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....

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Friday, February 19, 2021

"Evidence: Overruns and Ephemera" (our new book!)

 We've been studio-bound for over a year now (you know why...) so of course we have a new book!

This project is in three parts: First, there is a pamphlet describing the project with 3 new lino cuts. This is titled, "Evidence." 

Next, a four fold portfolio titled, "Overruns" is a collection of sample pages that are overruns from press runs from our edition books.

The third part is another portfolio titled, "Ephemera".  It contains postcards, Christmas cards, business cards and more from our studio.

The project is in an edition of 30 copies on our handmade paper and housed in an archival clamshell box.

To order and get more info, here is a link to our website: Evidence: Overruns and Ephemera

Another book is making its debut this week! This is "Bibliography: Peter and Donna Thomas, 1974 - 2020" from The Legacy Press. Here is where you can see photos and read about the hundreds of artists' books we have made in our career, as well as learn about the beginnings of our careers at the Renaissance Pleasure Faires in California. 

The caravan is parked for now, but when COVID is under control, we'll be out and about again!

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