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19-26 August 2017, Textile Narratives: Book Art Journaling with Rachel Hazel, Chateau Dumas, France

£1,680.00 GBP

19-26 August 2017, Chateau Dumas, Course and board from €1,935 (£1680 - GBP price subject to change based on daily rates) 

Hosted by Rachel Hazel

Each student will produce a hand-bound book, filled with fabric and stitching, incorporating brocante ephemera, as well as ideas and inspiration for future projects.

In this workshop you’ll work on one main book project, filling the pages using scraps of paper and fabric and bringing them alive with text and texture, paints, inks and dyes. Beginning with simple, concertina folds you’ll explore book structures and story-telling through form and stitching. You’ll be encouraged to create page surfaces using ink, rubber stamps and collage and to play with text and textured calligraphy. We will focus on the construction of a project; from designs and sketches to construction, fill the pages, pulling all the elements we have learnt together. 

During the week there will be a day of dyeing with woad, the blue dye from the leaves of the woad plant which was grown throughout the area around the Chateau since medieval times. Added to this itinerary will be visits to a local farmer’s market in an atmospheric medieval town as well as to a local flea market where you can scour stalls for finds for your book project. 

No background in bookbinding is required to join the week and under Rachel’s patient guidance you’ll learn all the binding techniques you’ll need for this workshop, including folding and sewn book structures.  You’ll learn to stitch the spine of your book using a series of little "kiss" stitches.

Rachel has over fifteen years of experience in teaching her craft and has held workshops in a variety of places all over the world – from Venetian palazzo to lighthouses in Shetland via Antarctica. Rachel builds itineraries that develop skills, as well as expand the imagination, increase creative confidence and build lasting friendships. Drawing her inspiration from the beauty of paper, the familiarity of a well-thumbed book, shorelines, flea markets and foreign cities; Rachel launched her online e-course PaperLove in 2014 to enable people, regardless of location, to work with her to develop their creative ideas and techniques. Rachel read English Literature at Edinburgh University, trained in Bookbinding at the London College of Printing and completed Masters degrees in Book Art at Camberwell College of Art and Printmaking at Edinburgh College of Art.  

Students to bring:

Cutting mat, ruler, scissors, glue stick,scalpel, needles, thread and any fabric/ribbon/rubber stamps/paints/pastels.

Chateau Dumas, Chateau d'Auty, Nr Toulouse, 82220 Auty

Email enquiries@chateaudumas.net for places and enquiries.



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