Winter Class Schedule!


Modern Calligraphy w/ Becka Bravo

We have TWO Beginner Workshops; Sunday January 7th & 21st

Modern Calligraphy for Lovers; Sunday, February 11th


The M.C. Series; Sunday's April 1, 15, & 29th

Register Here


Boxmaking w/ Bari Zaki

Thursday, January 11th

Read more & Register Here


Buttonhole-stitch Bookbinding w/ Bari Zaki

Thursday, February 22nd

Read more & Register Here


Sketchbook Journaling w/ Anne Leuck

Thursday, January 18th


Read more & Register Here


Botanical Drawing w/ Bari Zaki ~ Three Week Series

Thursdays, January 25th, February 1st & 8th

Read more & Register Here


~ Julie Wildman ~

Alphabet Book / Accordion Fold

Saturday, January 24th


Read more & Register Here


Expressive Cursive Handwriting

Saturday, February 24th


Read more & Register here!


~ Emily Franklin ~

Sketch / Doodle / Draw ~ Two Week Class

Wednesdays, February 21st & 28th

Read more & Register Here


Doodle / Draw / Done! ~ Two Week Class

Wednesdays, March 21st & 28th

Read more & Register Here


~ Pam Martinez ~

Introduction to Suminagashi

Saturday, January 13th

Register Here


Introduction Orizomegami

Saturday, February 17th

(center image are papers made by students in our class this past November)


Register Here


Case-binding, Buttonhole-stitch, Accordion fold, & Coptic-stitch
are all available for private or semi-private teaching.

Please feel free to call the studio with any questions

Browse the full class schedule here!


We look forward to seeing you soonish,
& to sharing the love of books, paper, doodling & drawing!

~ BZ

Lovely New Arrivals

Dear Everyone ~

We have some lovely new arrivals, and recently completed handmade books,
in the shop & online,
and so we wanted to send you a visual treat!

~ Vintage Books Rebound w/ Blank Pages ~

~ A Handful of Buttonhole-stitch Books ~

~ Case-bound, Coptic-stitch, & Long-stitch Books ~

~ Sturdy pocket folders imported from Germany ~

Available in three practical sizes; A4, A5, A6


~ Postcard Sets ~


~ Woodless Graphite Pencils & Teeny Tiny pencils ~


~ The Book of MT Washi-tape ~

...just in case you needed some inspiration
for using your washi-tape collection.


~ Pen to Paper ~

A beautiful book about artist's handwritten letters, from the archives of the Smithsonian
which include; Georgia O'Keefe, Saul Steinberg
& Ray Johnson, to name a few.


~ A Rainbow of Waxed-linen Thread ~

(for bookbinding, gift-wrapping or tying on a gift-tag)

And our very own thread chart!


~ Bird Illustrations ~

Each attached to thick card-stock with photo corners,
& presented inside a cello-sleeve.

(limited quantity / in shop only)


~ Celadon Bowls ~

~ Gabe Tetrev has mastered this heavenly celadon glaze ~



 ~ Bundles of Paper Remnants ~

These charmola bundles of luscious papers
are berribboned with beautiful yarn & a vintage postage gift-tag.

...and make a great little stocking stuffer!



~ AND ~

Our STUDIO SALE is coming up soon!

Saturday December 9th & Sunday December 10th

~ Noon to 5pm Both Days ~

We look forward to seeing you soonish!

~ BZ

Save the Date

Dear Everyone ~ Save the Dates!

Saturday December 9th & Sunday December 10th

~ 12 to 5pm both days ~

It's Our Annual Studio Sale, Yay!

 This is last year's studio sale table. Stay tuned for a preview this year's studio sale table.

This is last year's studio sale table. Stay tuned for a preview this year's studio sale table.

We are looking forward to seeing you soonish!

~ BZ

Online Bookbinding Video!

Dear Everyone ~

We are sooooooo delighted to announce our collaboration with
Steve & Carla Sonheim at Sonheim Creative.

The online class includes four videos,
with step by step instruction on
how to make the buttonhole-stitch binding,
with me, on video!


The online class is open for registration now!

Class Dates: October 24th through November 2nd 2017

~ Now available as a self-study class ~

Read more, Watch the trailer & Register here!

And as always, please feel free to call the studio with any questions!



"Growing Our Work" with Cat Bennett

A free class for anyone who has participated in one of the three classes!

Date: Sunday, October 22, 2017

Time: 2 pm - 4 pm



A part of our art-making life is growing our interests and skills. As we go forward we will also grow our vision for our work. This can be anything that feels authentic and inspiring to us. Any vision that is truly ours will be beautiful and find its good place in the world.

Cat has been a professional film animator for children’s television, an illustrator with newspaper and publishing clients, an artist, teacher and author. In this afternoon session, Cat will talk briefly about her own journey, outline the journeys of several well-known and not so well-known artists, and open the room to a discussion of the challenges we all face as creative beings and ways we might meet those challenges as we go forward.

Cat will share how she cultivates good energy for her work life and invite others to share their own insights as well. This will be a fun and relaxing session accompanied by a cup of tea! Fuel for the road ahead! Please join us if you can!


If you have any questions please feel free to call or email me: 773-294-7766 or

Classes are held at:

Bari Zaki Studio3858 North Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60613 

A Trio of Classes with Cat Bennett

Dear Everyone ~

Cat Bennett's classes are posted on our website & are ready for registering!

Drawing with Line: Freeing the Hand
October 21st, 10am - 1pm


Read about & Register Here

Drawing with Shape: Simplifying
October 21st,  2pm - 5pm


Read about & Register Here!

Painted Paper Collage: Getting Bold
October 22nd, 10am - 1pm

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Read about & Register Here!


Growing Our Work
October 22nd, 2pm - 4pm

A free class for anyone who has participated in one of the 3 classes!


~ BZ

Save the Dates! October 21st & 22nd

Saturday October 21st & Sunday October 22nd

Cat Bennett, author of The Confident Creative & Making Art a Practice

(books we carry in the shop)

will be visiting from Boston and teaching both days!

The class lineup will be...

#1 - Line Drawing

#2 - Shapes

#3 - Painted Paper Collage

More info, images, times, etc., will be online this week
& we will announce as soon as they are ready for registering.

So Much Yay!

(can you tell we're just a little excited)

We look forward to seeing you soon,
and to share the love of books, paper, pencils, & drawing!

~ BZ


Swoon - February 2017

Dear Everyone ~

We Love Books, as is no suprise to you!

And so we wanted to share with you some of the lovely books and sketchbooks that have delighted us in recent weeks.

Beginning with these old books... which we are tempted to turn into new books, but for now are completely smitten with the red stained edges, and the numerous amounts of pressed flowers in each and every volume!

Then there's this book of lovliness; The Art of Marbling!
An edition of 200 of which this is #10. Letterpress printed & actual hand-marbled 'specimans" tipped-on a handful of pages.

If you've been follwoing me on instgram then these might look familiar; Emily Franklin, who teaches our Sketch/Doodle/Draw class purchased one of my sketchbooks several moons ago, and has filled each and every page.

We love to see how her work has evolved from the first page to the last.

This book is one of our vintage-book-cover coptic-stitch style books;
(a tongue twister)
It brims with collage on every page & is So Endearing!

And last but not least, Emmy Kennett's (our nimble shop assistant) sketchbook;
We love her whimsy style of drawing, and that she has various uses for her sketchbook.

Writing little notes about this and that, testing different pencils & inks, and experimenting with patterns, one of her favourite things to draw.

Books are a treasure!

An essential tool for telling stories, recording moments, to muse & create.

Books are a companion, and a keepsake.

By making our marks, we see, we learn & we grow.

And we Enjoy!!

Swoonfully yours, in books!

~ BZ

Happy Thank You More Please

Dear Everyone ~ Happy New Year!

And a huge, Huge, HUGE Thank You for such an extraordinary year!

We appreciate so much, all of the love, beauty, warmth, laughter, creativity, & most of all,
your kindred spirits!!

Thank You.

~ BZ