Frequently asked questions about MapLove

WHAT FORMAT IS THE CLASS IN?

The class is taught using a filmed tutorials and written instructions with step-by-step photographs. Everything is made available in a password-protected private classroom. Each day there’s a new project , interspersed with extra inspiration and ideas. There are three live Zoom sessions with Rachel on Sunday evenings at 6pm BST. These are optional, and a great way to ask questions, share tips, meet your classmates and learn direct. Each session will be recorded in case you miss it.

HOW DO I ACCESS THE COURSE?

When you click the link to Sign Up you’ll be taken to our Online Academy and asked to input your name and email details to become registered as a student. Once you have paid the course fee you will be provided with confirmation and the link to access the course.

I’VE ALREADY REGISTERED ON THE TRAVELLING BOOKBINDER WEBSITE – DO I NEED TO REGISTER AGAIN?

Yes. To host our online courses we use a special software platform called Thinkific, designed to give you the best possible experience. When you sign up for the course you will be asked to register with Thinkific to create your account. You can use this for any future online courses too.

I’VE NEVER TAKEN AN ONLINE CLASS BEFORE. HOW DOES IT WORK? DO I NEED TO BE AT MY COMPUTER AT A CERTAIN TIME?

Over the course of fourteen days, while the class is live, posts will go up daily, at 7am UK time. Use the same sign-in details as when you registered for the course to access the contents. The beauty of an online course is that you can check in whenever you like, and don’t need to be online at a specific time as the content will be available 24/7, so it doesn’t matter what time zone you’re in. You can log on every day if you choose, or set aside some time once or twice a week to work through it. There will also be a private discussion space where you can connect with others and share images of your work. You will have access to the classroom for six months after the end of class so you have plenty of time to go back through everything at your own pace.

CAN I ASK RACHEL QUESTIONS DURING THE COURSE?

Yes, you can! You just post any questions on the Discussion Forum and Rachel will answer. The live Zoom calls are also a great opportunity for queries.

DO I NEED ANY PRIOR ART EXPERIENCE TO PARTICIPATE?

No, this is a course designed for pure creative pleasure and exploration so you can start right where you are. It doesn’t matter whether you are a complete beginner or a professional artist – you’ll find inspiration here!

HOW MUCH TIME WILL THE CLASS TAKE?

Each week there is a series of exercises and a video tutorial detailing the week’s main project. Content varies from day to day but you will probably need ninety minutes daily for the exercises, then an additional two to three hours to watch the video tutorial and make the main project each week. There are three Zoom sessions with Rachel that take place on Sundays  at 6pm (BST) and last about an hour. These aren’t essential but are an excellent way to meet your fellow students, learn directly from Rachel and ask any questions you may have. In total the course takes about twenty hours. MapLove is a concentrated experience packed into sixteen days, leaving you with a wealth of techniques, ideas and plans for many more bookart projects.

I WILL BE AWAY FOR SOME OF THE TIME THE CLASS IS RUNNING. DOES THIS MATTER?

Ideally, you would want to check in at least weekly. However you should be able to catch up if you are away for a week or less at a time. Don’t forget you will have access to the online classroom for six months after the course.

I’M A BOOKBINDER – WILL I LEARN SOMETHING NEW?

Ha ha yes! You’ll get more confident about filling your beautiful books with unique content.

I’VE NEVER MADE A BOOK BEFORE – IS THIS A PROBLEM?

Ha ha no! What joy is ahead of you. If you can fold a piece of paper in half, and sew on a button, you’ll be able to make a book. The ingenious and simple structures in MapLove are designed to be the vessels for your content. You’ll learn useful craft techniques to use as creatively as you like. If you’d like a head start, look at Bound:15 Beautiful Bookbinding Projects and have a go.