About Us



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.

Who are the Owl & Lion

Isabelle Ting: Bookbinder 
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 Gallery 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

Marcin Potepski: Graphic Designer, Printmaker
Ciara McDermott: Apprentice Bookbinder
Gareth Hardisty: Apprentice Bookbinder
Sean Maguire: Apprentice Bookbinder
Martin McBride: Illustrator, Printmaker
Marcin Potepski: Graphic Designer, Printmaker