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Eve Muir interview

Eve in Mexico. Sometime ago Peter Aschwanden’s widow, Deborah Reade, did a series of eight interviews with Peter’s friends and family. These cover a wide range of topics including Peter’s early life, who he was as an artist, life at John Muir Publications in Santa Fe and much more. Lots of pictures. This one is…

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The Special Edition Beetles Manufactured in Mexico for Export to Europe.

A very specific period of SEB history: Volkswagen AG took the decision that when European Beetle production ceased at the Emden plant in January 1978 the dwindling demand for new Beetles in Germany and a limited number of other European countries including, initially, West Germany, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, and Switzerland, could be satisfied…

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Peter Aschwanden: Anxiety and Joy in the Illustration of Machines.

Okay here’s the thing about Peter Aschwanden. He was a 1960’s hippie beatnik artist that made a living illustrating technical manuals. An off-the-grid naturalist who created incredibly detailed illustrations of machines in a remote mountain cabin by kerosene lamp. He first came to my attention decades ago in high school when I gained possession of…

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