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6646 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA, 90028
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(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.

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Stephanie Gibbs

18 point Caslon, handset studio type

18 point Caslon, handset studio type

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. Handset type is uppercase only. See image to right.

Foil is available in gold, black, brown, red (metallic), blue, green, beige, white, and silver. See swatches below.

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
format: TIF, AI with fonts outlined, or PSD with layers flattened
1200 dpi
100% scale
multiple dies can be combined

maximum size per die, 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

before, during, after

Stephanie Gibbs

A slideshow of some recent work from the studio.

A book taken from a buckram library binding, resewn, bound in full green goatskin leather, with a plate from the text used for a full front-cover gold-stamped illustration. Bibliographic information stamped on spine.

A heavily self-repaired (i.e., tape, packing tape, bits of paper) broadside about the use of a microscope. Tape removal, repairing of document, linen portfolio case with foredge ties and stamped leather label.

Full goatskin leather binding, decorated to appear aged, for prop purposes. Artwork stamped in gold on front cover.

Calvino / Six Memos

Stephanie Gibbs

Six Memos For The Next Millennium
Italo Calvino

. . .  When the human realm seems doomed to heaviness, I feel the need to fly like Perseus into some other space. I am not talking about escaping into dreams or into the irrational. I mean that I feel the need to change my approach, to look at the world from a different angle, with different logic, different methods of knowing and proving. The images of lightness I’m looking for shouldn’t let themselves dissolve as dreams do in the reality of the present and future . . .

In the infinite universe of literature there are always other avenues to explore, some brand-new and some exceedingly ancient, styles and forms that can change our image of the world. And when literature fails to assure me that I’m not merely chasing dreams, I look to science to sustain my visions in which all heaviness dissolves . . .