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Miniature books workshop at Vail Library

Daily staff report
VAIL CO, Colorado

VAIL – The Vail Public Library will host book artists Peter and Donna Thomas for a “Making Miniature Books Workshop” on June 7 at the library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This workshop will introduce participants to new and innovative book structures while, at the same time, teach the basic book binding skills needed to create them. Workshop participants will make two of the artist book structures described in the Thomas’ book “More Making Books By Hand.”

“We are thrilled to be hosting this unique book making workshop. It’s a wonderful way to introduce our community to the artistic side of book making,” says Lori Ann Barnes, librarian.

The Thomas’ have been making artist’s books together for more than 30 years. Peter Thomas explains, “We didn’t begin our artistic careers planning to be artists of the book. It was more a case of being called, inspired with the desire to make a Good Book: one that, through the materials, in the text, and by the visual and tactile impact, will move the viewer from the everyday to a new place, a place that stirs the soul.”

As craftspeople at Renaissance fairs, the Thomas’ fell in love with the “gypsy wagons” built by vendors in which they slept and from which they sold their wares. The Thomas’ have since built their own gypsy wagon, which takes them around the country and from which they sell their books, teach book arts workshops, talk about books and see the beauty in the United States.

The Making Miniature Books Workshop is a six-hour class with a break for lunch. Space is limited to 12 participants, so pre-registration is required. The workshop is free of charge. Donations are appreciated and will help defray the cost of materials. This event is being sponsored in collaboration with town of Vail Art in Public Places.

Attendees will also be invited to tour the Thomas’ gypsy book wagon.

Contact the Vail Public Library for more information and to register for this distinctive book making workshop by calling 970-479-2194.

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