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Orcas, Washington · 836 Sales


⊹B O O K S⊹O F⊹T H E⊹S E A⊹

Orcas, Washington 836 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars

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Odelae is taking a short break


Note from shop owner Thanks for being in touch! Erica is away from the studio for summer travels and will open shop mid July!

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Last updated on Jun 24, 2017

Thanks for being in touch! Erica is away from the studio for summer travels and will open shop mid July!


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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars

Jaine on Apr 27, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Erica is one amazing artist!!! I cannot get over how incredible my book of the sea is. She is the best in her trade. Will always go back to her for more of her unique designs and ideas.


burnejonesangel on Jan 18, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Such a beautiful item and so lovingly packed! I purchased one, and loved it so much I gave it to a friend's mother, a paper artist, as a Christmas gift, and purchased myself a replacement. Truly, a special creation.

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Reincarnate Handstitched Journals - reviving the old and the beautiful

Odelae's journals are born from the faded and timeworn materials that survive from the early 1900s. My inspiration is discovered in old chests and bookstore salvage boxes. No longer valued or falling apart, I reclaim what is remaining and revive it.

Founded in 2005, Odelae is a small book arts and graphic design studio located on Orcas Island off the coast of Washington State. While studying design at a local university, I was required to take a bookbinding course taught by Professor and Book Artist, Elsi Vassdal Ellis. It was there where I discovered my passion for signatures and stitches. Since then bookbinding has become my path of creative-nourishment and, in the many focused movements of my hands, a way to offer my awareness to the present moment. The mindful tying of knots, the concentrated folding of paper and the careful pulling of thread is evident in each finished book.

Odelae journals are inspired by nature and by folk lore from around the world. I build each journal the old world way using hand tools-- an awl, needle & thread, ruler, bone folder and steel blade. Materials, as well as my tools and binding methods, are chosen with careful consideration for the environment.

Odelae's clam and oyster shell books are an original design and an ode to the ocean-- a token reminder of the mysterious beauty of the natural world. Inspired to live in harmony with the environment, I find myself constantly observing and seeking out patterns from the world around and within, searching for balance between the natural world and the one created by mankind.

Aside from bookbinding, I love wandering off-trail in the forest, practicing tea ceremony and adventure-making with my kids. Nighttime swimming gives me the goosebumps and old-fashioned swings make my heart sway.

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  • Erica Ekrem

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Shop Photographer, Graphic Designer

    During the cold prairie winters of my childhood in South Dakota began my very long love affair with books...

Shop policies

Last updated on November 10, 2013
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Each of the items listed here are handmade using heirloom quality materials and intentional craftsmanship. My goal is for you to be 100% satisfied... please message me if you have any concerns or suggestions to offer! Prices are calculated by the quality & vintage value of the materials used and according to the complexity & time invested in the finished product.

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I accept Credit Cards, PayPal and money orders. Your order will process when payment is received.
I ship worldwide via USPS First-Class. If you would like to upgrade to Priority or Express, please let me know and the shipping cost can be adjusted.

All orders are insured.

For shipping, I follow the rules & regulations posted by the USPS for international destinations. As the seller, I am not responsible to pay the additional fees or importation taxes charged by your country of locale.
Refunds and Exchanges
Refunds available only if craftsmanship is flawed and determined in case-by-case situation. If you have a concern with your order please contact Odelae within 10 days of receipt.

Vintage materials//
All vintage book covers and materials have led previous lives. The tatters, scratches, faded colors and/or rounded corners give the journals their own character. I will do my best to detail the prominent wear and tear of each book to prevent any surprises. Due to the nature of the vintage books, there will be no returns accepted due to the aged quality of the materials. If there is any concerns with your purchased item please contact me within 10 days of receiving your item.
Additional policies and FAQs
Be gentle to your new journal. When transporting in a bag, it is recommended that you wrap the book snugly in a piece of cloth or leather to protect the binding and thread from friction.

I'll happily consider custom orders. If you have an idea or a vintage book that you'd like handbound, message me.