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

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


Dear Everyone ~

It's n-e-a-r-l-y December and we're excited to announce the goings on at Bari Zaki Studio & Shop this month.

This weekend, December 3rd & 4th we're part of Gift Chicago.

To celebrate Makers and Shop Local, 36 independently owned shops throughout Chicago will be offering special promotions, trunk shows & giveaways.

To honor the occasion of being part of this amazing group, all case-bound books will be 15% off for the weekend!

A Rare Occasion!

(if you are out of town and would like to purchase a book, please feel free to call the studio)

Next weekend, December 10th & 11th is our 17th Annual Holiday Sale! Saturday & Sunday from 12 - 5pm

The center table will be brimming with an assortment of calligraphy, drawing, & writing supplies, papers & envelopes, all berribonned for immediate gift-giving or stocking stuffers. Philatelic pages filled with vintage postage. There will be a handful of handbound books and boxes, and a smattering of items we've been collecting for this very moment.

We look forward to delighting you with our assortment this year!

Holiday Hours ~

Holiday Hours begin Wednesday December 14th

Weekdays ~ 12 - 6pm
~ Including Monday the 19th & Tuesday the 20th ~
Weekends from 12 - 5pm

Saturday, Christmas Eve, closing at 3pm

We look forward to seeing and celebrating with you this month!

~ BZ

Swoon - October

Dear Everyone ~

We're swooning over this weeks' bookbinding project!

And last weeks' bookbinding project…

One Year Anniversary's; the symbol which is Paper, are the inspirations for these commissions.

30 different colour sheets of Hanji paper from Japan
Buttonhole-Stitch Binding
Handmade paper cover
Sewn with waxed-linen thread

50-ish assorted sized cards sent to the bride & groom for their wedding celebration
Case-binding ~ (the thickest book I had ever sewn in this style!)
Linen cover with hahnemuhle paper end-sheets


Hope you are having a delightful October!

~ BZ


Dear Everyone ~

Hawthorne Home is officially open!

We've been buzzing all summer about the space at the south end of our makers row, and this weekend Hawthorne Home celebrates their official opening.

Robert Rud designed all three of our shops: Union Handmade, Bari Zaki Studio, & Knit 1. ...which also included finding charming & stylish, fixtures & furniture, to say the least!

We are thrilled he's taken his leap of faith & joined us on Lincoln Avenue!

Celebrations begin Saturday October 8th, from 11am - 7pm

To honor the occassion, we will have a huge bowl of our beloved malted-milk balls!

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

~ BZ