About Us

2007 - 2011 - OWL & LION Gallery
2010 - 2016 - OWL & LION Artisan Bindery

The Owl & Lion, based in the heart of Edinburgh City, brought together fine bookbinding, hand printing, letter press printing and creative teaching. Our unique identity and skilled craftsmanship stood us apart from factory made books and artwork found on the high street. 

Situated in the Grassmarket and West Port area of Edinburgh, the two shops were home to a working bookbindery and print studio where all of the shop items are made. Alongside the shop, the bindery offers fine binding services and ran the largest selection of bookbinding classes in Scotland, covering every stage from beginner to those needing more expertise. 

In an age that has seen an upheaval of the physical book the Owl & Lion continues to be an inspirational addition to the craft that both harnesses the past and creates the future of the book. 

Past and Present Clients: National Trust Scotland National Trust England National Museum Scotland National Library of Scotland University of Edinburgh - Edinburgh College of Art Edinburgh Napiers University National University of Singapore Scottish Book Trusts Scottish Poetry Library Scottish Storytelling Centre Royal College of Art Royal Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh Sydney City Council Other private clients, Schools, artists Collective and private galleries.

Who are the Owl & Lion?

Isabelle Ting: Masterbookbinder
Owned by Florence-trained bookbinder Isabelle Ting, the Owl & Lion Bindery is the first bookbinding establishment to open in the city for decades. Providing bespoke fine binding services, Isabelle also offer bookbinding classes for all levels, as well as producing her own innovative ranges of hand-bound books.

Edward McGowan: Illustrator
Co-founded the Owl & Lion in 2007 and remained to this day as Managing Director as well as our resident illustrator. Edward has gone on to establish his own very successful illustration studio and you can find him at www.edwardmcgowan.com & www.parkopolo.eu

Ciara McDermott: Apprentice Bookbinder
Graduate from the Edinburgh College of Art, Ciara is the Owl & Lion one and only bookbinding apprentice. Having been personally trained by Isabelle for the past three years, she is ready to branch out and teach her own series of classes. Watch out for them in 2014!

Martin McBride: The Docile Dodo - Illustrator, Printmaker
Martin is our Artist-in-Residence and one man Dodo machine. See him in action making Tunnel Books, screen printing and all dodo-ness mayhem... you know you want one!