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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.

Stephanie Gibbs

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Consultations are by appointment; please telephone (213) 223-6921 or email the studio.
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serving the Greater Los Angeles area

Gibbs Bookbinding is located on Hollywood Boulevard, conveniently above a book shop.

Stephanie Gibbs has worked professionally as a fine bookbinder for twenty years, after receiving a Master of Arts degree in Book Conservation from West Dean College, in England. She has worked with private clients, rare book and map dealers, collectors, publishers, and institutional libraries and museums, in addition to teaching all ages from children, to university students, to adults.

Bookbinding projects range from contemporary artist's books, albums, finely bound single and presentation copies, edition binding, and scripts and theses. Professional conservation treatments are offered for historic leather and cloth-bound books, as well as manuscripts, letters, posters, and maps. Onsite consultations are available for large collections and universities.

Gibbs Bookbinding provides professional book-building and maintenance for all aspects of the life of a printed volume. Whether seeking a skilled historic conservation of a rare 17th century leather binding, or a custom-designed structure to hold a series of contemporary prints or photographs, every aspect of the book, from paper to structure, is evaluated and considered. Private lessons and workshops for adults and college students are available by arrangement.

The artist's books of Stephanie Gibbs are held in collections across the United States, including: CalArts, Carnegie Mellon, Furman University, Los Angeles Public Library, Scripps College, Swarthmore College, UCLA, University of California (Riverside), University of California (San Diego), University of California (Santa Barbara), University of Iowa, University of Southern California, and Wesleyan University.

professional experience

Custom Fine Bookbinding
Book & Paper Conservator in Private Practice

6646 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028

Book Arts Instructor (faculty)
introduction to book arts and letterpress printing
advanced book arts
and letterpress printing
Occidental College, Eagle Rock, CA
Spring semester, 2018

Bookbinder in Residence
Book Arts workshops and presentations for children and adults
International Printing Museum
315 W Torrance Blvd, Carson, CA 90745
October 2015 to May 2016

Conservator in Private Practice
One Cottage Street, Easthampton, MA 01027
July 2005 to November 2015

Bookbinding Commissions (2005 to 2015)

Professional Memberships:

Master of Arts, Book Conservation
West Dean College, Chichester, West Sussex, England, 2004
Thesis: conservation of early 20th century artist's books. Supporting research in historic bookbinding, conservation methods, chemistry, preservation, bibliography, and ethics.
West Dean College is affiliated with the University of Sussex, Brighton, England.

Bachelor of Arts
The University of Texas, Austin, Texas

further training & experience

"Look A Book!" exhibition, Guild of Bookworkers, 2016. "Marking Time" juried exhibition, Guild of Bookworkers, 2009-2011.

Presented paper: "Bookbinding and Conservation in the Twentieth Century," Institute for Paper Conservation / ICON [UK], July 2006 International conference. pdf here

Published article: "An Interview with Mark Cockram," Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild Journal, winter 2009.

Contributing artist, Paste Paper Makers of the Pioneer Valley, Kat Ran Press, 2011. Boston Globe review | pdf

"Aerial Theosophy" artist's book and modified Encyclopedia Britannica pages, Participant, Book=Object group show, Paper City Studios, Holyoke, MA, 2011.

Board of Directors, Gallery of Readers, 2010-2014.
Managing Editor, website design, and book designer for all publications, 2010-2015.

Easthampton Cultural Council. Chair, Sept. 2006 to Dec. 2009.

Private tuition in design and artistic bookbinding with Mark Cockram, Fellow, Designer Bookbinders, London.

Short courses in book history and bookbinding at the Tate Museum (London), University of London (London), and North Bennet Street School (Boston, MA).

Internship, Paper Conservation & the Dean Library and Archive
National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland
Survey of early twentieth century artist's books: construction materials and methods, art historical background, current state, and conservation recommendations.

Internship, Conservation Division
National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland

Internship, National Council for Preservation Education
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hadley, MA