about collaboration

Collaboration brings together the diverse experience, complementary talents, and shared aesthetic of two Chicago studios and their principals, Trisha Hammer and Julie Naggs. We design and meticulously craft unique pieces to address client needs. The result of merging innovative design with the timeless handcrafting of materials is a powerful communication tool.

CAPABILITIES | Custom Bookbinding and Design | Classic and Non-traditional Bindings | Single and Edition Bindings | Protective and Decorative Enclosures | Portfolios and Presentations | Albums and Commemoratives | Exhibition Catalogs | Book and Paper Conservation and Repair | Artist Collaborations

CLIENTS | Fine, Private, and University Presses | Advertising and Design Firms | Artists and Photographers | Book Dealers and Collectors | Businesses and Individuals

TRISHA HAMMER | bookbinder + designer | Trisha specializes in non-traditional bindings that marry form and content in a way that creates reverberation between the two. Her background in communication design, artful selection of materials, and attention to detail are reflected in her work for a range of clients, among them artists and design firms and her many years of work with Sherwin Beach Press. Her books and commissions have won design awards, been exhibited internationally, and are held in library collections at Northwestern University, University of Chicago, Stanford University, University of San Francisco, University of Alberta, University of Illinois at Chicago, as well as the National Library of New Zealand, The Chicago Public Library, The Boston Public Library, The New York Public Library, and The Library of Congress.

JULIE NAGGS | bookbinder + conservator | Julie’s artful bindings and thoughtful conservation work consistently recognize the unique form and character of the object. She began her career as student assistant to the conservator in the Department of Special Collections, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, at the University of Kansas. She obtained her B.A. in Art History, then went on to apprentice with Chicago book and paper conservators William Minter and Scott Kellar for twelve years before starting her own studio. She has taught at the Art Institute of Chicago, Evanston Arts Center, Paper Source, and Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts. Julie’s work has won design awards and has been exhibited with the Guild of Bookworkers and Chicago Hand Bookbinders, of which she is a past president.

Trisha Hammer & Julie Naggs
GRETA | studio dog + comedic actress | Greta is a spunky, four year old miniature dachshund who joined us in June of 2010. Greta is as smart and sweet as she is cute, which as you see she has in spades. A discerning reader, Greta’s favorite book is David Hockney’s Dog Days. She enjoys the paintings and drawings of his two beloved dachshunds, Stanley and Boodgie.