BitterMelonBindery

Hand Bound Books and Handmade Paper

LA, California
| 714 Sales | 5 out of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars

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

My website: bittermelonbindery.com

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Last updated on Aug 25, 2022

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

My website: bittermelonbindery.com

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About BitterMelonBindery

Sales 714
On Etsy since 2017

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.

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  • Chanel Ly

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    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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Last updated on Dec 4, 2020

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