A Delightful Detour

Dear Everyone ~
We’d like to invite you (if you are in the vicinity) to come see ––
and touch –– a swoonable project we recently completed. 
The client has been so generous as to give us a limited-edition copy of JOHNSTON, his family memoir. 
We had the daunting pleasure of binding three pamphlets and four Japanese-style bindings
for 29 limited edition sets and 30 trade edition sets.
We are talking about a total of 413 stitched booklets!
You can read about JOHNSTON in the Project Gallery.
Let us tempt you with one extraordinary detail:
The paper for the covers of the limited-edition booklets is made from
tablecloths and napkins that belonged to the client’s grandmother
(the author of the memoir).
Many of our appreciators haven’t had an opportunity to see our custom work,
and JOHNSTON is a prime example of a glorious collaboration.
Custom bookbinding and boxmaking continue to be a source of double happiness for us.
We’ve updated the Project Gallery to include not only Johnston
but also several other wonderful commissions.


 We look forward to seeing you soonish!

~ Bari


New Arrivals in Shop and Online

Dear Everyone ~

It's officially Spring! 

And we wanted share all the lovely new & springy things that have been
percolating in the studio & shop.

Including an Updated Online Shop!


~ Coptic-stitch, Long-stitch & Buttonhole-stitch Books ~


~ Vintage Book Covers Rebound with New Blank Pages ~


This binding style dates back to the 14th century at least.
Traditionally the cover is made from Goatskin vellum.
We decided to make this one with a thick sheet of handmade paper.
It's sewn on strips of leather
& woven through the cover.
It also has handwoven headbands.

~ We will be offering this as a class, to be announced very soonish! ~


New & Replenished Washi-Tapes



We now have All Three of Cat Bennett's book, lovingly signed!


European Folders w/ Elastic Closure

Avaiable in A4, A5, & A6 - measurements are listed in our online shop.

(supplies are limited)

A5, (seen below) the smallest adorable size fits postcards Perfectly!!



New Patterns of French Notebooks (lined)



~ New Carta Pura Papers ~

Writing, Drawing, Watercolor & Stationery


~ Italian Glue-sticks ~

(they smell like maraschino cherries, + they're very good glue-sticks!)


~ Teeny Tiny Butterfly-Clips ~

We've been working our nimble fingers to the bone, as they say.

They are back in stock online!


Our Latest Favourite Washi-Tape, Of Course!

(also avaible online)

~ J. Herbin Fountain Pen & Calligraphy Inks ~

Available in a delightful selection of colours!




We look forward to seeing you soonish!

~ Bari

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 bz@barizaki.com

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