Iris Graville – writer and book-binder

Ever since attending my
first hand-bound journal-making
workshop in 1997, I’ve been
captivated by paper – its
texture, color, and as a medium
to express myself. Bookbinding is the ideal accompaniment to my work as a writer, providing me the skills to create beautiful (and sometimes, quirky) places to record words. My fascination with paper has expanded my repertoire to collage cards, bookmarks, artists’ books, altered books, and hand-made boxes. I think of my journals and boxes as sacred spaces to be filled with meaningful words and images. 

In 2009 I published my first book, Hands at Work—Portraits and Profiles of People Who Work with Their Hands.  You can find out more about it at



See my work at:

Chimera Gallery, Lopez Island
Sharkreef Literary Magazine


  Box and Hand-Bound Books