BitterMelonBindery

no two books are the same.

Vancouver, Canada · 113 Sales

BitterMelonBindery

no two books are the same.

Vancouver, Canada 113 Sales On Etsy since 2017

5 out of 5 stars
(34)

Shop owner

Chanel Ly

Contact

Announcement   Hello! Feel free to send me message about custom orders. If you're in Vancouver, find me at these upcoming markets:

Nifty for Fifty Sale - April 15
Make It Spring Show - April 20-22
Eastside Flea - May 19-20
Book Arts Fair by Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild - May 26
Vancouver Folk Music Festival - July 13-15
Vancouver Art Book Fair - October 18-21

Announcement

Last updated on Apr 5, 2018

Hello! Feel free to send me message about custom orders. If you're in Vancouver, find me at these upcoming markets:

Nifty for Fifty Sale - April 15
Make It Spring Show - April 20-22
Eastside Flea - May 19-20
Book Arts Fair by Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild - May 26
Vancouver Folk Music Festival - July 13-15
Vancouver Art Book Fair - October 18-21

Chanel Ly

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Chanel Ly

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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(34)
Emily

Emily on Apr 18, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

The pin arrived very quickly and the quality is really good! It’s such a unique pin to those who grew up (and are still) eating bitter melons! Thank you for this pin I love it so much!

Stephanie

Stephanie on Apr 14, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Beautifully made book. Great communication from the seller too -- I really liked being able to see and choose the different back cover options. Thank you so much!

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Updates

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

Stay bitter.

Bitter melon is an unattractive, bitter vegetable that tastes surprisingly delicious when stir-fried with black bean sauce. It has an unforgettable taste that we would complain about as children. I like that it’s an underappreciated vegetable that is repugnant to the western palette. Sometimes, I long to eat my mother’s bitter melon like I long for my cultural and familial home.

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. Starting an online crafty business isn't exactly what I dreamed of to be successful but it feels right at the moment. I deserve more and I remind myself to stay repugnant to the western palette, and be a bitter melon.

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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