What is a Drop-in? A drop-in is an
no pre-paid registration.
It is suggested that you let us know if
you plan to attend
so that the instructor has enough hand
outs and supplies on hand for you.
Sometimes life is so hectic you can’t plan too
far ahead. A drop-in allows you the flexibility
to attend without too much advanced planning.
Sometimes supplies are required, sometimes they
are supplied. It’s a relaxed learning
atmosphere where in a short period of time you
can experience a new activity. It is expected
that participants have the knowledge of basic
bookbinding skills: cutting board, covering
finding grain and simple sewing.
BAR swaps happen twice a year, May and
November. This is a chance to share
your work and begin to develop a
collection of handmade books. The only
rule is that the books must have content
of some kind, and fit in a brown lunch
bag. It’s a 2 for 2 swap, you make 2
books and you go home with 2 new books
created by BAR members. Needless to
say, our swaps have become a popular BAR
This BAR activity is called a Collaborative
because members all work together on the same
project and share
the results with other participating members.
The 2012 collaborative was “The Silk Road”
Check our blog at the end of January for
the theme of the 2013 Collaborative.
The Content Group first started out as a
group dedicated to exploring the content
of a book and how to effectively develop
it. To help in that goal, the Penny
Dreadful was born, a wonderful theme
driven zine, with each person involved
contributing a page to the issue. After
the PD ran its course, the format has
changed, but the exploration of content
has continued. The Content Group meets
monthly, the Thursday before the BAR
This is a group open to all BAR
members and meets periodically
on a Wednesday morning from 10:00 – 2:00 in the
Loft. Bring any project you are working on at
the time for feedback and ideas, or just come to
work and talk in the company of like-minded
artists. Check the
The events listed above are open to members of
the BAR only.