In an age of mass production of machine bound books, we like to stay true to the tradition of hand bound books, a slow and mediative process. Each book that leaves our studio is seen as a keepsake made for treasured memories and artwork, not something that should be hidden away, but instead displayed, loved and maybe passed on to their next guardian.
Our books are made with sustainable,earth-friendly and handmade papers as well as vintage textiles and reclaimed leather; materials that already have a history behind them, made anew for your stories.
Moneeza Khan -Bookbinder | Artist
My love of photography led me to making journals and photo albums to document my travels in the early 90's when I worked as a product designer for a family run handicrafts business which enabled me to travel through South Asia and beyond sourcing handmade crafts, vintage textiles and rugs. It was during this enriching period in my life that I was drawn to the art of bookbinding which I have since been exploring as an art form. I am self-taught, constantly learning and full of ideas for more books than I probably have time to make. My work is heavily influenced by my South Asian and English heritage and my background in textiles and block printing. I began Lotus Blu Book Art in 2011 as a sideline to my day job which quickly became more than a full-time occupation requiring an extra pair of hands or two.
In 2018 my creative Mother and Auntie joined Lotus Blu as studio help during busy wedding season.