Edel Hopkin

A return to work after 15 years of family life gave me the opportunity to take a new direction and re-train in a skill I had always found fascinating but imagined to be beyond everyday ability. edel2A class at a traditionally-run bookbindery in Cambridge soon led to an internship during which I developed my own style, bringing together ancient skills with contemporary crispness – mixing Coptic sewing techniques with chiyogami paper, fusing funky leather spines with traditional marbled papers and so on.

It soon became clear that people are fascinated by this ancient craft and interested in learning more. I have been able to combine the skills from my previous life in adult education to develop class programmes where participants can produce beautiful and easily-repeatable results after only three hours – the start of an engrossing hobby, or even small business, depending on how far you want to take your new learning.

WEBSITE: www.edel.uk.net

EMAIL: edel@edel.uk.net

FACEBOOK: @edelhandmadebooks

TWITTER: @edel_books

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