Case Bound Sketchbooks

Beautiful hand bound, book cloth covered, blank sketch books | Colours and sizes to suit your way of working

Recycled Rubber Coptic Sketchbooks

Exposed spine Coptic Stitch Journals & Sketchbooks – opens flat | Available in narrow & standard A6, A5 & A4 and custom sizes

Custom Journals & Sketchbooks

With an emphasis on using high quality recycled materials as well as new to create books that are a pleasure to use.

But n Ben Bindery & Press

I started But n Ben Bindery & Press in 2012 after falling in love with hand binding books and printmaking while on the part-time BA in Art & Design course at Edinburgh College of Art.

Over the years since then I have completed short courses and workshops discovering the beauty of how a book is constructed and printed in, the book form has become an integral part of my creative practice as well – exploring the idea of the book in abstract and working with both small and large scale site specific installations. After I left Architectural practice I spent time working as a graphic designer and social media assistant for several local magazines and arts organisations in Edinburgh and the Borders. The most recent exciting graphic design project was to design a set of book covers for a new publishing imprint in the Scottish Borders run by the super talented writer and publisher Jules Horne of TextHouse in Kelso.

There is something very meditative about making blank books, and satisfying also as the process is so absorbing and the custom colours and sizes allow me to wonder about the work the artists and designers who use them – what will they make? Everyone has a preference for a size that suits them, whether for jotting a few notes down to stuff in a pocket on the go or sketching en plein air in a larger chunkier style.

COMING SOON! There is an e-commerce section to be developed this year as I have been very lucky to receive a Digital Boost grant (so excited about this!) but in the meantime if you are interested in ordering a book from me please get in touch to discuss and I can give more information about prices and sizes to suit you.

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Book Type 1 | Coptic Stitch Books | Recycled Rubber, opens out flat to work in (A6, A5 & A4)

140gsm Recycled CupCycling™ cartridge paper (made up 10 x signatures)
Recycled Rubber cover (Red, Orange, Mustard, Bright Green, Dark Green, Grey, Beige & Black usually available) for specific colours please state preference.
Waxed linen thread (contrast or to match cover)

Narrow A6 = £10 (Plus £3 P&P)
A6 = £12 (Plus £3 P&P)
A5 = £20 (Plus £3 P&P)
A4 = £27.50 (Plus £3 P&P)

 

Book Type 2 | Case Bound Journals | Bookcloth cover with decorative endpapers, (A6, A5 & A4)

140gsm Recycled CupCycling™ cartridge paper (made up 10 x signatures)
Bookcloth cover with coordinating decorative endpapers (Red, Orange, Bright Green, Dark Green, Grey, Dark Blue & Black usually available) for specific colours please state preference.
Natural linen thread
Silk head & tail band (to coordinate)

Narrow A6 = £15 (Plus £3 P&P)
A6 = £18 (Plus £3 P&P)
A5 = £25 (Plus £3 P&P)
A4 = £35.50 (Plus £3 P&P)