LotusBluBookArt

Wedding Guest Books, Photo Albums, Art Journals

Thornton, United Kingdom · 1686 Sales

LotusBluBookArt

Wedding Guest Books, Photo Albums, Art Journals

Thornton, United Kingdom 1686 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars
(354)

Shop owner

Moneeza

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Announcement   An eclectic range of Olde-Worldly inspired handmade books with block printing, original and vintage illustrations. For those who like to document life the old-fashioned way. The original Etsy bookbinding shop offering hand block printed and gilded hardback books for all occasions, setting a trend on Etsy.

I also sell beautiful vintage and antique objects that I have collected over the years on my travels.

See product videos at www.vimeo.com/lotusblubookart.
Connect with me on Instagram @lotusblubookart
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Please take a moment to read my shop policy https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LotusBluBookArt/policy?ref=shopinfo_policies_leftnav

Bloggers, I love to read articles about my work, please get in touch to let me know or tag #lotusblubookart
https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LotusBluBookArt

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© Lotus Blu Book Art 2018

Announcement

Last updated on Jan 5, 2018

An eclectic range of Olde-Worldly inspired handmade books with block printing, original and vintage illustrations. For those who like to document life the old-fashioned way. The original Etsy bookbinding shop offering hand block printed and gilded hardback books for all occasions, setting a trend on Etsy.

I also sell beautiful vintage and antique objects that I have collected over the years on my travels.

See product videos at www.vimeo.com/lotusblubookart.
Connect with me on Instagram @lotusblubookart
www.facebook.com/lotusblubookart
Sign up for my newsletter http://www.lotusblubookart.com/contact/

Please take a moment to read my shop policy https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LotusBluBookArt/policy?ref=shopinfo_policies_leftnav

Bloggers, I love to read articles about my work, please get in touch to let me know or tag #lotusblubookart
https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LotusBluBookArt

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

© Lotus Blu Book Art 2018

Moneeza

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Moneeza

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5 out of 5 stars
(354)
griffingoddess

griffingoddess on Feb 7, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

I LOVE this shop, Moneeza is so talented ! She was very accommodating and did a rush Christmas order for me. The vintage flavor Christmas photo album she made for my grandson is absolutely charming and nostalgic - just what I was hoping for ! A BEAUTIFUL album made with care and thought. Of course, this is the first order, there will be more.

zaira

zaira on Feb 6, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Estoy encantada con el producto!!!!

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Paint • Draw • Write — Pocket sized leather journals with handmade paper for your ramblings and artwork on the go.
Out with the old and in with the new. To make way for some new designs in 2018 and retire some old ones I’m having a flash sale! Get 15% off storewide until 31.12.17 and free shipping within U.K.
I find colour inspiration mostly in nature, it never gets a colour palette wrong. Thornton viaduct in our little village looking pretty in the snow against a pale sky.
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About

Thanks to ETSY and my lovely customers, I get to make beautiful books everyday, something I love.

Hello there,

I’m Moneeza, a book artist based in the little village of Thornton in Bronte country, West Yorkshire, England.

I've always been a creative person and interested in making things by hand. I used to daydream about doing something creative for a living; I guess I day dreamed long enough for it to become a reality.

I learnt how to bind during the 90's when my first job was working for a family run handicraft business. I was fortunate enough to travel throughout South Asia sourcing handicrafts as part of my job. I dabbled in many crafts along the way such as hand-loom textile weaving, pottery, screen and block printed linen and stationary products. It was during this enriching period in my life that I developed a passion for making handcrafted books, which was essentially born out of my love of photography and documenting my travels. I could never find an album I liked, so began to make my own. I am very grateful for that period in my life as it taught me many life lessons as well as creative skills which are now helping me to follow my dream of making a living doing something I love.

With a lack of bookbinding classes where I lived at the time in the early 90's and with no internet, I learnt a lot of what I know by dissecting old books to see the structure that lay between the pages. I would take them apart and try to put them back together again. Then one day I met an old bookbinder in India who taught me how to bind using traditional methods. I have been binding ever since using age old techniques and some unconventional ones to give my book art a whimsical yet timeless look.

I like to make books that look like they have been around for a long time; from days of olde, time-worn pieces that can be loved and passed on. I am always learning, my skill is constantly evolving. I am here to grow as a book artist and get a buzz out of knowing people across the world are cherishing something I have made with my hands and that maybe someday they will be passed on.

I would say my style is quite eclectic, heavily influenced by my mixed English and South Asian heritage. Some days I feel drawn to create vibrant journals inspired by folk or tribal art, other times I feel an album that looks like an English country garden is where happiness dwells. I like to paint and use my old collection of printing blocks to make my books look like they are well loved and already have a story to tell, like they already have a history. I also take lots of photographs which I often use in my work as a book artist.

I started selling on Etsy in 2012 after I was made redundant from a 9-5 job working in a bank. They told me they could no longer keep me on due the financial crisis at the time. That moment of happenstance was the best thing that happened to me as I might still have been sitting at a desk staring at spreadsheets on a screen and bookbinding only at weekends for my own pleasure. It's as if the planets had finally aligned themselves to give me that final push to get started on what I really love doing. Now I make books everyday for wonderful people all over the globe.

I am so grateful that I can work from the comfort of my home amongst my family. I have Etsy and my customers to thank for that. Without sounding corny, it really is a dream come true for me and I feel so very blessed, honestly THANK YOU!

If you have read this far, I'd like to thank you for reading my story; I hope you enjoy looking through my little shop.

Sincerely,
Moneeza


PS: I like to interact with my customers on social media, so If you would like to see what I am working on, come follow me over at...
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/lotusblubookart
Instagram & Twitter profiles - @lotusblubookart
I also have a website www.lotusblubookart.com where I blog about my books and other stuff that amuses me when I get time away from making books.

Shop members

  • Moneeza

    Owner, Creator, Customer Service

    Bookbinder inspired by antique books, textures in nature, vintage illustrations, textiles and art of past times. I also love collecting old books and rummaging for vintage objects which I am now selling in my shop.

Shop policies

More information

Last updated on Jan 28, 2018
Frequently asked questions

Sizing details

I can make any style of book seen in my store in the following sizes:

4x6 inches [portrait only]
8.5x6 inches [portrait only]
10x8 inches [landscape or portrait]
12x12 inches

Custom and personalised orders

All custom purchases on ‘Made To Order’ books for weddings and other special events are placed in a queue, please check individual items to get specific turnaround information. I do take rushed orders occasionally, so please send a message with your dates and location before ordering.

Care instructions

Each book is entirely handmade, some painted, using only simple hand tools during the binding process, a little TLC will keep your book in good condition for a lifetime.

DISCLAIMER!
Please DO NOT allow young children to handle your book as there might be beads or other small embellishments which if pulled off can cause a choking hazard.

Gift wrapping and packaging

All books come wrapped in tissue and packaged in a labelled 100% cotton drawstring book wrap stitched by my dear Mother, [aren't mums the best!]

I don't offer separate gift wrapping, but I do make an effort to present my product in a pleasing way. Wrapping up stuff is my second favourite thing after making books!

Wholesale availability

At present I am only able to offer my paperback journals from the Storyteller and Magic Carpet range and the block printed A5 hardback art journals. For further details, please send me a message or email me at hello@lotusblubookart.com