Bari is now an honorary member of Union Handmade. Her studio and shop are right next door!


Bari Zaki has been a professional bookbinder for 26 years (exactly half her life). She has been a paper person her entire life.  Her dad, a printer, regularly brought home paper in various forms: stacks of paper, scraps of paper, pads of paper…and assorted printed samples. This was her FAVOURITE part of the day.

In Bari’s bedroom she had a little walk-in-closet, where she often hung out for hours, amusing herself arranging all her paper samples.  She still thinks of her bookbinding studio as a larger version of that closet.