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....

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