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....

Sunday, September 28, 2014

John C Campbell Folk School in Beautiful North Carolina

Even Wandering Book Artists need rest and recreation from time to time, and our favorite place for R&R is in North Carolina at the John C Campbell Folk School. Throughout the year they offer a class in almost any craft. We are taking Blacksmithing (Peter), Coppersmithing (Donna, week 1), glass bead making (Donna, week 2) and in Peter's case, teach a class in beginning uke playing is recreation.

Peter had lots of fun at the final performance, joined on stage by his class and the painting class's paintings.

We love the folk school. There is nothing like this place in California. We will be back there from Feb 15 - 27th. Peter is teaching another beginning uke class Feb 22-27. Check out the classes being offered next February when we will back here.  Come join us!

Donna's copper book cover

Gypsy wagon series, copper belt buckle

Before we got here, we had successful visits in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, then we had an automotive break down (broken fuel injector line) in Altoona, PA. We were towed by a tow truck driver who was afraid of driving hills and over bridges, so we drove a very nice back roads all the way to the repair shop. I thought it was cool that he could still do his job with that particular phobia!

Pulled over at a rest stop in Virginia. we met Abel Zimmerman, of Zyl Vardos. He is featured in the same Shelter book we are, "Tiny Homes on the Move." He had just dropped off his most recent vardo for a customer. He drove it all the way from Washington State. Great guy with great building skills! You can read about our meeting on his Facebook Page 

Our books, set up for a showing at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston!
We are back on the road again the 6th of October with visits to Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Baltimore and Washington DC! Let us know if you want us to stop by.

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