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