Hello, I am Stopan
I am fascinated by pre-printing press book structures and incorporate much of their valuable properties into my designs. Most recently, I do my best to pay homage to the old Bulgarian decorative traditions and use them as a base, while at the same time barraging it with a bit of contemporary chaos.
I cherish the old bindings, made in monasteries by self-taught scribes. They managed to produce beautiful books that remain intact even centuries later. I admire the scale of these works, their rоugh structure, sincerity and undeniable toughness.
I strive to re-create their spirit from my point of view and the time I live in, to give breath to a severed tradition. I want the book to take part in one’s life, so I scale them down, make them comfortable to the hand and eye, build them tough with a vocation to become a most trusted and treasured companion in writing or reading. I strive to make a book one can rely on and bond with.
At the beginning of 2018, I was formally recognized by the Bulgarian National Craft Chamber as a master bookbinder. A goal I’ve been preparing for with constant trial and error, reading up literature and examining examples of bindings in our libraries’ special collections, trying to deconstruct the methods of their making.
A few months later, my father joined in and in his small jeweler’s workshop, he creates unique pieces of jewelery, pens, corners, clasps and fittings from precious metals. Again, working by traditional methods, each piece of metal worked by hand and of his original design.
We share the belief and somewhat the naivete, that the most sincere way to work is the old way – many hours spent in devotion to our chosen material.
Our Work and Clients
Each of us brings our own insights into our work, but we share the common goal of manifesting our vision of beauty and durability into book form.
The rugged pieces of stationary are handcrafted with longevity and significance in mind. We embrace roughness in the design, as we believe it strengthens the connection between the book and person. Each of us find ourselves in the positive as well as the negative.
Our clients are visionaries who wish to leave a trace of their history and acomplishments for the generations ahead. Our books help to create a very personal heritage piece, worthy of passing down.