Oamaru, New Zealand | 2270 Sales



Oamaru, New Zealand 2270 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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bibliographica is taking a short break


Note from shop owner The shop will re-open at the end of May. Keep up to date on Instagram or Facebook @bibliographica - Thank you :)

Note from shop owner

Last updated on May 9, 2019

The shop will re-open at the end of May. Keep up to date on Instagram or Facebook @bibliographica - Thank you :)


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From Craft to Craft

Hi, I'm Louise - the sole creator of Bibliographica. I am based in New Zealand.

Bibliographica was born out of my love of many things. I have always had a passion for books, old ones in particular. Being an avid journal writer, I've kept a journal since I was 12 years old. I would decorate them, stick things in them and write screeds.

Over the years I began to seek out a certain look of a journal to use, and the right pen - it all had to come together in a certain way and I found it difficult to locate exactly what I wanted.

During the four years I spent at University in Australia studying photography, I began to make rudimentary books to use as workbooks, to tell my photographic stories and keep records of my work. My time was spent largely in the darkroom, engaged in developing & processing my black and white films. I loved to experiment with different processes, surfaces & papers to print my work. What fascinated me most was that there was an endless amount of ways one could tell a story with a photograph.

Once you had a clean negative, your ways to depict what was within the frame were limitless, and most of all - the story would alter as a result. I could leave it black and white and clean cut - or I could print it on crumpled paper and sepia tone it - tear the edges and so on... the end result was different.

This way of working has clearly filtered through into my books. I find myself navigating to hand-tearing paper, staining it brown to look old, and creating an olde worldly house for the page protectors.

In theory, I have only taken a couple of short evening courses in bookbinding which accumulated merely several hours of study over a few weeks. Aside from that, I am a self taught binder.

I love to break the boundaries of traditional bookbinding. It always interests me greatly to see what one finds themselves capable of, when presented with a journal in which to write, which differs from the conventional store bought book. I hope that my books inspire people, in some way or another, to connect with that writer or artist within.

Please be respectful and do not copy my designs unless you have received permission from my studio. All products are Copyright Bibliographica 2019 All Rights Reserved.

Shop members

  • Louise

    Owner, Book Artist & Photographer, Creator

    What began as a hobby became a necessity. Through book-binding I find I can use my creative energy in a variety of ways, and challenge myself with the materials at hand. I think of my work as incomplete - the recipient does the rest.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 15, 2018
Thank you for stopping by Bibliographica, where you can find unique hand bound books & wearable books. Each creation I make is one of a kind. In my creative process, I use recycled & reclaimed leathers, vintage & antique fabrics and high quality artist papers. All books are bound with quality Irish linen thread. They are strong, and will stand the test of time. My studio practice is slow, and I put my heart & soul into each book I create, giving each one its own personality.

To read more about me, please my About page:

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns
Contact me within: 3 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 7 days of delivery
I don't accept exchanges or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Returns and exchange details
If by any means you are not satisfied with your purchase from Bibliographica please let me know within two weeks of receiving it and I will happily refund your money or offer you another item of equal or lesser value. I make every effort to photograph and describe each item thoroughly so you can be an informed buyer. Please make sure you thoroughly read the description to avoid disappointment - and ask questions, I am here to help! :)

If you return the item, you are doing so with the knowledge that it is sent in the condition of which it was received. Refund will be given upon receipt of the item back in New Zealand. Shipping rates are the buyer's responsibility.
I accept payments through Direct Credit & Paypal.

You do not need a Paypal account to checkout with a credit or debit card. Select Paypal as the method of payment and enter your information on the secure page.

If you need help, follow this link:

If you need extra help, don't hesitate to contact me. I'm more than happy to help your Etsy experience be a smooth one.

If you are a new Etsy customer - This link will help you make your purchase:

Unfortunately due to past experiences, I do not offer Lay-by or Layaway payment options, nor can I put items on hold.
Bibliographica is based in New Zealand. International Airmail can take anywhere between 7-30 days to arrive. Usually on average they take around 14 days. International Airmail is generally a very reliable service, however if you are unsure, please request your package be sent by International Courier.



All items are sent via Courier or New Zealand post with a tracking number.


I ship via International Airmail which does NOT include a tracking service.

If you do wish to upgrade to International Express or Economy Courier for tracking, please contact me for a quote. Once I have sent the parcel any shipping over charges will be refunded.

I cannot be held responsible for any items that are: lost, stolen or delayed in transit.

Custom clearance fees are the responsibility of the customer.

I am more than happy to combine postage and any over charges for shipping will be refunded.

I make every effort to ship sold items within 1-2 days of purchase and receipt of payment. I ship 5 days per week, Mon-Fri.

Books are packaged in acid-free tissue, with recycled brown paper & string. They also come with a little scroll message on tea-stained paper. Necklaces are wrapped in off cuts of decorative papers & come in a small cotton drawstring bag which has been stained and hand-stamped. If your purchase is a gift, I am happy to add a note for you, and there is no need to re-wrap my products. If you have special instructions, please contact me.

All orders will be shipped to your ETSY address provided, unless otherwise specified.
Additional policies and FAQs
All images are subject to Copyright © Bibliographica. If you want to use them, you must contact me first.

Due to the nature of my products I do not do wholesale requests.
This Privacy Policy describes how and when I collect, use, and share information when you purchase an item from me, contact me, or otherwise use my services through or its related sites and services.

This Privacy Policy does not apply to the practices of third parties that I do not own or control, including Etsy or any third party services you access through Etsy.

Information I Collect

To fulfil your order, you must provide me with certain information (which you authorized Etsy to provide to me), such as your name, email address, postal address, payment information, and the details of the product that you’re ordering. You may also choose to provide me with additional personal information (for a custom order, for example), if you contact me directly.

Why I Need Your Information and How I Use It

I rely on a number of legal bases to collect, use, and share your information, including:

- as needed to provide my services, such as when I use your information to fulfil your order, to settle disputes, or to provide customer support;
- when you have provided your affirmative consent, which you may revoke at any time, such as by signing up for a future mailing list;

- if necessary to comply with a legal obligation or court order or in connection with a legal claim, such as retaining information about your purchases if required by tax law; and

- as necessary for the purpose of my legitimate interests, if those legitimate interests are not overridden by your rights or interests, such as 1) providing and improving my services. I use your information to provide the services you requested and in my legitimate interest to improve my services; and 2) compliance with the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use. I use your information as necessary to comply with my obligations under the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use.

Information Sharing and Disclosure

Information about my customers is important to my business. I share your personal information for very limited reasons and in limited circumstances, as follows:

- Etsy. I share information with Etsy as necessary to provide you my services and comply with my obligations under both the Etsy Seller Policy and Etsy Terms of Use.

- Service providers. I engage certain trusted third parties to perform functions and provide services to my shop, such as delivery companies. I will share your personal information with these third parties, but only to the extent necessary to perform these services.

- Business transfers. If I sell or merge my business, I may disclose your information as part of that transaction, only to the extent permitted by law.

- Compliance with laws. I may collect, use, retain, and share your information if I have a good faith belief that it is reasonably necessary to: (a) respond to legal process or to government requests; (b) enforce my agreements, terms and policies; (c) prevent, investigate, and address fraud and other illegal activity, security, or technical issues; or (d) protect the rights, property, and safety of my customers, or others.

Data Retention

I retain your personal information only for as long as necessary to provide you with my services and as described in my Privacy Policy. However, I may also be required to retain this information to comply with my legal and regulatory obligations, to resolve disputes, and to enforce my agreements. I generally keep your data for the following time period: 4 years.

Your Rights

If you reside in certain territories, including the EU, you have a number of rights in relation to your personal information. While some of these rights apply generally, certain rights apply only in certain limited cases. I describe these rights below:

- Access. You may have the right to access and receive a copy of the personal information I hold about you by contacting me using the contact information below.

- Change, restrict, delete. You may also have rights to change, restrict my use of, or delete your personal information. Absent exceptional circumstances (like where I am required to store data for legal reasons) I will generally delete your personal information upon request.

- Object. You can object to (i) my processing of some of your information based on my legitimate interests and (ii) receiving marketing messages from me after providing your express consent to receive them. In such cases, I will delete your personal information unless I have compelling and legitimate grounds to continue using that information or if it is needed for legal reasons.

- Complain. If you reside in the EU and wish to raise a concern about my use of your information (and without prejudice to any other rights you may have), you have the right to do so with your local data protection authority.

How to Contact Me

For purposes of EU data protection law, I, Louise, am the data controller of your personal information. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact me at bibliographica [!at]