IN THEIR GYPSY WAGON BOOKMOBILE

We have been making artist's books for over 30 years together. Long ago as craftspeople at Renaissance faires we fell in love with the "gypsy wagons" that vendors built to sleep in and sell their wares from. This gypsy wagon is taking us around the country to sell our books, teach book arts workshops, talk about books and see the beauty in the USA.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Gypsy Wagon meets an Art Car

We had the greatest time the last three weeks at the John C. Campbell Folk School. During our final week Peter took a blacksmithing class. He learned enough about forging to make his own needles and will be teaching how to forge a needle this coming summer at Jim Croft's  Old Ways Bookbinding Workshop in Santa, Idaho

Blacksmith Peter made lots of hooks, towel bars and bells, some for the gypsy wagon, some for our other home in Santa Cruz.

Donna took a basketweaving class with instructor Lee Nelson, mostly using rattan, but also some willow, honeysuckle, bittersweet  and kudzu.


Donna's class. Her baskets are the large open one, the two to the left of the large one, and the small handled one inside the large one. She wants to change careers now....


This week focused on recycling and one of the students in the recycled plastic class drove to the folk school in her "art car".



Lisa Shoemaker with her art car. It is decorated with pop beads! So cool and beautiful! Our gypsy wagon was pleased to be parked with kindred wheels.


As we were leaving the folk school we took a photo of our wagon with theirs....



the folk school's wagon



We drove to Asheville to our friend Maggie Cheney's house, just like we did two years ago. Maggie is a dedicated and enthusiastic book artist making some well thought-out books. We had a great session comparing structures and talking about the numerous tools she is so knowledgeable about. Her studio is perfect. Lots of reference books, good light, big table, and a bed in the corner when she gets flummuxed by some crazy book structure.
Maybe she should open a B and B, though, because her hospitality is superb!



Maggie

So we are on the road again, now in Virginia. We will spend Thanksgiving with just the two of us in a State Park campground. This will be the first Thanksgiving on our own!

3 comments:

Marjorie Hollis said...

If you would rather have a traditional Thanksgiving with our family we would be honored to have you join us. We are a family of artists (just 4 of us) along with our artist friend Paula. I took your class at John C. Campbell Folk School last year and loved it. We live in Olney, Maryland and we are about 20 minutes from Pyramid Atlantic in Silver Spring. My email is black6speed@verizon.net. Please consider being our guests for Thanksgiving dinner. Thanks!
Marjorie Hollis

Marjorie Hollis said...

oh, and, by the way, two of us are vegetarians so there will be that option, as well!

susiehb said...

Donna,
I LOVED seeing your quilting work! I know I will not try a kaleidoscope any time soon! ... but it was encouragement for my current quilt project. It is good fun to keep tabs on the creativity you both share, and I thank you for sharing it with us.
Susie