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6646 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA, 90028
United States

(213) 223-6921

Stephanie Gibbs, a bookbinder in Los Angeles, CA, offers edition and fine binding, book conservation, custom boxes, and paper repair for contemporary and historic books, manuscripts, and documents to clients throughout California.

studio news

in the news

Stephanie Gibbs

A client of the studio was recently profiled by the New York Times! “The Boswell of Beverly Hills: A Historian of Homes”

“And while the histories have the plain look of school textbooks (he designs them himself), he recently raised his game. For a client who commissioned him to profile 39 Oakmont Drive, or Los Vientos, a Cliff May-designed house in Brentwood, he hired a bookbinder to create a handsome linen box, which he filled with photographs, architectural drawings and aerial photos.”

Both the book photographed for the article and the Los Vientos box were made in the Gibbs Bookbinding studio.

pastepaper edition

Stephanie Gibbs

A commission for Gibbs Bookbinding to make an edition of pastepapers:

Inspiration from old gilt papers from the 18th century, here created as an edition using modern materials and techniques.

Paper: Crane's Lettra. Dye: Rit fuchsia, Gold: Modern Masters Olympic gold. Medium: Wheat starch paste.

See the video of how each page was made:

Client: Parenthesis, a journal of fine printing

Edition size: 100 sheets, 21" x 27"

custom artwork specifications

Stephanie Gibbs

It is customary for the title and author to be stamped in foil on the cover or spine of a book.

The studio has a range of lead type in stock from which the title is hand-set, and foil stamped. 18 point Caslon is typically used for scripts and thesis bindings.
Foil is available in gold, silver, black, red, green, and brown. Other colors may be special ordered.

Some clients wish to use custom artwork, logos, and images. This is possible by having a magnesium stamping die made. Images of this type of project can be seen below.

Specifications for stamping dies:

black and white artwork
TIF format
1200 dpi
100% scale
maximum size, 5.75" x 9.75"

Stamping dies are made off-site, are charged by the square inch, and shipping charges apply.

Gibbs Bookbinding is happy to assist in creating print-ready files from your artwork, but design fees will apply.

Stamping may be done on paper, cloth, or leather; and on the spine, front cover, or back cover.

a flicker, a flame

Stephanie Gibbs


2017 was ... 2017.
It was universally referred to as "a dumpster fire."

Then my state caught on fire. Everything, everywhere, there was soot and ash. (Benefit: some nice sunsets.)
However, it felt like a metaphor made real; it's hard to be an optimist when everything is, quite literally, burning. (In a twist of Robert Frost's Fire and Ice poem, while the west coast is on fire, the east coast is encased in ice.)


Into all this, enter the phoenix, a bird who rises, renewed, from the ashes.

This year's holiday edition pulls from the full history and mythology of the phoenix,
from the medieval Aberdeen Bestiary
to the eighteenth century London Encyclopedia
to the twentieth century poet May Sarton

As the complications of last year's holiday card were still fresh in my mind, and in the hope of timeliness, I drastically simplified the construction of this year's edition, and used a very basic cut-and-fold technique.

It's a great pattern for introductory book arts classes and turning monotypes and prints into little books; there are many online patterns and tutorials: here's one. Here's another (click on one-sheet-books).


And, in the spirit of getting things done, I embraced the relative simplicity of the project, and have sent the phoenix flying through the postal system. The stamps for the eclipse -- a cosmic death and rebirth cycle played out this year -- seemed most fitting for the bird who is born in flames.

For 2018, a wish for flourishing: creatively, personally, spiritually.

books for sale

Stephanie Gibbs

In addition to the artist's books for sale, a line of blank books, agendas, and graph journals has been made available for purchase on etsy! See here for purchase information.

Los Angeles Printers Fair

Stephanie Gibbs

Come say hi! I'll be at booth B-17.

In addition to the four editions of artist's books currently available for sale, there will be a selection of books for writers, artists, and doodlers, as well.
Browse a range of leather, cloth, and paper blank books, with blank, lined, or grid-line pages; as well as diaries and bullet-journals; or choose from the line of greeting cards.

If you want to just stop by and chat, that'd be swell, too.

When: Saturday, October 14, 2017.
Where: International Printing Museum, 315 W Torrance Blvd, Carson, CA
Admission, $10.

article: The L.A. Printers Fair is Like Coachella For People Who Love Letterpress