Hello, I’m Louise James, creator of The Binding Studio in Auckland, New Zealand.

Bookbinding is an ancient and humble trade with a purpose to preserve and display information. By adding design, confidence with materials and processes and a love of functional, high quality, handmade products- The Binding Studio was created to do just that.

I create custom made, contemporary, presentation products by merging traditional and modern binding techniques, for a range of creative people and companies.

All my products are handmade (by my actual hands!) not by machine, just elbow grease and skill. I have a few pieces of antique equipment, but mostly it’s me, the materials and a few basic tools- just like centuries of bookbinders before me.

Because I make custom to order, there is no “standard” products. I will guide you through some initial decisions, then we'll work together to execute your vision. You will have a bunch of questions before we get started, so check out the FAQs and give me a call. I look forward to making for you soon!

Video by Candice Noyer / Music by Dusty Melody "Te Waonui a Tāne"


Lou's bookBinding journey:

2009 - Present:  The Binding Studio / Auckland / Director & Binder

2009 - 2013:  AUT University- Art and Design School / Auckland / Bookbinding Technician

2001 - 2008:  Bound to Last- Designer Bookbinders / Auckland / Binder, Production & Team Leader