about our lives as artists. Crazy ideas come to life (like tanning chipmunk skins for binding, books that talk or play music, a puppet book?) and materials and techniques are compared (wood versus linoleum for relief printing). I don't think open caravan is going to be the ultimate business model for selling books, but it certainly is fun for the connections made. I don't have pictures of all the neighbors stopping by and seeing artists' books for the first time, but these show some of the fun: 

Wine, books, conversation.

Ashlie Taylor, painter/artist-extraordinaire, rode her bike to the open caravan. Click here to see her beautiful paintings and drawings.
Annie Silverman with her accordion toy theater. Inside are pictures of accordion players in layering dimensions. This is a cousin to our real accordion book.
Dinner afterwards in the pavillion with our hosts Lee McDonald and Anne Marie Stein and friends.

1 comment:

beeprinter/annie said...

hi again-
So great to meet you last night. Accordions and uke talk and bees and great food. Your paper is so lovely and the headlamp/ paper structure, watermark light show is still playing around in my brain.. gives me shivers..those Swedish papers illuminated.
Glad I shlepped my theater along to meet the other accordion creators.
I liked what you wrote early on about meeting new people and everyone is interesting..
ps.. (you have a typo in your title.. your their is spelled wrong)
I loved your pencil book and the little shoe for chickens.
such a great evening! annie