Saturday, March 26, 2016

Makerchests Bookbinding Workshop

In an ideal world, all schools, libraries, and museums would be equipped with tons of makery tools, tech, and toys.  Sometimes a lack of money, time, and not knowing exactly where to start can hinder the making of awesome things.

Beth, Catherine, and Melanie came up with the idea for Makerchests, kits that can be checked out by teachers for use in their classrooms.  The first makerchest consists of 16 mini-bookbinding kits.

Beth, Catherine, and Melanie hosted a bookbinding workshop where participants made single sheet zines, phamplets, and accordion books. 

Not only did workshop participants leave with one-of-a-kind handmade books, but they served as invaluable Makerchest guinea pigs by providing feedback and suggestions for making bookbinding instructions easy to understand and follow.

Varina High School's maker club, which is hosted by Varina High's librarians, will be the first Richmond-area students to try out the bookbinding Makerchest.