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About this project

Our story

5 years back we had the idea to create an open space for craftspeople and artists alike. We wanted to develop a place that we've been longing for and never found. A workshop where everyone is welcome and can work, chat, relax, exhibit, and perform without having to pay high fees. Just enthusiasm and creativity should be enough to join us.

Unsere Geschichte - vor 5 Jahren hatten wir die Idee einen Ort für Künstler aller Art zu schaffen wie es ihn vorher noch nicht gegeben hat. Eine Werkstatt in dem jeder willkommen ist und arbeiten, ausstellen, darstellen oder einfach reden und entspannen kann, ganz ohne teure Gebühren.

The "book bar" of the Buchbar
The "book bar" of the Buchbar

 Our style is that of a renaissance workshop with a lot of steampunk and the feel of an old library. It's books and crafts everywhere. We created stained glass window effects and painted our walls with coffee. The perfect place to be.

Unser Stil mischt Elemente einer alten Bibliothek mit einer Renaissancewerkstatt und Steampunkt, die "Buchbar" und die bunten Fenster sind ein Zeichen dafür genau wie die mit Kaffee gestrichenen Wände.

Faux stained glass windows but with real color Faux stained glass windows but with real color

Faux stained glass windows but with real color
Faux stained glass windows but with real color

 In a quiet but beautiful backyard of the busy and colorful part of Dresden, the "Neustadt" (new town) we found the perfect place. So, the Buchbar (meaning book-bar, aka counter of books but also being bookable), was born.

In einem wunderschönen Hinterhof der Dresdner Neustand fanden wir das perfekte Zuhause für die Buchbar.

Art Everywhere
Art Everywhere

 Due to the low rent and amazing surroundings we attracted many artists, craftsmen and a varied, engaged audience.

Dank der bisher niedrigen Miete und toller Umgebung konnten wir viele Künstler und ein dankbares Publikum begeistern. Die Werkstatt wuchs und ermöglichte Kunsthandwerkern aktiv zu werden.

Craftsman at work, creating your things
Craftsman at work, creating your things
Workshop Area
Workshop Area

Our workshop was continually expanded to cater for the needs of the craftspeople working there.

  

This summer the property was sold and which caused our rent to triple. This is still cheaper than many places around us, but for us it came as a shock.

Im Sommer wurden die Ladengeschäfte verkauft und damit verdreifachte sich unsere Miete. Es ist zwar immer noch preiswerter als anderswo, war für uns aber echt ein Hammer.

The cosy outside World
The cosy outside World

So we tried to make ends meet also investing our personal savings. But to reliably earn enough to pay the rent, we have to develop new concepts without having to worry every day how to survive the next month.

Wir haben bisher versucht, irgendwie über die Runden zu kommen und auch unsere eigenen Mittel investiert. Aber für die Weiterführung unserer Idee wollen und müssen wir neue Konzepte entwickeln. Dafür brauchen wir Zeit und Fokus.

How you can help

That's where you come in. With your help we get enough air to breathe and to focus on creating new and exciting activities, offerings, workshops and performances. 

Wie könnt ihr helfen? Ihr könnt uns ermöglichen, die Miete für die Zeit zu überbrücken, die wir benötigen, um neue/weitere Konzepte, Aktivitäten und Ideen für den nachhaltigen Betrieb der Buchbar zu entwickeln.

The Stage during the day
The Stage during the day
And during the Night
And during the Night

Those will allow us to keep the Buchbar open forever by providing the base income to pay rent and other fees. So that we can focus on craft, art and making our community a happier place.

Diese neuen Ansätze erlauben uns dann die Mittel zu erwirtschaften, um die Buchbar dauerhaft als Einrichtung in der Community fortführen zu können. Dann können wir uns auch endlich wieder auf die Kunst und Kunstförderung konzentrieren.

Reward Gallery

Being craftspeople and artists, we don't want to to give for nothing, so we want to give back. The things we can create or offer are unique hand-made goods from our workshop, our space for you and our thanks.

Here you see the items we carefully selected for you to enjoy.

Als Künstler und Kunsthandwerker ist es uns eine Freude Euch für Euren Beitrag selbstgefertigte Dinge anbieten zu können, die Euch glücklich machen und einmalig sind.

Branded Leather Coaster
Branded Leather Coaster
Handmade Jewelry
Handmade Jewelry
Beautiful Steampunk Earrings
Beautiful Steampunk Earrings
Steampunk Pendants
Steampunk Pendants
Leather Bags with Brass Clasps
Leather Bags with Brass Clasps
Colorful Jewelry
Colorful Jewelry
Steampunk Keyboard
Steampunk Keyboard
Examples of the available Artwork
Examples of the available Artwork
Kickstarter Buchbar Poster
Kickstarter Buchbar Poster
Buchbar Buch
Buchbar Buch
Pinseltasche
Pinseltasche
     
Example Phone Sleeve
Example Phone Sleeve
Small Leather Bags
Small Leather Bags
 

Risks and challenges

The main risk we see is that we will not come up with enough concepts in the time gained by the campaign to create a sustainable workshop environment with everyone. If that happens we have to close down.

As we create all the pledges ourselves there is no risk involved (short of one of us getting sick or dying) to get the items of your desire.

As we plan to ship via airmail and the German Postal service which is really reliable everything should reach it's destination. Although we will mark your packages as gifts your local customs might want you to pay fees for them. If you don't want that let them be delivered somewhere in the European Union.

Das Hauptrisiko is, dass wir nicht genügend tragfähige Konzepte für die Weiterführung der Buchbar entwickeln können. Dann müssten wir schliessen. Da wir alle angebotenen Dinge selbst herstellen, müssten wir durch Krankheit oder schlimmeres verhindert werden.
Wir wollen alles international per Luftpost verschicken. Die Deutsche Post ist da eigentlich recht zuverlässig, daher sollte der Versand kein Problem darstellen.

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    Pledge €5 or more About $5

    A signed postcard of the Buchbar.

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    A unique leather coaster with a iron-branded seal of the Buchbar.

    Lederuntersetzer mit Buchbar-Brandzeichen.

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    A unique poster for this campaign, only 50 pieces will be printed. You'll received them signed by all of us with a big thank you.

    Limitiertes, signiertes Buchbar-Poster.

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    A unique piece of jewelry crafted in our workshop.

    Wunderschöner Schmuck aus unserer Werkstatt.

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    Pledge €50 or more About $54

    A signed CD of an artist who performed on our stage.

    Signierte CD eines Künstlers von unserer Bühne.

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    Pledge €100 or more About $108

    Handmade leather cover/sheat for your iPhone or Android phone, we ask you for the model / measures after the campaign.

    Telefon-Lederhülle handgefertigte Massarbeit.

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    Pledge €150 or more About $161

    You want to be on stage and perform for an audience. You're welcome to do so with us.

    Euer Auftritt auf unserer Bühne.

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    Pledge €200 or more About $215

    An artistic rework of a book. Fixed in time and shaped but beautiful to look at.

    Buch-Kunst. Verarbeitung eines Buches zu einem haptischen Kunstwerk.

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    A carefully crafted leather bag with brass buckles. Great for all the small things you want to carry around.

    Unikat-Ledertasche mit Messingschnallen.

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    Pledge €250 or more About $269

    The Buchbar is yours for a whole evening. Relax, party, meet with friends without being disturbed. You have to come to us though :) We make an appointment to your liking. And a surprise is waiting for you too.

    Buchbar "Vermietung" für einen Abend für Eure Veranstaltung.

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    Pledge €500 or more About $538

    One of the beautiful pictures and drawings artists exhibited in our place. It is definitely one of a kind and it can be yours.

    Kunstwerke aus unserer Ausstellung. Definitiv Unikate.

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    Pledge €750 or more About $807

    You are an creative artist and want to exhibit in our place. You're welcome for a whole month to show your art to our audiences.

    Deine Kunst bei uns ausgestellt für einen Monat.

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    Pledge €1,500 or more About $1,615

    A real steampunk keyboard crafted to your liking. We'll take a keyboard of your choice (about $100) and will transform it into a beauty that you will enjoy looking at and typing on.

    Eine handgefertigtes Steampunk-Tastatur nach Deinen Wünschen.

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