TRAVELING IN A TINY HOME THAT THEY SAY IS AN ARTISTS' BOOK ON WHEELS

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.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Two Gypsy wagons are better than one.


Remember how we made a pilgrimage to Muir’s boyhood home and then to all the Muir sites at the University of Wisconsin? Well, yesterday we made a pilgrimage to East Troy and spent the day visiting with Jim and Loi of www.gypsytrailersusa.com.

We first contacted Jim about 5 years ago when we saw his web site, and when we found his home was only 20 miles outside of Milwaukee we realized it would be possible to visit on this trip. Jim and Loi are artists and Jim is definitely an outsider artist. I think in this case pictures will speak louder than words so let us show you his wagon and his home. By the way Jims wagon is for sale for $8900 (he has $11,000 in receipts for materials and did all the labor himself). Check out his web site.

1 comment:

Kathryn said...

Beautiful! So nice that your wagon could spend some time with a friend. Now my Book Wagon misses you even more. He hasn't had a friend spend the night since you left Pocatello.