Owner & Managing Director
Zachary is a culture and heritage aficionado with a passion for place-making and the interaction between preservation and the arts. He wears 12 hats at The Bindery including running our letterpress programming, providing creative consulting services, maintaining our collection of vintage equipment, and interfacing with our community of shared-space users.
Originally Zach was the driving force behind saving Milwaukee's last standing traditional book bindery. As a collaborator at heart, he has been consistently working with the book and literary community in Milwaukee to shape a proud, inclusive, and multifaceted future for one of Milwaukee's historic businesses.
Prior to moving to Milwaukee in 2016, Zach was the inaugural manager of CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia's coworking space and programming specifically for arts, creative, and heritage workers. He brings this experience to Milwaukee's first shared work space for book artisans, printmakers, writers, and their creative peers.
Zach holds an M.S. in Historic Preservation from Columbia University, as well as a a B.A. in Arts Management from Bennington College.
Daniel has an M.A. in History from SOAS, University of London and trained in bookbinding in Madison, Wisconsin under Master Bookbinder Christopher Brown. Formerly, he was the founder of Hamlin Binding, a private practice established in Seattle, Washington in 2015. He specializes in repair, leather work, hard case binding, and historic bookbinding practices. Daniel is a proud member of The Guild of Bookworkers.
Michelle Van Patten
Education & Binding Assistant
Michelle began as an apprentice at The Bindery and soon put her new skills to work teaching others. She now runs our main introductory bookbinding courses as well as her self-developed (and beloved) marbling classes for various levels. She can also be found around the shop prepping book covers and sewing page blocks for our various retail offerings. Michelle came to bookbinding and education with a background in sewing, tailoring, and a love for customer service across industries.
BEARBEAR (Diana & Ben)
In-House Risography & Design Partner
BearBear is a team of designers and illustrators led by Diana H. Chu and Benjamin Grzenia since 2019. The bears' studio lives here at The Bindery where we partner up for their expertise in Risograph printing, specialty cover cut-outs, design wizardry, and general creative camaraderie!
Milwaukee Zine Fest Coordinator
Quinn Blackshere is a Milwaukee-based illustrator whose interests span a range of artistic avenues from animation, to comics, to zines! Quinn found her way to Milwaukee Zine Fest in early 2019 when she joined forces to teach zine workshops with The Bindery. From there, Quinn was welcomed into the Milwaukee Zine Fest Zine Team. Quinn has found a home in helping run the festival, connecting with local zine makers, and now becoming the first Latina to be a director within Milwaukee Zine Fest and The Bindery project.
Quinn’s passion has always resided in storytelling through drawing. Through creating comprehensive worlds and enjoyable characters, her goal is to transport the viewer to a fantastic yet relatable new realm. Her work is whimsical, colorful, and often with a sprinkle of humor. Quinn uses her background in illustration to create image based zines, and connect with other artists within the zine community.