Hinged Strung Stitched - Custom Portfolios and Albums Made in Portland, Oregon Blog

Portfolios for photographers, designers, and conservators.

It feels deceptively like summer here in Portland, Oregon. Like the cherry blossoms dotting the city, we’ve been sitting pretty under tranquil festoons of productivity.

This season we are debuting two specialized portfolio products: a book or a box to house your creative endeavors. Each is suited to different applications, with a small variety of elements to customize.

Please send us your questions with ideas or needs.

 

 

Pssst, we’re working on a new website to launch later this fall. Keep your eyes peeled for the change brewing in our SE Portland studio!

Custom Portfolios for Creatives

Clamshell Feature for Designers, Architects, & Photographers

Whether you are a seasoned professional or a student entering the workforce, the best way to feature your body of work is with a presentation piece made especially to house it. Why is a custom portfolio right for you? In this day and age the packaging is just as important as the product inside — first impressions separate the wheat from the chaff.

Bamboo & Bookcloth Post Bound Design Portfolio Open Bookcloth Clamshell for Long Stitch Album Business Card Detail inside back cover of Post Bound Design Portfolio Memory Bookcloth Clamshell with Custom Compartments Dove Gray Bookcloth Clamshell for Coptic Bound Design Portfolio Navy Clamshell for Winery

Also key to your presentation are high quality prints of your work. We work exclusively with experts Pushdot Studio and Stevens IS for our clients’ digital printing needs.

Contact us with any questions about the materials we source, optional add-ons, or any other ideas you might have that will distinguish your work as the crème de la crème. We are happy to assist you in the pursuit of your dream job!

Portfolio with Cedar Cover Coptic Bound

“I got an internship with the very first firm I applied to because of the awesome work you guys did on my portfolios.”
- Matt F.

 

Shop PortfoliosPortfolios in Our GalleryStudent Design Portfolio

Happy New Year / New Silkscreening Service

We trust you rang in 2015 with both style & intention. Here at HSS we’ve got our own tradition on New Year’s Day – finding the nearest freezing body of water and jumping in whole hog! Only the brave Molly made good this year, but hey, Chinese New Year is just around the corner for those of us with, uh…cold feet. In any case, we are back in the studio and excited to provide you both style AND intention with this exciting announcement of our new custom service…

SILKSCREEN PERSONALIZATION ON OUR BOOK & BOX COVERS

Remember our fun holiday collaboration with Polygon Press? As an experimental foray into silkscreening and pattern-making, the HSS ladies & Miss Tracey Harrison, owner of Polygon here in Portland, Oregon, created designs to be printed onto the covers.

Fox Pattern Blank Journal, Lined or Unlined1 Handbound Silkscreen Flower Folio Journal1 Arabesque Instagram Photo Album copy

These beauties turned out so well that we have now partnered up in order to provide you with yet another custom service for your bindery needs! Have a company logo or a dreamy pattern for your custom book or box? Silkscreening on our products starts at $150.00. This option adds a uniquely dimensional quality to enhance the structure and character of your custom book or box. Check out our past client samples below. Truly we are thankful to start this year off by expanding our services. As always, if you have any questions feel free to send us a line.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! LOVE, HSS

Graphic Design Silkscreened Portfolio Logo Graphic Design Silkscreened Portfolio Logo

Ava Gene Leather Cover Post Bound Menu, Silkscreen Full 2 SONY DSC

(Parenthetical aside: Last year our custom label services were limited to letterpress printed plaques, blind debossing or foil stamping. Visit our gallery for more photos.)

 

Small Edition of Hand Bound Books

Short Run Of Books Printed and Bound in Portland, Oregon

We love working with clients to build fine, custom hand-bound books. We specialize in exposed spine stitching, and can add debossing, screenprinting, and letterpress artwork to book covers. (Please contact us for further details if you have a project. See our FAQ page for general pricing and turnaround time.)

The project below was for the 100th anniversary of the local electrician’s union. They asked us to build 20 books that included the history of their organization. We used black thread in a long stitch style to bind the pages, which were printed by local shop Bridgetown Printing. Within a recess on the cover is a plaque letterpress printed by KeeganMeegan & Co.

Edition of 20 Hand Bound Books

Custom Hand Bound Book Detail

Union Letterpress Logo On Book Cover

Order Small Edition of Hand Bound Books

 

 

See Other Binding StylesView Other Custom WorkSee Logos on Book Covers

 

 

Heirloom Photo Presentation Box

A Personal, Timeless Gift

We were recently asked to build an incredible keepsake for a former First Lady. What an honor. Our client wanted to collect photos of the First Lady’s experiences around the world, and preserve them in an archival, handmade album. Since the photos were going to be large and many, we ultimately chose to build a clamshell box. The box provides a stunning way to showcase the photos, and allows the viewer to hold and experience each photo individually.

Watching the First Lady carefully view each photo and talk about the experience it represented was truly memorable. We were so thankful to work on this, and to have a client who values and supports our craft. Thank you also, to Pushdot Studio, for their incredible work on the image printing.

Heirloom Photo Presentation Box Photo Presentation Keepsake Box Hand Crafted Fine Photo Presentation Fine Photo Album Alternative

View Custom Work Shop Clamshell BoxesMore About Boxes

 

 

Blind Debossing Books in Portland

Logos Imprinted on Book Covers

If custom made books are great, then personalized books are excellent! Here at HSS we have a handy Kwikprint Foil Stamper (named Winston), which we use to imprint logos and names on book covers (sorry, we are not able to deboss on any other items). We recently completed a job for R/West printing Bridgeport Brewing logos on beer journals. Our own debossed branding and a portrait of Winston are also below. Have a look!

Blind Deboss Book Cover

deboss on book cover portland

Foil Stamping in Portland

Contact us if you’re interested in having us blind deboss for you. See more debossing samples in the Personalization section of our Gallery.

 

 

Our Family Has Grown

Please pardon the blog hiatus…

It has been a bit since I’ve updated our blog — in August I gave birth to a baby boy. While Molly has continued cutting, sewing, tearing, binding, gluing, and shipping, I have been busy changing, burping, feeding, playing, and — mostly– adjusting.

But we are still busy here at the studio, and we are still making a shipping orders across the world. So this is just a quick “Hello! We’re still around! We still love what we do! And our family has grown.”

HSS Baby

(P.S. This little boy shows remarkable dexterity — he’ll be sewing books with us in no time.)

 

 

Custom Book Cloth Colors

New Colors for Custom Albums, Portfolios, and Boxes

We’re excited to announce that we’ve recently added ten, count ‘em, TEN new cloth colors to our product line. These cloths are our “Professional Palette,” and are perfect for post-bound portfolios, or for a clean, simple finish on photo albums:

Book cloth portfolio swatches

For comparison, our existing colors, in our “Heirloom,” “Nautral,” and “Baby” palette are below:

Natural book colors

Bookcloth colors

 

All of our online products are now available in any of these colors. Woo hoo!

Shop PortfoliosShop Photo AlbumsShop Baby Book

Album for Family Portraits

Handmade Album for Professional Portrait Session

In celebration of her husband Bob’s 70th birthday, Linda J. set up a portrait session for their family with Ann Arbor photographer John Shultz. After the session, she contacted us here at HSS to build albums to hold the family’s favorite portraits from the sitting. She chose our trifold albums to hold the photos, and let each household choose the cloth and thread colors they liked best for their album. We then built the albums, mounted the photos, and shipped each album off to its respective new home. Have a look:

 

Personalized Photo Album    Albums for Family Members

Family Portrait Album

Album for Family Photos    Family Portrait Album

 

What a great way to preserve these wonderful pictures. Thank you for working with us, Linda!

Shop Photo AlbumsWedding Album with Photo PrintsAnniversary Album

Graphic Design Portfolio

Portfolio for Portland Design Student

We recently completed a portfolio for Chloe Fields, a local design student. She wanted something that complemented her work and gave her sophomore design portfolio a polished look. We think the simplicity of the portfolio design really lets her work shine. And shine it does! This gal is going places. Have a look:

Graphic Design Portfolio

Personalized Portfolio Book    Typography Potfolio

Post Bound Portfolio    Design Portfolio Book

Nice work, Chloe!

Shop Custom PortfoliosArchitect PortfoliosCustom Portfolios in our Gallery