Note time like the present!

Dear Everyone ~

Here is a colorful preview of new noteworthy arrivals,
or maybe they are noteworthy new arrivals.
Either way, they will organize your thoughts and brighten your desk.


These notebooks come in two sizes, square (5.5") and portrait (8.25 x 5")
Hang on to your ruler!
Five different interior patterns to choose from,
three in the square format and two in the portrait format.
(In shop only)

A fresh supply of our favourite French notebooks for your bon mots!
64 lined pages of creamy ivory, with rounded corners. (5.5 x 8.25")
The newest covers are très colorful and chic-ly charmant.


Pre-assorted pairs of stylish sticky notes.
(2.5 x 2.875")

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Mini Notebooks (4.125 x 5.5") come in six lovely colors:
Juicy Apricot, Early Morning, Darkest Chocolate,
Santa Rosa Plum, Warm Sidewalk, Blushing Peach.
Each interior has a different lined or grid pattern (30 pages),
which is also cleverly printed on the cover as a label.

Fab pad of 24 Japanese cold-press postcards
with classic red postal rectangles on the message side.
Lovely for a little watercolor.
(5.75 x 3.875")


Notebooks with linen covers
that feel deliciously textured in your hand.
Six colors: Orange, Smoke, Rust, Black, Cornflower, Terra Cotta.
The 48 sheets are all imprinted with a micro-grid (5.125 x 8.125").
Designed by Maharam, established in New York by Louis Maharam in 1902.

24K gold-plated paper clips under glass,
by Studio Carta. Available in Normale (shown here)
& Gigante (veramente jumbo!)


June is just around the corner.
(And our fabulous neighbors are just next door, on both sides,
and all the way down the block.)
Start your summer with a well-dressed desk
and a notebook (or few) to take wherever you go.

      ~  Bari    

Summertime Bookbinding Bonanza

Dear Everyone ~

Treat yourself (or a lucky someone) to a creative holiday in town.
Get a splash of inspiration by diving into bookbinding
or refreshing your drawing delight—
and enjoy a heady interlude of creative camaraderie.

The natural light in the studio is particularly dreamy during the summer.
I'll be here for the entire season & will teach six classes,
including four new binding techniques:
Butterfly stitch / Coptic stitch with case paper cover /
Accordion book / Limp vellum with case paper cover

If a scheduled date isn't good for you,
inquire about taking a private or semiprivate class at your leisure/pleasure.
I'm happy to offer this at only slightly more than the regular class fee.

Our summer schedule at the studio also features calligraphy classes
with Becka Bravo and Julie Wildman,
and drawing classes with Anne Leuck and Emily Franklin.

Looking ahead to September: I'll be teaching in Boston at Studio Carta,
the studio of my dear friend and long-time collaborator Angela Liguori.
(Angela is also our source for the incredible ribbons
we use in our bookbinding & boxmaking classes.
You can buy them at the shop!)


Limp-Vellum Binding with Case-Paper Cover with Bari Zaki


Saturday, June 9  11am–4pm

(two seats still open)

Read a detailed class description and register here.


Introduction to Modern Calligraphy with Becka Bravo


Sundays, June 10, 24 & July 22  1–4pm

Read a detailed class description and register here.


I am delighted by the classes here, teaching only the highest and the purest craft, no matter the subject, with kindness and encouragement to be true to your own inner muse. Tom G., designer, calligrapher & world traveler


Accordion Book with Bari Zaki


Saturday, June 16  11am–2pm

(three seats still open)

Read a detailed class description and register here.


Inrtoduction to Boxmaking with Bari Zaki


Saturday, June 30  11am–2pm

(Sold out. Stay tuned for our next date)

Read a detailed class description and register here.


The studio is a secret garden full of wonder without judgment where I see amazing creativity, and love surrounds the space. – Julia S., cyclist & beekeeper


Sketch / Doodle / Draw with Emily Franklin


Thursdays,  June 14 & 21  6:30–8pm
Read a detailed class description and register here.


Expressive Cursive Handwriting with Julie Wildman

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Saturday, July 14  11am–2pm

Read a detailed class description and register here.


Classes at Bari Zaki Studio are great fun and do exactly what art classes are supposed to do: inspire me to continue learning and creating, and provide the skills to do that. What a wonderful way to develop or build on artistic skill –Janet B., retired English teacher, long-time knitter & novice drawing enthusiast


Most Memorable Meals with Anne Leuck


Saturday, July 21  11am–2pm

Read a detailed class description and register here.


Butterfly Stitch with Bari Zaki


Saturday, August 11  11am–2pm

Read a detailed class description and register here.


Coptic Stitch with Case Paper Cover with Bari Zaki


Saturday, August 4  11am–2pm

Read a detailed class description and register here.


Bari Zaki Studio is Shangri-La for the senses and the spirit
(and the "loveliest" cup of tea) – Erika V., style maven, gardener & tea connoisseur

Buttonhole Stitch with Bari Zaki


Saturday, August 11  11am-2pm

Read a detailed class description and register here.


We look forward to seeing you soon
and sharing our love of paper, pen and ink with you!

~ Bari

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

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