About The Bindery

The Thistle Bindery is a niche book art practice focusing on perfecting traditional bookbinding and exploring the history of books in SE Asia.


It is set up by Ian in 2013, after his first encounter with the craft in the literature city of Edinburgh. Inspired to know more about the myriad of book forms that guard literary secrets, he trained with master bookbinders, leather workers and paper makers to learn a range of book structures, materials and techniques that represents the zeitgeist of book appreciation across different time periods and cultures.

Ian had previously trained with Isabelle of The Owl and Lion Bindery (http://www.owlandliongallery.com/) and John of Tanner Bates Traditional English Leatherwork (http://www.tannerbates.co.uk/).


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