Ellen and Reed

Ellen Lebitz and Reed Braden have been exploring bookbinding and book arts for 15 and 11 years respectively.

Ellen grew up in Brooklyn, New York. She has a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Art, and became interested in bookbinding and book arts as a printmaker. Her lithographs are narrative in nature, and it was her desire to bind her own work that led her to the craft of bookbinding. She has a personal interest in historic bookbinding types and contemporary uses of those types.

Reed grew up in the Northwest. He created many artist's books while earning his undergraduate degree in Art. In 1993 he received a grant for a book arts project to make books based on an experience hiking Vancouver Island, using alternative materials such as glass, paint, and clay. He came to bookbinding as a craft, first as an apprentice to Ellen, and then as a full partner in the business they started together.

Ellen and Reed live in Bellingham, Washington with their new son Thomas Aster, their cat Kitty, and their dog Balthus.
Reed measuring Ellen sorting paper Ellen and Reed on Mt. St. Helens

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Updated 12/6/02