Joseph took his first book binding class in 1998 while attending Brigham Young University in Provo Utah, and since then earned a Bachelor’s degree in art from Brigham Young University, a Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking from Utah State University, and has over 19 years of book binding and restoration experience.
Having worked two years at the Utah State University Library Special Collections department, restoring and repairing books along with teaching bookbinding workshops, and having taught drawing, painting, printmaking, and art history over four years at Western Texas College, Joseph possesses the knowledge and skills to apply period accurate aesthetics and materials to his restoration and conservation projects.
After he worked as the principal bench worker for three years at a small restoration company in Logan Utah, Joseph decided to give free rein to his talents by going into business for himself: Now his art, binding and conservation skills, and knowledge of historical bindings are recognized as his own. May 2013 Joseph relocated to Texas and opened his own bindery and conservation studio.
With a special interest, education, and experience in copper engraving, a skill so few possess these days, Joseph also enjoys making stamping tools, metal dies, and other hardware such as clasps to aid with his restoration and conservation projects; true skill and craftsmanship is always evident in Joseph’s work.
Jill began her education at Weber State University in 1998, and finished with the University of Phoenix earning her Bachelor's degree in Communication. She has over 13 years professional experience in account management and inside sales. Her dream was to own and run her own company, so her education and professional background laid the perfect ground work to start Eidolon House.
Jill works behind the scenes maintaining the business side of things: Billing and book-keeping, organizing and scheduling, website design and content, social media, etc. She has begun an apprenticeship learning conservation and restoration while working alongside Joseph, and will jump in and help on projects when Joseph needs an extra pair of hands.
While building Eidolon House Jill has been free to experiment with her creativity and has developed talents in paper marbling, leather work, assisting with conservation and binding projects, and fiber arts such as hand spinning wool, natural dyeing, crocheting and weaving.
Jill is an avid writer and blogger, and has been writing for several years. She began blogging publicly in 2009 as a way to cope with personal tragedy (losing a child while giving birth, and five months later losing a leg due to a car accident.) and fell in love with writing and the blogging community. The Joe and Jill Chronicles transitioned into the blog we share now here on eidolonhouse.com.
With a true love of beautifully made things and a special regard for preserving the past, our goal is the highest expression of our vocation, in preserving and restoring traditional skills and hand crafts.