Garage Annex School – not a place for cars to learn stuff

I realized that I mentioned the Garage Annex School in my post about Julie Chen and didn’t elaborate.

At all. My bad.

Just what exactly is the Garage Annex School? Well, it’s a bookbinding school located in Easthampton, MA. I’m not sure how they came up with the name because they’re not located in a garage, but in a converted mill (which is way cool and kinda creepy).

I am so thankful to have a bookbinding school located within driving distance of my home. The co-directors of the school, Daniel Kelm and Greta Sibley, get the most amazing roster of instructors.

Take a look at their class listing for this year: Julie Chen, Hedi Kyle, and Shanna Leino, to name a few. How fun would it be to make your own bone folders with Shanna?

I took a weekend workshop there about 1 1/2 years ago with Hedi Kyle – was that a dream and a half! We learned how to make a bunch of binding structures using materials that one could easily find in a stationery store. I would have taken a class in pickle binding if Hedi was teaching it – to have the opportunity to learn from her was priceless.

Yes, I get star struck. I believe I’ve mentioned that before.

And the studio where the classes are held…oh boy. It is HUGE. And it has really tall ceilings.

And there are all kinds of boxes crammed in places and you just wanna go in every one and see what’s in there because whatever it is you know it’s really cool.

And he has these big pieces of equipment and I have no idea what they do, but I want one of each.

So here I am, only 21 days away from my class with Julie Chen.

Best. Vacation. Ever.

If the classes look interesting to you, sign up for their Email list. They give you a teaser of the upcoming classes before registration begins, just so you can torture yourself over which one you’re going to take.

And these classes fill up fast. The Julie Chen class filled up in 6 hours and I only got in because some people dropped out (I was #2 on the wait list). In anticipation of next year’s schedule, I will continue my practice of searching the Sunday want ads for a job where you get paid to take bookbinding classes.

So what do you think? I'd love to know!

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