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Wandering Book Artists Visit UH Libraries

Events, Rare Books

A sign telling visitors about the gypsy wagon

Wandering Book Artists Donna and Peter Thomas visited the University of Houston Libraries today for a lecture, meet and greet, and tours of their Gypsy Wagon Bookmobile.

The Thomas's gypsy wagon

The Thomas’s gypsy wagon

The artists, who have been making artists’ books together for more than 30 years, entertained and educated those in attendance with stories, songs and demonstrations of their many handmade books, including miniature books, books made of wood, and books made with unusual items, including a can, a ukulele, and an accordion. They also answered questions about their creative process and the craft of bookmaking.

Donna Thomas at the door of the gypsy wagon

Donna Thomas at the door of the gypsy wagon

Attendees were also able to get a look at the  Gypsy Wagon Bookmobile that the Thomases use as they travel across the country. The bookmobile, built on a 16-foot flat bed trailer, provides a place to sleep, dine, and conduct business. Influenced by vintage pictures, it is painted in bright bold colors and uses reclaimed wood, wrought iron, and stained glass.

For more information about the Thomas’s books and wagon, visit their blog and website.

To experience a Peter and Donna Thomas book yourself, come to the Special Collections reading room and ask to view Cannery row: A book in a tin or one of these titles.

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