History



2007 - 2011 - OWL & LION Gallery


2010 - 2016 - OWL & LION Artisan Bindery

The Owl & Lion, based in the heart of Edinburgh City, was the first Artisan Bookbindery to open in the city for decades. 

With a select group of trained Bookbinders and Illustrators designing and producing bespoke hand bound books and original hand prints, our unique identity and skilled craftsmanship stood us apart from factory made products found on the high street.



Situated in the Grassmarket and West Port area of Edinburgh, the two workshops were home to a working bindery and print studio where all of the shop items were made. Alongside the shop, the bindery offered fine binding, conservation and repair services and ran the largest selection of bookbinding classes in Scotland and Europe.

There are workshops covering every stage from beginner to those needing more expertise. Our specialty is in working with various institution to plan and delivery workshops for their Education and Outreach programme.

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



Some of our 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.