Launched in February 2018, The Trenery Guild is a collaborative project that partners Trenery with leading South African artists and together they create artwork for unique in store activations.
Lunetta Bartz, a Joburg based furniture and interior designer and owner of MAKER, a store specialising in the craft of hand-binding journals and artists’ books, recently joined the creatively cool collective.
Bartz has created a bespoke journal, the MAKER x The Trenery Guild journal, for her 2019 collaboration with Trenery. The book is handbound in grey linen, filled out with recycled Cyclus offset paper and will be given as a limited-edition gift to Trenery customers exclusively at their Hyde Park store.
‘Book binding is about detail, very much like interior design, just in a much smaller format. Every detail is highly considered in order to evoke a sensory experience and interaction with this uniquely bound paper journal.’
‘That’s my love for books. I know everyone types on computers, these days, but nothing is physically left any more. With books, the trace is there, they are a very special way of holding knowledge so they may as well be beautiful,’ shared Bartz.
The collaboration takes its cue from the new Trenery seasonal collection, one that conjures a sense of awakening and mindfulness.
Together with her long-time assistant, Sam Nyalungu, MAKER runs out of Bartz’s boutique book bindery in Kew, Johannesburg. The team produces their artisinal books through a focused, detail-orientated process. Take a look at a few images of the creation process and the MAKER x The Trenery Guild journal below.