About Ruth

Ruth Bleakley bookbinding at Penland School of CraftsBookbinding is a craft I never knew existed until I was in my early twenties in college. When I took a course called “Artist’s Books” I instantly fell in love with the techniques and sewing structures I learned. I already liked making cards and embroidery, so bookbinding seemed like a natural marriage of the two!

I’ve always been one of those people who bought lots of blank journals and never wrote in them (I do now though! one page a day is the way to go) because I loved the paper. Well now I have an excuse to buy all KINDS of fancy papers, and handmade screen printed papers from Japan, Nepal and Thailand are my favorite.

I create all of my work with my own hands – the book covers are hand cut, the pages hand folded and the books are sewn together! I enjoy breathing life into an ancient craft (going back thousands of years!) and putting my own colorful, whimsical spin on it.

In March of 2011 I started my own stationery line called Concertina Press РI design vintage style nautical invitations and stationery. Check out my Concertina Press Etsy Shop and my Concertina Press blog, too.

Want to contact me?

Ruth (at!) RuthBleakley (dot!) com