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Learning the craft of bookbinding

On a Thursday afternoon, in Window Bay overlooking the river at The Edge you will come across a creative group of bookbinders.

The aptly titled, Bookbinding Club, experiments with different bookbinding styles and materials, like; leather, cloth, thread, found objects, and traditional materials, including paper and card.

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Michelle Vandermeer, organiser of the Bookbinding Club, is an artist and graphic designer who has always been drawn to book design, and the tactility of handcrafted book making.

Using various techniques and materials, Michelle has recently fabricated a book using the lid of a vintage cigar box, she has also previously used other found items such as, vintage gameboards, waxed timber boards, old ornate novel covers, linoleum, storybook pages, vintage sheet music, pianola-rolls, and even a book printed entirely on white cotton.


Bookbinding Club

The craft of bookbinding can be simultaneously highly technical and highly creative. Skills in precise measuring, folding, and cutting are necessary, but a creative flair for materials and methods is the means for creative and

polished works.

Those new to bookbinding find hands-on, collaborative learning is easiest, so you can physically learn the steps and how to use some of the more challenging tools and materials, such as awls, bone folders, book presses, waxed thread, particular glues and pastes.


Bookbinding club

The Bookbinding Club group meets regularly at The Edge to share projects, ideas and skills (for free!).

The group offers a variety of get-togethers and events that encourage anyone interested in learning the craft of bookbinding, with a wealth of information about learning to bind, sourcing the materials and tools required – it’s a fun social gathering too!


For more information, check out the What’s On calendar, or follow the Bookbinding Club on meetup.com.


Hack the Evening

Two of the best things about my job as Program Officer at The Edge are:

  1. Working with a variety of talented and interesting people and
  2. Finding solutions to technical problems using some of the great tools the Edge has on hand here.

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And this is why I look forward to, “Hack the Evening” every week. Hack the Evening is The Edge’s informal maker meetup. Every Thursday night from 5.30pm in The Edge basement, tinkerers, hackers, hobbyists, artists, makers and programmers meet up to chat and work on their own and collaborative projects. HtE punters show off new toys gadgets, come to get assistance with a project that’s got them stumped or to try out one of The Edge’s new tools or workshop prototypes that is in development.

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If you’re curious about The Edge’s makerspace but not sure where to start, come along to a free Hack the Evening meetup. It’s a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and start your journey in The Edge’s Fabrication Lab. You can also join the Hack the Evening Facebook group, and get involved in the conversation.

No registration or pre-booking is required.

For more information on the Fabrication Lab or to book your induction, visit edgeqld.org.au/fabricationlab.

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What Is Brisbane Jelly?

Swing by The Edge on a Friday and you’ll encounter a curious group of laptop-tappers, either completely absorbed in their computers or passionately engaged in discussion. This is Brisbane Jelly, an informal co-working group that meets at The Edge every Friday from noon. The purpose of Brisbane Jelly is to sample the world’s finest flavours of…no wait, that’s not it!

“Jelly” is the name of a worldwide trend that began in 2006. Two New York freelancers grew tired of working alone, so they invited a group of other freelancers to their apartment to work together for the day. Legend has it they were eating jellybeans at the time, and like a wet jellybean to paper, the name stuck.

Brisbane’s version began in 2009, when a small group began meeting in people’s houses (and one time on a yacht). Eventually it grew too big and bounced between various co-working spaces. Then, somebody discovered The Edge – with its creative atmosphere, free wifi, convenient coffee bar and ridiculous river views – and Jelly’s remained there ever since.

That one time on a yacht…)

That one time on a yacht…

I never went looking for Jelly. Jelly found me. Around three years ago I was working on my laptop at The Edge when two sparkling-eyed young guys asked if they could share my window bay. We got talking – their names were Jaap (from Holland) and Anton (from Russia) – and they told me I should come to Brisbane Jelly. I’d seen this “Jelly” mentioned online, but figured it was for computer programmers. Being a copywriter, musician and media all-rounder, I didn’t want to feel like Jen on The IT Crowd. But Jaap and Anton persuaded me it wasn’t just for “techies” and now, I’m a regular!

Jelly on a Friday

Jelly on a Friday

I love Jelly because it attracts positive, knowledge-thirsty, outside-of-the-box thinkers, enthusiastic about what the world could be. I always learn something new and come away feeling inspired!

Originally the group was attended by programmers, software developers and designers, but we’ve also had illustrators, filmmakers, philosophers, psychologists, neuroscientists and reptologists. We’ve had university students, entrepreneurs, freelancers, retirees, and employees who just want a place to work away from the office. There are the regulars, and there are travelers from all over the world who pop in while passing through.

Jelly in White, we obviously all got the memo!

Jelly in White, we obviously all got the memo!

In coming posts, I’ll profile a couple of our fascinating regulars. If you’re interested in coming to Jelly, feel free to sign up to our Meetup page. We hope to see you there!

Wendy Lang


New look for Producers Club

Producers Club is a fortnightly meetup for sound engineers, professional producers, composers, musicians and general noise makers. Ryadan Jeavons has just taken the reins and has a few changes in store. We sat down for a chat to see what’s planned.

What do you get up to when you are not at The Edge?
My main occupation is as Regional Manager for a Psychology firm that authors online Talent management and Recruitment assessments. Although I’m only new to this company I’ve been in sales for a long time and before that owned two cafes in Sydney.

On the side I compose music for theatre and dance productions as well as short film soundtracks and Documentaries. I do this on a regular basis and even when I’m not being paid for it I still love composing songs for my children or friends or even just for my own ears.

Probably the biggest part of my life outside work is spent with my family. I have two young daughters, 5 and 1 and they keep me busy all the time right up until they go to sleep. I love my girls and my wife and every weekend we will do something musical together like: singing and dancing games, making a song together, going to see a musical at QPAC or playing around with instruments. We are a very musical family so it’s beautiful to see how this impacts on their development.

I am also a classically trained pianist and have been studying since I was six. I got into impro jazz later in life and so occasionally I get together with a group of other funk/jazz guys and we pump out a few recordings completely improvised.

How did you get involved at The Edge?
I stumbled across it through Kyle Mclean, who is founder of Everyone is Happy Productions – an interactive designer in projection mapping. He had me meet him there and I was extremely impressed. I had never heard of it before and thought it was an absolute gem that needs as much publicity as I can give it. I’ve since sent several friends to the site and courses.

For those that don’t know, can you describe what Producers Club is?
Producers Club is a discussion group that meets once a fortnight in Lab 3 (the recording studio at The Edge) and brings together the minds of local artists and engineers to discuss music in general, show pieces of music for feedback, analyses production methods and general music chat. NO POLITICS!

Is there anything else like it in Brisbane?
I don’t believe there is anything else out there like it. There certainly is nothing that I know of that gives people with no idea about where to begin with their musical journey a place to meet other like minded people and professionals AND have access to recording equipment and professional production hardware.

If you are a singer, for example, you have a million song ideas and have no way of getting them down onto something other than you Iphone, you can come along to the producers club and share your idea, get feedback, develop the idea collaboratively, have other artists record other sections and then have a mixer do the post production. You may not be able to get it to a studio level, but you certainly will have a demo that you can then carry around and promote.

The best part about all this is that it is FREE.

What sort of people come to Producers Club?
Anyone is encouraged to come along. We have people with completely different levels of musical knowledge, from professional producers, sound engineers and composers right through to people who just love music and want to dip their feet.

I would encourage everyone to come along if you love music and sit in with us. Even if you think you have no right to judge or critique anyone’s music. I find that people know what they like about certain songs and even though they may not have a deep degree of understanding about why they like it, the feedback that they give can still be very useful.

Just remember, we don’t judge anyone for what they don’t know. Hey, I’m no expert in Production or Mastering so I go along myself to learn from other experts. I think the prerequisite for the Producers Club is that you have to love music.

In a typical night, what would you do at a meetup?
We are going to change the format a bit moving forward. We are going to give everyone an opportunity to introduce themselves to the group and explain what their level of understanding is and what they want to get out of these meetings. If people have things they want to share then we will go through those and allow feedback if they would like and then if anyone has an idea we can look at the steps we go through to produce a song. We will also look at different songs and analyse each section about what makes it work and how production plays a huge part in the song. We will cover music software and what program is best for an individual’s desired outcomes.

If someone is thinking about coming along is there anything they need to bring?
I would say bring along whatever you are working on or any idea you want advice on. If you really don’t want to share we won’t force you so just come along and sit in and see if you like it. If you have an instrument that is portable, bring that along too. We may not get to produce everyone’s work each night but once we get an idea of who is going to come regularly we will set about to map out each person’s project and work on them together over the meetings.

For upcoming Producers Club dates see the Calendar. Meetups are free and no bookings are required.