(Thomas, Peter & Donna).
  • Santa Cruz, CA: Thomas, Peter & Donna, 2011.
  • 4to
  • loose sheets, folder, clamshell box
  • 14 pages

Price: $1,400.00  other currencies

Order Nr. 107374

One of 50 copies of which 35 are for sale. This copy is in fine condition. In April through October of 2010 Peter and Donna Thomas traveled around the country in their homebuilt gypsy wagon visiting libraries, book arts centers and other book artists. This book is the collection of the broadsides made on that trip.

Twelve broadsides were made at the following places: the International Printing Museum in California, with Karla Elling and Catherine Nash in Arizona, the Tryst Press in Provo, the Hamilton Wood Type Museum and the UW, Madison's Silver Buckle Press in Wisconsin, with Andrea Peterson in Indiana, Don Rash in Pennsylvania, The Bread and Puppet Theatre in Vermont, UK's King Library Press and Gray Zeitz's Larkspur Press in Kentucky and IU Bloomington's Graphic Design Press in Indiana.

Accompanying the broadsides is a 12 page pamphlet-bound introduction with a description of the trip and of each collaboration. This is printed on paper Peter made for the project from cotton rag colored ochre with dark teeshirt fiber inclusions. It was printed using polymer plates with Playbill and Century Schoolbook types. In that pamphlet we write about the idea behind making this collection of broadsides, "We wanted to document the adventure artistically, and decided we could do that by making prints and broadsides in the art studios, libraries, and book arts centers we visited. Envisioning that the broadsides would be collected together as a series, we set a few simple guidelines: they would have a common size and edition number; each print would have imagery or text that related to our gypsy wagon or our trip; and would also reflect something unique about the collaborators, their skills, or the place they lived. We are clearly indebted to the many artists that contributed to this project. We want to thank all the people who squeezed our gypsy wagon into their front yards, let us loose in their studios, housed, hosted, and helped us on our journey. We appreciate and thank them for their part in the creation of the Wandering Book Artists Collaborative Broadsides."

The broadsides, pamphlet and a title page (printed on paper made during the trip using antique metal Playbill type) are all held in a translucent"folder binding," a simple structure developed especially for this project by the Thomas. The folder binding and an 8x10 photo of the gypsy wagon are housed in a colorful clamshell box. On the front there is a paper label printed with an image of the gypsy wagon.