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September 11, 2007

Tuesday musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 3:30 pm

Good afternoon readers.

My dogs and cats are my babies and I hate when one of them is hurt or sick because they can’t tell me what is wrong. You just know that they are not acting “normal” for them. My oldest dog Archie has something hurting in his shoulder area and needed to visit the vet. He’s on some pain meds and is quite relaxed right now. Hopefully he will feel better soon.

On to the book arts…

I love teaching book making classes but am finding it hard to fill up classes so most of the time they end up being canceled. I have taught classes as small as two students before. I’m not sure if it’s waning interest in learning handcrafts or the venues not publicizing them enough as it’s not just my classes that don’t fill up. All areas of the arts seem to be suffering. Are people just way too busy in their daily lives to do something for themselves?

I’m curious, for all you teachers out there, how are classes in your part of the country/world going? 

Of note: 

Here’s an interesting take on a traditional bookbinding tool…the Jordan-Dehoff Finishing Press for book workers

Green book arts revisited…Here is a great video from Treehugger.com on making green notebooks. These would make a great school fundraiser project.

I hope everyone has a great day…whatever’s left of it.

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  1. I’m not a teacher but my friend is. She has had two classes that didn’t have enough students for the class to be able to go. She teaches several classes through our community college. For the first book arts class that she offered over the summer only two signed up and the college needs at least eight students for a class to go. She thought she may have better luck with a fall semester class that can be counted as a Fine Arts elective but not one single person signed up. Most of her other classes (knitting, crochet, design & other workshops) almost always have more than enough students. It’s really disappointing that more people aren’t interested in or just don’t understand what the book arts world has to offer.

    Comment by Cassie — September 11, 2007 @ 5:14 pm
  2. Hi Jackie,

    I’m fairly new to teaching bookbinding classes (I started in January 2007), and this is my take on the situation here.

    I teach my classes at a local scrapbooking store (even though I don’t scrapbook myself). I have found, to my delight, that scrapbookers are hungry for the projects I’ve offered to date and can’t get enough of them! I can hardly keep up! In just a few short months, my students have become very loyal…

    However, during the months of July and August, I’ve had to cancel class after class due to low registration levels - everyone was on vacation or busy with life. Now that school has started, interest in my classes has picked up immediately.

    Not sure if summer vacation was a factor in the cancellation of your classes or not, but I feel there is definitely interest in book arts here in Toronto, even if it is just for scrapbooking purposes…

    Comment by Papermuse — September 11, 2007 @ 8:27 pm
  3. I seem to have the opposite problem. I am trying to find a book making class here in the South of the UK (as I would like to expand my repertoire as it were!) with little success. The only ones I can find are too far away to attend easily! I shall just have to try and learn from books - I have the Keith Smith books and would appreciate any other recommendations.

    I have just discovered your blog - I’ll be back!

    Comment by Diane — September 14, 2007 @ 7:34 pm

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