about hazell designs books

The day I made my first book (not counting the ones made from thin blue card c.1978) it was clear that this was what I was going to do for the rest of my life and that conviction has never wavered.

Reading books under the bedclothes is a daily fundamental, so studying for an English Literature degree was a luxury. A desire to know how a book is held together led to a course in Bookbinding at the London College of Printing. Then I discovered there to be such a thing as Book Art, so transferred to the MA course at Camberwell.

With this grounding of craft and concept, I returned to my university city of Edinburgh and set up Hazell Designs Books. Helen Storey commissioned a two-metre high book sculpture and so changed the trajectory of my career in bookbinding. Being certain that everybody has a book inside them started me teaching workshops to help them emerge; these take place in schools, at book festivals, on ships, private houses, small islands and in lighthouses.