We have been making fine press and artist's books for over 30 years. When we started, as craftspeople at Renaissance Faires, we fell in love with the "gypsy wagons" that other vendors had built to sleep in or to sell their wares from. We built this wagon in 2009, designed after a typical 1900s Redding style English Gypsy Wagon. We are now traveling around the country to sell our books, teach book arts workshops, talk about books as artworks and to seek out beauty in the USA.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Gypsy Wagon,Waffle Cones and the Wigwam Hotel

We have been home for almost a month. Halloween and Thanksgiving have passed and Christmas looms. Just so you don't wonder if we are going to leave you hanging, wondering how the trip ended, here is an account of our return home from Santa Fe.

We didn't stay here. We got the photo, then scrammed.
We attended the annual meeting of the national association for hand papermakers, an organization called The Friends of Dard Hunter. We have enjoyed camaraderie and learned much in the many years of our connection to this organization.
Here is a short clip of the conference band performing one of our book arts folk songs called "Minnie the Bookbinder," a parody of Cab Calloway’s "Minnie the Moocher." Wait. It's not working. I'll get back to you soon....


In Santa Fe, among other things, we found a dilapidated vintage tiny home.

We saw some great vintage tin art at the fabulous Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe.

cool tin art in the library in the Zimmerman Library, UNM

On the way home we stopped at ASU to visit Dan Mayer at the Pyracantha Press, and admire their new-to-them, but from the 1890s, over the top, Colombian hand press.

While in Phoenix we visited the Musical Instrument Museuem. They brag that it is one of the top 10 museums in the country. I would agree. You get a head set when you enter and each exhibit has videos with music representative of what is being displayed.

Peter makes this kind of stuff

Our last stop was in Joshua Tree National Park. The campgrounds were completely full, but some folks, who were climbers and had seen the gypsy wagon when we were camping at Vedauwoo State Park in Wyoming on our last trip, let us squeeze in.

We shared the campsite with full time RVers, theirs is a converted Sprinter van.

Pumpkin pie, made in the caravan!

Joshua Tree sunrise

Donna likes hiking in these kind of places

So now we are home binding books and working on plans for our 2017-8 celebration of 40 years as book artists. Our next trip will be in the fall of 2017. We will keep you posted.

If you are ever in Flagstaff, stop at the Joy Cone Co and pick up a pack of free waffle cones!