Dear Friends, Family and Fans,
Given the uncertainty and disruption that we are all facing during this time, we’d like to share with you our plan for the near future. As some of you know, Ilira and I (Jason) are celebrating 30 years of Binding books as Rag & Bone Bindery next month. We have weathered tough times before, though nothing like this. We are ready to face this situation with care for everyone’s safety and a determination to keep business as usual as much as possible.
As artists and bookbinders, our working situation is unique, we live and work in the same historic mill building here in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Heading to the Bindery is as simple as walking downstairs, so we aren't experiencing a disruption to our workflow as of yet. We are practicing social distancing and recommended safety precautions. Not everyone has the privilege or flexibility to work from home like we do but we believe those who can have an obligation to help #flattenthecurve.
No doubt you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by the state of affairs right now. We certainly are and we're staying home to protect the health of those vulnerable members of the community and in our immediate families.
Let us know if we can be helpful if you cannot attend celebrations in person by sending gifts to friends and family. We are happy to include gift cards or gift wrap, whatever you need, at no additional cost. If you would like to continue to support a small, family owned bindery, now is a great time to put together those Photo Binders and Photo Albums you’ve been meaning to work on. Additionally, you can always purchase Gift Certificates to support us during this economic slowdown.
Yes, it does feel weird to continue to sell stuff when things are hard, but we’re trying to remember that people still need gifts for birthdays, ways to connect and show appreciation for each other, and ordering online is a quick and convenient option at this time. Making books is what we do so we’re glad to stay busy.
Thank you for your support, together we'll weather these uncertain times.
Be well and stay safe - Jason Thompson & Ilira Steinman