17 March 2011

think less, do more: bookbinding at brooklyn brainery

I heard about Brooklyn Brainery last year at Work It Brookyln and have been coming across them in various ways ever since.

Brooklyn Brainery is a community learning space that has volunteer instructors teaching one or two night classes on any and every subject-- the idea being that the instructor is merely the enthusiastic instrument to help faciliate group learning. Pretty rad, and such an important and great thing for the community.

I have been wanting to take a class there for a long time, but because the classes are usually very small, around 10 people, and typically very cheap, about $30, they sell out quickly, and I've always been beaten to the punch. I have also been wanting to learn more about bookbinding and most of the courses I've looked into at area art schools were either too much of a commitment or too expensive, so when a 2-night Intro to Bookbinding class was offered for March, I pounced immediately.

Their new storefront space in Carroll Gardens is lovely, and while I can see they still have some work to do in there, but it will help them continue to grow. And the book class was also really fun-- we made six books in a total of four hours spread out over two night. I already have plans for all of them. Most of the books we did are quick projects, and I was excited to see how accessible making a book is.

I'm thinking about teaching a class or two at the Brainery... just not sure what yet!

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