BitterMelonBindery

Journals, Sketchbooks, Watercolour Books, Instax Albums

Vancouver, British Columbia · 129 Sales

BitterMelonBindery

Journals, Sketchbooks, Watercolour Books, Instax Albums

Vancouver, British Columbia 129 Sales On Etsy since 2017

5 out of 5 stars
(43)

Shop owner

Chanel Ly

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Announcement   Hello! Bitter Melon Bindery creates hand bound books that inspire creative habits. Each one has its own unique design, made by artist and shop owner Chanel Ly.

Learn more:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/BitterMelonBindery/about

Policies about shipping:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/BitterMelonBindery/policy

Got questions, concerns, or custom order requests? Send me a conversation or email me at bittermelonbindery [!at] gmail.com

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I work part-time in my studio, so conversation replies and processing times may take up to 2 business days. I can offer rush shipping, please contact me about your needs.

Follow Bitter Melon Bindery on social media for exclusive updates and sales:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bittermelonbindery/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ca/bittermelonbindery/

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If you're in Vancouver BC, find me at these upcoming markets:

WEEKLY ON TUESDAYS - June 26-August 28 for the Groundswell Test Market (except July 10+17)

Khatsahlano Street Party - July 7
Car Free Day Commercial Drive - July 8
Vancouver Folk Music Festival - July 13-15
Powell Street Festival - August 4-5
Vancouver Art Book Fair - October 18-21
Circle Craft - Nov 7-11

Announcement

Last updated on 19 Jun, 2018

Hello! Bitter Melon Bindery creates hand bound books that inspire creative habits. Each one has its own unique design, made by artist and shop owner Chanel Ly.

Learn more:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/BitterMelonBindery/about

Policies about shipping:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/BitterMelonBindery/policy

Got questions, concerns, or custom order requests? Send me a conversation or email me at bittermelonbindery [!at] gmail.com

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I work part-time in my studio, so conversation replies and processing times may take up to 2 business days. I can offer rush shipping, please contact me about your needs.

Follow Bitter Melon Bindery on social media for exclusive updates and sales:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bittermelonbindery/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ca/bittermelonbindery/

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If you're in Vancouver BC, find me at these upcoming markets:

WEEKLY ON TUESDAYS - June 26-August 28 for the Groundswell Test Market (except July 10+17)

Khatsahlano Street Party - July 7
Car Free Day Commercial Drive - July 8
Vancouver Folk Music Festival - July 13-15
Powell Street Festival - August 4-5
Vancouver Art Book Fair - October 18-21
Circle Craft - Nov 7-11

Chanel Ly

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Chanel Ly

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(43)
Patricia

Patricia on 26 May, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

This pin is super well designed! My order came in really cute packaging and arrived quickly. Highly recommend buying one for all your friends and (chosen) family!

Hannah Lee

Hannah Lee on 16 May, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

The pin arrived quickly and with beautiful packaging. The bittermelon gives me memories of my family and I love it so much:)

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Updates

I recently brought back many papers from Japan. I love working with new papers and testing out new colour combos!
I’m really excited about these accordion instax albums! They’re double sided and compact. Great for displaying but also very portable.
Similar to a real plant press, these books have blotter paper and corrugated cardboard to absorb moisture and preserve plants effectively. I've been using my plant press book on out-trips and capturing all the places I've been to!

About

No two books are the same

The intention bound into each book is to elicit delight and inspire creativity. Just like us, no two books are the same.

Bitter melon is an unattractive, bitter vegetable that tastes surprisingly delicious when stir-fried with black bean sauce. It has an unforgettable taste that I would complain about as a child because it stays bitter no matter how it's cooked. I grew to appreciate my cultural roots and its bitterness over time.

Bookbinding is one of many processes to help heal and reconnect to my inner self and inner child. Crafting has always been a way to retreat, as a tactile person who learns to be creative by doing. I love losing myself in a book project. To me, making books is a selfish act. I've been taught to prioritize everything else over my mental and emotional wellbeing. Building Bitter Melon Bindery has been healing for me in ways that I didn't anticipate.

I hope that my books bring you delight. May your inner self unapologetically spill itself onto the pages. It’s fulfilling to know that your beautiful mind will be expressed in something I made.

Shop members

  • Chanel Ly

    Owner

    After learning bookbinding at a youth arts centre, Chanel spent years developing her own signature designs. When her shelves were overflowing, she knew it was time to open shop, and thus began Bitter Melon Bindery.

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