University of Kentucky Libraries
Special Collections Research Center
THE KING LIBRARY PRESS
cordially invites you to
40 years of making books by hand:
the artists’ book in the digital age
A lecture by
PETER & DONNA THOMAS
Friday, 10 November 2017
The Great Hall
Margaret I. King Library
The lecture is free and open to all.
Saturday, 11 November 2017
The King Library Press
THE FALL WORKSHOP at The King Library Press will be held Saturday, 11
November 2017, beginning at 8:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast.
Peter and Donna Thomas will lead a printing and binding workshop.
Participants will print a quotation on the quality of handiwork from an
essay by Victor Hammer. It will be set interlinear with a quote on the same
subject from a lecture delivered by John Dreyfus at the King Library in
We will also print a sheet of instructions from Carolyn Hammer about the
proper way to set Victor Hammer’s American Uncial type. After the printing
is completed, we will then prepare a decorative folded paper portfolio
binding to hold the finished pieces, including the insertion of a color
copy of Carolyn Hammer’s hand written instructions.
Lunch will be served at noon, followed by the completion of the workshop in
Cost for the workshop will be $40.00. The number of participants is
limited. Please call press director Paul Holbrook at 859-608-9623 to
reserve a space, and for any further information about the workshop.
THE WANDERING BOOK ARTISTS
Peter and Donna Thomas are book artists from Santa Cruz, California. Since
1977 they have worked both collaboratively and individually; letterpress
printing, hand-lettering and illustrating texts, making paper, and hand
binding both fine press and artists’ books. Inspired by the
archetypal quest for beauty and perfection and informed by the potential of
word, shape, image and texture to create an illuminating or transformative
experience, their initial aim was to create limited edition fine press
books made of the finest materials and produced to the highest standards of
quality, in both full size and miniature limited format.
This æsthetic continued to guide them through the 1990s as they
worked in new formats made possible by personal computer technology,
exploring non-traditional book structures and shaped book objects as both
limited editions and one-of-a-kind books. Their 2002 book More Making
Books by Hand: Exploring Miniature Books, Alternative Structures and Found
Objects, is a manual describing how to make the book structures they
developed during the previous decades’ explorations; their 2000
Ergonomics of Hand Papermaking video documents and demonstrates
production papermaking techniques rediscovered visiting European hand paper
mills; and their 2012 editorial work for 1000 Artists’ Books
created a system to categorize artists’ books by physical
From 2010 they have traveled the USA as the “Wandering Book
Artists” giving talks, workshops, and demonstrations to both academic
and community-based audiences. We welcome them for their third visit to The
King Library Press as part of their year long fortieth anniversary
celebrations across the country.