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September 16, 2007

Sunday morning coffee and musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 8:54 am

Good morning readers.

It’s a beautiful, sunny and cool day so far here in Va. Beach. 

I appreciate the comments by readers on my question about teaching. It’s been an uphill battle to get students in classes of late. When I do demonstrations there are alot of people that seem to be interested in the book arts but I also think that people in general are way busier than they used to be, especially is they have children, so even taking a couple hours for a class is a stretch for some.

So, my question now is, how do you make the classes sound interesting enough so that people will want to take those few hours out of their weekly schedule to learn how to make a book?

Of note…

Remember this cool little tutorial? Here’s a link to a video by Judy over at Photojojo showing how they are made.

I was thinking that I’d like to make a few books like these but I would probably sew signatures of plain paper together then put the covers on as she shows in the tutorial. I’m not a big fan of perfect bound books but they do work well when using stacks of misc. papers.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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  1. This is a tough one, Jackie. We’re fortunate to have a wonderful book arts center in my area, BookWorks (http://www.bookworksasheville.com)and it’s hard to understand why some classes fill up and others are cancelled for lack of registration. Since I’m a marketer by profession, I can’t help but be fascinated by trends and what attracts people to a particular product or service.

    My experience has been that the students who register, and keep coming back, for the more straightforward bookbinding classes are those of us who are seriously interested in bookbinding. Then there are those who like making books, but are equally — or more — interested in embellishment than in bookbinding itself. And that’s great too.

    I think that craft books and t.v. craft programs have whetted some people’s appetite in mixed media techniques and surface decoration and they’d like to incorporate that into their work with books. One of my friends, whom I met when I took one of her classes, is getting new students by adding some of these techniques to her bookmaking classes. For example, she’ll cover two or three surface design techniques, say, image transfers or collaging book covers, along with the actual making of the book.

    From a marketing perspective, one of the things that interests me is how those who teach books arts (I neither teach nor ever expect to) get students to come back for other classes, those who are not real bookmaking enthusiasts.

    Comment by BookGirl — September 16, 2007 @ 11:46 am
  2. From the point of view of a member of those classes, I can say that I mostly hear about them too late, or they have a time schedule that doesn’t fit into my planning, or it’s too far away so that it takes too much time and effort to take part.

    I lately found a bookbinder not too far away from me who has an interesting concept: he offers evening classes two times a week where you can drop in, work with his bookbinding equipment and ask for instructions on your project. In addition, he offers flexible classes: you contact him and tell him topics you want to learn more about. When there is a certain number of people has come together, a date is agreed when the classes will take place. Maybe this is an inspiration?

    Comment by bookarat — September 16, 2007 @ 5:43 pm

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