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Four Views of Kealakekua Bay

  Peter & Donna Thomas..... 

Being a book artist is more than just making books, it's living and breathing them. It's
about becoming so involved with the subject matter that the physical attributes of the
book reveal themselves. It's about listening to the materials invoke the proper text. It's
about loving those materials and knowing them so well that you feel their desire to be
used in the book you are making. 

We didnšt 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, by the visual and tactile impact, will move the viewer from the everyday to a new place, a place that stirs the soul.

About the Artists

The Thomases are native Californians. Peter was born in Los Angeles and Donna in
San Francisco. In the late 1970s, Peter earned a BA in Aesthetic Studies from the
University of California Santa Cruz and Donna earned her BA in Expressive Arts from
Sonoma State University.

The Thomases are active in leadership of the Miniature Book Society (MBS) and the International Association of Hand Papermakers and  Paper Artists (IAPMA). Their research into the history of modern and ancient papermaking is internationally recognized. Their miniature book, Forty, an innovative “stick structure” binding, was chosen as one of the three Distinguished Books in the 1997 Miniature Book Exhibition. They have been self-employed in the book arts since 1977, making books, teaching workshops, giving lectures, and training apprentices. They currently reside in Santa Cruz, California.

Other highlights of their careers include:

Professional Career
    1977 Established the Good Book Press
    1988 Changed press name to Peter and Donna Thomas

    128  limited edition books between 1976 and 2007
    73    one-of-a-kind books between 1983 and 2007
    31    published articles 1987-2007
    1      commercially published book 2004
    31    reviews of books printed 1983-2007

Other Activities
    50+ Lectures to various organizations and classes on papermaking
                 and the book arts 1995-2007

Teaching Experience
    50+ workshops taught between 1995 and 2007

    170+ solo or group shows between 1983 and 2007

Professional Societies
    Founding member MBS, member Friends of the Dard Hunter (FDH);  past officer
                   IAPMA; member Printers Chapel of Santa Cruz;  president, Ukulele Club of
                   Santa Cruz; Chairperson Mount Lassen Journey Farthest Out.

    MBS Norman Forgue Award
    MBS Distinguished Book Award 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002
    Helen De Golyer Triennial Award for American Bookbinding 1997, 2000

Major Research Interests
    The history of hand papermaking
    The ergonomics of hand papermaking
    The work of John Muir as it relates to Yosemite and the high Sierra