The Broke Ass Guide to Learning

In an effort to be crafty, I had my grandmother ship her old 1970′s sewing machine that had been gathering dust in her Michigan basement. And you know what it’s doing now? Gathering even more dust as it sits on my desk silently mocking me for even trying. For years I’ve had roommates who knit, sew, paint, cook, you name it and I’ve always envied their artistic flair in the creative and domestic arts. Sure there’s various craft workshops around the city, but most of them run $100 and up. I wanted to learn the old fashioned way, for free and in a intimate and low key setting, a sort of 4-H Club approach. When I stumbled across Brooklyn Skillshare, I knew my DIY dreams could finally come true!

With their motto being “Education is a right, not a commodity”, I knew this was something I could get behind. Tapping into the creative community of Brooklyn and beyond, Brooklyn Skill share will be offering workshops throughout the year. Their first event ever will take place October 10 at Gowanus Studio Space that includes five blocks of an hour and a half classes that range from screen printing, to kombucha brewing to fiber arts.

While you toil away at a work table, free breakfast and lunch will also be provided. $10 donations are encouraged but I’d say that’s a sweet deal for a day’s worth of learning and a party at the end. Check out their site to see information about future classes and fundraisers.  Friends, don’t be shocked if you all end up with knitted scarves with unicorns screen printed on them this holiday.

Brooklyn Skillshare
Gowanus Studio space
199 8th St. (Between 2nd and 3rd)
10am-6pm

Closing Party 7pm-9pm
FREE Breakfast and Lunch


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Laura S - Spendthrift Scribe

Laura S, left the "sixth borough" three years ago to settle in Brooklyn. After working at some daily rags, she now does writing on the side but still eats more Ramen then necessary. When she's not moving residences every 6 months, eating her way through every neighborhood, and trying every microbrew known to man, she is unsuccessfully rediscovering home economics. With her binging days behind her, she's now exploring new projects and rediscovering the city that she loves (although is still prone to sliding on her knees during a Prince karaoke set).