Updated August 1, 2013
1. How does this concept work?
You sign up here, for the days and times convenient to you, then show up and do what you normally do at your home office or at your local coffeehouse. The big difference between working in this space versus anywhere else is that you’ll be surrounded by others who share your love of the arts, fashion and design.
2. Do I need to be a fashion designer to be eligible to participate?
Not at all! We welcome designers and artists from all fields.
3. Does it cost anything?
The pop-up space is free, but you do need to sign up for your spot, as space is limited. All we will ask of you, as a participant, is to complete a short survey and allow us to stay in touch with you via email. We won’t spam, we promise!
4. What do I need to bring?
If you are planning on using one of the “fashion design” workstations, you need to bring all of your supplies with you. We will provide a form, a drafting/cutting table and sewing machines, but scissors, tape, fabric, etc, is your responsibility.
If you are coming to write or design or answer emails, you will need to have your own laptop. We are working on having a printer and a couple of desktop computers available for your use, but we don’t have those secured yet, so for now, it’s BYO technology.
5. I’m not a fashion designer per se, but I make wearable art, (jewelry, fascinators, specialty purses), can I still use the designer station?
Yes! You sure can!
6. Can I leave my stuff overnight?
You can, but at your own risk. The gallery is locked overnight, but we would feel better if you took all your valuables home with you all the same.
7. What kinds of sewing machines will you have available?
Those of you who saw that were going to be offering industrial sewing machines, we are sad to say that we’ve hit a snag with making those available. We are working on resolving the issue, but at present, we will NOT have industrial machines available the first week of the pop-up. Stay tuned and keep your fingers crossed!
If you happen to be in the possession of a reliable, working industrial sewing machine that you’d be willing to lend the Bindery for a month, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your wonderful news!
We will have 3 home sewing machines available for your use otherwise.
8. Is it going to be really noisy because of the sewing machines?
As you know, the space is a bit experimental so the honest answer is, we’re not sure. A lot will depend on how many people are sewing at one time and that will undoubtedly vary from day to day. In case things do get noisy, we encourage you to bring earphones so you can plug into your laptop or phone and listen to something other than the ambient noise.
9. Can I sign up just for one slot to try it out and then if I like it, sign up for more?
In theory, yes of course! However, our goal is to fill as many of the time slots as possible as soon as possible, and we operate on a first come, first serve basis, so there might not be any space available for you if you just sign up for one day now and wait until the space is live to decide if you want more time there.
10. What happens if I can’t come in during the time I signed up for?
If you can’t make it, that’s fine, but we ask you, PLEASE, release your spot as soon as you know you’re not able to use it. If you like, there is also an option on the sign up form to switch spots with another person.
11. What if I just want to stop by and check the place out and see what’s happening? Can I do that?
Absolutely! We welcome visitors! We have a docent on-site who will be happy to show you around and answer any questions. If you do stop by, we’d appreciate it if you left your business card or signed up for our newsletter list so we can stay in touch with you and update you on what happens with the Bindery after the pop-up is over.
12. What will the space look like?
While we won’t have actual photos until a few days before the launch, here’s a preliminary floor plan.