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.
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.