Tuesday, March 24, 2009
The Minnesota Center for the Book Arts is a small organization located within a building called Open Book in Minneapolis. The building is actually three old buildings located within the warehouse district that has been opened up to house organizations dedicated to the book as an art form or literature. In addition to MCBA, writers may take a class at the Loft, there is a small publishing company, a display space for artists and a coffee shop.
I found a class on early book bindings in a homeschool group that we are a member of. It was a simple binding comprised of a pleather covering, loose pages folded and sewn together with two stitches. The class took about an hour and the kids got a journal reminiscent of a medieval book and a lesson on books and their history. It had been a drive, but way worth the effort. I was happy the class was such a success because the organizer has decided to do four more classes. Since we have to drive into Minneapolis, I was relieved that she scheduled two classes each on two different days so we don't have to drive four times.