“There’s a book inside everyone,” says Rachel Hazell, who has spent the last twenty years travelling around the world, spreading the joy of bookbinding and papercraft. As well as teaching workshops, she has made paper sculptures for fashion designer Helen Storey and a series of window installations for Few and Far and the Conran Shop. From Italy to Antarctica, Rachel has built up an international community of folders and stitchers, and now she is taking this community online.
We have previously featured Rachel several times in Selvedge magazine: in our Wellbeing issue, we looked at the inspiration that Rachel gained from the Antarctic landscape, and she created a bookbinding tutorial for our Literary issue. We are now excited to announce that after the great success of her PaperLove e-course, Rachel is launching BookLove. It is a two-week course, in which students will learn to design, write and make their own books. At the end of the course, they will have created two personal hardback books.
The course launches on the 17th July and will run until the 1st August, with new content appearing every morning. Students can access content wherever they are in the world, and once the course has finished, full-access will be available for another six months. BookLove includes filmed tutorials, step-by-step instructions, and even music to accompany students as they work on their books.