FCF Hoosier Holiday Gift Guide Day 1: the binding bee

‘Tis the season for giving, right? So we here at funcityfinder.com in Indianapolis felt that on top of giving you the best we’ve got when it comes to what’s going on in the Circle City, we will give you a little help in trying to find that perfect gift for the special someone on your list. Today is December 4, so over the next twenty days we will give you twenty ways to show you truly care. In the true spirit of Hoosier pride, we will try to suggest only that which is home-grown or handmade right here in Indiana.

DAY 1- the Binding Bee

At some point in our lives we were all forced to read what those older and in authoritative positions deemed the  “classics.” Perhaps it was Edgar Allen Poe’s chilling The Tell-Tale Heart or Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird during grade school. When you reached high-school and beyond, the required reading lists were filled with works from Jane Austin and William Shakespeare. Maybe you are part of the minority that actually reads for the pure enjoyment of it.

No matter what category you fall into, there came a day when you finished a book, and whether you loved it or hated it, you felt you could have written it better. Well thanks to Megan Winn and the binding bee now you can…sort of.

Megan Winn is a bookbinder who creates one of a kind journals, guestbooks, photo albums and pretty much anything else that has a cover and is filled with paper. Sure, you can find all of these in many stores while shopping in Indianapolis, but Megan’s work offers a uniqueness that you can’t find anywhere else in Indy.

Winn says it best herself when describing her craft. “All of my books are handmade with love. They are each carefully crafted by hand with lots of time, attention and good energy. Most of them contain recycled and up-cycled materials, vintage goodies, and other unique quirks.”

Based out of Danville, IN, Megan had created these handmade paper-works for years before deciding in January of 2009 that she was going to offer her trade to the public. In less than a year, through various Indianapolis art fairs and festivals, Megan has become yet another budding Indiana artist that needs to be recognized.

All of the binding bee‘s creations are eco-friendly and the utmost importance is placed on using up-cycled and recycled materials, from the book-boards to the pages themselves. And this is where rewriting the classics comes in. One of the most unique features of Winn’s work is that she will create a personal journal for any individual with the supplies they provide her.

If you feel Hemingway got it wrong by letting old Santiago’s fish be eaten in The Old Man and the Sea, find a hard cover copy, get it to the binding bee and she will create a new book for you to rework the ending. Perhaps your favorite author got it just right and you want your daily journal to be covered by the same binding that housed the words that changed the way you live. Now you can.

No matter if this is a gift for the next great Indianapolis writer in your life, or a personal gift for yourself to keep track of your daily thoughts, Megan Winn and the binding bee can help you. She does take personal orders and will do all she can to exceed all expectations…even Great Expectations.

You can find Megan Winn’s work and shop online at her own person website at bindingbee.etsy.com.


Megan will also be at the Indy Arts Sale December 11, 2009 held in the Indianapolis Artsgarden at the Circle Centre Mall in downtown Indianapolis. Don’t miss this opportunity to pick up a one-of-a-kind gift for that special someone.