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, March 28, 2010

The Gypsy Wagon

It's getting close to leaving time and we still don't have a name for the gypsy wagon! Do you have any suggestions for us? Peter wants a name having to do with gypsy, book arts and birds (birds are painted on the very colorful exterior). Kind of impossible, right? I thought of "Halcyon", which is a mythical bird, a kingfisher, who charms the sea to peacefulness. 

We leave later this week, and head first to Pinnacles National Monument. I am hoping we are not too late for the wildflowers.


Boyd said...

Wonderful looking blog! I look forward to reading it over the next year.

I might suggest the name "Larkspur." Larkspur, besides being a family of wildflower and an obnoxious Marin county suburb with questionable liberal politics, is a beautiful word that combines two free spirited concepts. A lark is a sparrow-like bird but it is more often thought of as, according, a "carefree or spirited adventure." Moreover, while a spur might be a "pointed device secured to a rider's heel and used to urge on the horse" it might also be considered "a object that goads another into action."

Therefore, a larkspur can be imagined as a beautiful, angular bird that urges carefree or spirited adventure into action and urges or goads them into action.

Good luck you two!

With much love,

HumbleUker said...

To have a log of your journey will be awesome. Imagine how different the would would've been today if, Leonardo DaVinci, Lewis & Clark, or Columbus had blogging capabilities!

Posted your Caravan Picture and your blog link on Humble Uker too.

Bon voyage, Jeff a.k.a. El Jefe

Josh said...

Well, if the Pinnacles are your first stop, perhaps the name of the caravan might be something related to Trona (which is a nice sounding word, and people unfamiliar with Trona might think of it as a nice place.)

What route are you taking? Come through Walker Pass (Highway 178) and you should see wildflowers aplenty. (And if you time it right, enjoy good music and good beer in Kernville.)

Boud said...

This is a great idea for a blog! I was sent here by a friend, and am now busy thinking up a good name for your gipsy caravan.

As a little kid up on the Yorkshire moors, I occasionally saw genuine gipsy, Romany, caravans, but they weren't as colorful as yours!

How about Transit? as in, a mode of transit, and your arc across the country, like the transit of a star? and the transit that is art.

Boud (Liz in rl, visit me at

Okir said...

I read somewhere that the wildflowers are blooming on the hills of Panoche Valley (East of Paicines on the Paicines Rd. (east of Hollister). Should be beautiful. I will be following your journey on and


Okir said...

P.S. I also used one of your photos on my blog to link to your trip. Hope that's OK.


Paulina said...

I think Halcyon is a great name, besides the mythical bird, halcyon is the central star of the pleyades. The mayans said that by the year 2012 the earth will be alingned with this star, and its radiation will bring energetic changes. I found this blog doing a little research on alcyon or halcyon... and I find it awsome, good luck!!