bitmapdreamsstore

official pixel art products from bitmapdreams

Kyoto, Japan · 257 Sales

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Last updated on Jun 23, 2018

My shop is currently taking inventory and getting ready for new items. Will be back soon!

❤︎ bitmapdreams

Laura Melfi

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Laura Melfi

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At long last, I've finally created my first enamel pin! Take a look at this lil buddy--so cute!!

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My store will be going on summer vacation from July 11th-25th. If you would like to get something this month, please place your order by Monday!

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Buy two sticker sheets at a reduced price!
(Orig. $5.99 each, you can get 2 for just $7.99!)

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About

bitmapdreams is a pixel art website online since 2001. the artist, now all grown up, is trying her hand at making physical things out of her art.

When creating my pixel art, I draw inspiration from all the wonderful 90s stationary I collected as a kid, and the item enthusiast spirit I developed living for the past decade in Japan. I love items, and love to celebrate their existence as things to covet and collect.

One big influence for me when I first started drawing pixel art was the video game Katamari Damacy, where you roll a sticky ball around and pick up anything you run in to. I started drawing items form everyday life, and my collection grew and grew..

I love puzzling through how best to express items in a pixel canvas, articulating all the curves and expressing different textures. No matter how much I try to simplify, I always fall back on a certain amount of realism, and I love finding that sweet spot between ornate and cute.

I carry this passion in to how I craft my physical items. Though I do not have the technical means to create much of what I do, I am meticulous about finding makers that are as dedicated to and particular about creating items as I am. Whether it's a small business in Japan or a local maker in the US, I am committed to learning how and where and with what my products are made, and only pick partners that are upfront about their supply chains, and aware and conscious of doing good on how materials are sourced. As of now I have partnered with a handful of makers in Japan, the US, and U.K.--Please don't hesitate to ask me more about how I make any one of my items!

Shop members

  • Laura

    Owner, Artist

    I've lived in Japan for over a decade! I also have a lovely daughter who's almost three years old. likes: ♥pixel art ♥salmon ♥parenting ♥cold weather ♥baking dislikes: ×turbulence ×cola ×asking for help ×washing dishes ×misunderstandings

Production partners

  • (有)ユー・エスエンジニアリング

    Hachiōji, Japan

    This partner is a small business specializing in the production of acrylic products. They print, cut, assemble, and package my acrylic items.

  • DAIICHI SHIRYO PRINTING CO.LTD

    Shinjiku, Japan

    I work with DAIICHI SHIRYO, a Japanese provider of expert printing services to many Japanese universities, to print and assemble my notebooks.

  • NOHT CO.LTD.

    Kyoto, Japan

    My can badges are printed and assembled at NOHT, a small business in Kyoto. NOHT features vegetable inks, American steel, and in-house assembly!

  • Print Bear LLC

    New York, NY

    I work with this company's service, Sticker Mule, to quickly produce standalone die-cut stickers of my trending artwork.

  • StickerGiant

    CO, United States

    I rely on StickerGiant for their reliable and excellent printing service when printing my stickers.

  • Zap! Creatives

    United Kingdom

    The team at Zap! Creatives help turb my designs into acrylic and metal keychains and badges, enabling me to manufacture small-lot high-quality products

  • ししゅう屋HONEST

    Chiba, Japan

    I work with the Japanese small business Shishu-ya Honest to translate my artwork to embroidery using their knowhow and in-house production capability.

Shop policies

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Last updated on Nov 9, 2017
Frequently asked questions
How can I lower the cost of shipping?

I ship from my home in Japan. International shipping starts from $5, no matter how light the package is. The good news it that it only gradually goes up from there. Please consider buying multiple items at the same time to save on shipping!
Also, some of my customers have placed one big order together with their friends, and split the cost of everything between each other. Please consider doing this!

I've placed an order but now I want to buy something else! Can I combine my orders?

For sure please message me! So long as I haven't already shipped your order, I can usually work something out--I don't want you to pay double shipping!

When will my order be shipped?

I normally ship orders out on the weekends, or within 7 days. From there, it will take 5-10 days to get to you, depending on how quickly it passes customs. If you need me to ship your stuff out fast, please do not hesitate to message me with details!

(Please note because of the time difference, Japan may be a day ahead of where you are)

How can I assure my package gets to me asap?

If you expect that you or another person will not be at home to recieve the package, please provide me with your email or phone number as a part of your shipping details. I will write it on the shipping form, so that your post office can contact you in case nobody is home upon delivery.

Packages shipped through Japan's international mail system require for someone to be at the address to recieve the package in person. Otherwise, the package is brought back to your local post office and another delivery is attempted next-day. If nobody accepts the package after a second attempt at delivery or no contact can be made with the recipient, many countries send the package back to me.

Providing me with a phone number can help prevent this issue.

What should I do if I live in an apartment?

Please be sure to tell me the name of your apartment building in your address. If you don't, there is a high chance your package won't get to you.

I am worried I won't be able to be home when my package arrives.

Don't fret! A little prep and you will be good :)

Japan Post require someone to be at the address to receive the package.

When I ship your order I will give you a Japan Post tracking number. Please track your package and take note of the status from time to time.

When it arrives at your local post office, you can call them up and arrange to pick up your package. If you do nothing they will try to deliver it to you like normal.

If you miss the package delivery, they will try to contact you so please tell me your email or phone# when purchasing. If there is no contact info, the package will be retained for a week or so. If you do not pick it up it will be sent back to me, so please call or visit your post office to arrange for pick up❤️