Meet the Makers

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Want to know whose hands are quietly and confidently crafting these books? Meet Meredith and Avelino, the team behind UpDown.

Our Books

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In this digital age, we revel in the sensual pleasure that is handmade books. The deep texture of bookcloth, the rich color of paper, and the sweet smell of waxed thread: this fuels our creative passion.

Your Book

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We have the perfect book waiting for you. Visit our shop on Etsy to find your book-ish soul mate, or get in touch with us to create the book of your dreams.

Dispatches from the Studio

Join us as we explore the world of book arts and bookbinding.

  • New books up in our shop! It’s been tons of fun lately playing around with these small notebooks, which are bound in the single-pamphlet, hard case style. They’re about 5×7 and each have about 20 pages. They’re perfect for tossing in your purse or keeping lists or messages in. Want one of your own? Visit […]

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  • Someone recently asked me for advice on pricing handmade books, and I thought that there might be others out there struggling with that same topic, so I’m sharing my answer here. A couple disclaimers: I’m not an expert on pricing/retail, and I don’t make a full-time living by selling my books. But I’ve spent a […]

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  • We’re so excited about the launch of our shop on Etsy! Stop by and browse around. And make sure you like our Facebook page–right now we’re giving away $10 off coupons*! *Coupons–we’re so official and fancy pants!

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  • In September, we took a trip down to Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina to attend a wedding and visit with family. We weren’t there long, but a few days were all I needed to collect a couple jars full of beautiful shells and shell fragments. I knew I’d want to use them on some books. […]

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  •   One of my favorite things about book binding is choosing the materials to work with for each book. For this beauty, I used this amazing, shimmering copper paper I stumbled across at Kate’s Paperie in NYC during a recent visit there. I also finally got the chance to use a beautiful, variegated blue cotton […]

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  • As you may know, I’m a graduate of the University of Baltimore M.F.A. in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts, and I teach there now. I love this program because, in addition to asking writers to explore their primary craft, it also asks writers to begin to think of themselves as publishers and even book binders/artists. […]

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  • May 2013 is going to be a big month for UpDown Press and Bindery. Why, you ask? Because this month we are publishing Linda Crosfield’s poem “Take A Chance” as a beautiful little accordion book!  We feel like proud parents! It has been an awesome experience to work with someone else’s writing to create a […]

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  • One of the things I’ve tasked myself with lately is learning more ways to create my own materials for my bookmaking work. Over the past six months, I’ve tried my hand at sewing my own headbands, decorating my own artist’s paper, and even building my own punching cradle. Of course, the list of things I […]

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  • I admit it: I tend to scoff at soft cover book forms. They feel too simple, too basic, and are, at best, building blocks for bigger, more complicated books. Better, instead, to dive into the complexities of hard cover books, engineering and constructing from paper and book board and glue and stitches. But perhaps I’ve been wrong […]

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  • I’ve been working as a book binder and artist for something like 5 years now, and I’ve spent most of that time focusing on more traditional fine binding. I think this is in no small part because I have such a deep and long-term love of that familiar book form, and I love learning all […]

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