When Peter gives his talks he uses this old wallet he found by the side of the road to illustrate a point. He first holds up our commercially published “1000 Artists’ Books” and says “Raise your hand if you think this is a book." Everyone will raise their hands. “1000 Artists’ Books” is an archetypal book that was made to convey information. It has pages, pictures and words right where people expect to find them. Peter continues, pulling the old wallet from his pocket and asks the same question. But before anyone is put on the spot he continues, opens the wallet and says, “It tells a story." Showing the few dollar bills in it he says, “It tells about how much I made today…” And showing some receipts he says, “And how much I have spent.” "Business cards show who I have met, and who I am…” Then he opens up a flap in the wallet to reveal letterpress printed pages with a question mark and the words “What is a book?”
When you pull into a rest stop and see a van loaded with guys that is pulling a small cargo trailer you can guess they are some kind of musicians heading somewhere. These guys were headed for South by Southwest, a music fest in Texas. Their motto is "Live free or Die". Above them, painted on our wagon, is our motto: "I'm as free a little bird as I can be..."
After staying with Julie and Raymondo, the quirky primitive artists in Atlanta, we seemed to find quirky things everywhere. In this post we are going to share a few quirky pictures we have taken on the road.
|Bill and Vicky's Tramp|
|Port Arthur, Texas|
|The Orange House, Houston TX|
|Not at all qirky, but it was primitive camping here.|
Sea Rim park, Texas