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

Bookbinding is a humble & ancient trade with a purpose to preserve & display information. The Binding Studio was established to do just that- by combining design, a love of functional, high quality, handmade products & confidence with both materials & processes.

All my products are handmade (by my actual hands!) not by machine, just elbow grease & skill. I have a few pieces of antique equipment, but mostly it’s me, the materials & a few basic tools (just like centuries of bookbinders before me) creating contemporary, presentation products for a range of creative people & companies.

Because I make custom to order, there are 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, read through the FAQs & give me a call.

I look forward to making for you soon!


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


Lou's bookBinding journey:

2018: Mandela 100 - Commission for Blackwell & Ruth / Limited Edition / Celebrating the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela.

2017: Association of Book Crafts NZ- Bookbinding Competition / Re-bound, repaired book (novice) / Category winner

2017: Designer Bookbinders International Competition-  The Bodleian Library / Participant / Theme: Myths, Hero's & Legends

2016: Pride in Print Awards- Gold; Process Winner / Specialty Products- limited edition & fine art prints (Little Wing Book)

2013: Designer Bookbinders International Competition-  The Bodleian Library / Participant / Theme: Shakespeare

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

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

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