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, September 29, 2012

Wandering again!

On Thursday September 27, 2012 Peter and Donna Thomas left Santa Cruz in their Gypsy Wagon (The Artists’ Book(mobile)) beginning their second Wandering Book Artist Road Trip. It will be a cross-country trip teaching book arts (and ukulele) classes, visiting libraries that collect artists’ books, and making artists’ books. 

After crossing the Sierra, their first stop was Reno, Nevada where they visited the studio of Katherine Case’s Meridian Press, (check out her beautiful Nevada birds series of prints and cards)

Then they gave a lecture and bookbinding demonstration at the University of Nevada’s Black Rock Press (where Bob Blesse has a knack for teaching innovative book arts techniques). 

After a night on the Salt Flats.

The next stop is Salt Lake City where on Saturday September 29, 2012 they will attend the Movable Book Society’s annual meeting and give a presentation about their new commercial publication, 1000 Artists’ Books, at Ken Sanders’ Rare Books. See you there.


MarjaDutch said...

Looking forward to reading your travels and adventures. WHAT A GREAT WAY LO LIVE AND TEACH!
Enjoy! Happy travels from Marja and Puck who are in the southern part of Hungary in the middle of nowhere. Gypsy country. Making artist books and writing. Six weeks on the road!

Tanya Cothran said...

On the road again! Now, is that a movable book, or a movable society of books??
Love you!

Velma Bolyard said...

congratulations on another road trip!