Deborah V. Thompson
Owner | bookbinder | marbler
Hello and welcome to my website!
I'm a bookbinder, paper marbler and the founder and owner of Echo Art Bindery. I've been making and selling books since 1996 - first starting as a vendor at the Portland Saturday Market, moving on to selling wholesale to places like Papyrus, Kate's Paperie, and Sam Flax and then to working exclusively with wedding photographers.
When I had my first daughter in 2008 I focused on being a mom and thinking about my next steps in my career. I took classes on landscape design, bookbinding and paper marbling among other things like ornithology. In 2010 I had my second daughter and then got the idea of creating a baby book. I couldn't find just what I wanted for my girls, so over the last 5 years I've worked to make the idea in my head into an actual real thing you can buy. I've learned so much while doing this project - about design, about working with an illustrator and about production (the books are commercially made right here in New England) and now about sales and marketing.
I did decide to go back to school. I'm currently a fifth year student at the American Academy of Bookbinding in Telluride, CO.
Take a look below for more information on hand binding projects and paper marbling.
Hand crafted books
I've been making albums for 20 years! With each project I am excited to see how the materials come together through the binding process, each step building upon the next. Each project teaches me something - something about my tools, about the materials, and how to work best with them.
Latest video from the studio
To see past video's click on the YouTube icon below. see other social media outlets for current and past projects.
Hand marbled paper
The Art of Marbling - There are many different ways to achieve a "marbled" effect on paper or fabric. I marble with acrylic paint on a bath of water that is made thick by the addition of carrageenan (the powder form of a type of seaweed). Each of the paint colors is dropped onto the bath spreading out in a circle like oil in water. After I add the paint I use a marbling comb or stylus to create a pattern. There are countless possibilities for color and design.