June 06, 2012
While in Brooklyn we got the opportunity to hit two locations we have been dying to visit. The Mast Brothers Chocolate production and retail location, and the Brooklyn Art Library where the The Sketchbook Project is archived. Lucky for us, and our post tradeshow feet, they were literally right next door to one another. In both cases we were not disappointed.
Mark captures the bearded clerk ringing up lots of chocolate bars.
First, Mast Brothers. Really cannot say enough how awesome their set up is. Yes, they make delicious chocolate. But yes, they sure as hell know how to set up a gorgeous environment that makes one want to rollup their sleeves and just jump in on the chocolate bar making process. The epitome of handcrafted, everything is there for you to see. The kitchen, the roasters, the gold foil wrapping team making bars, it's all there. Love. Well done Mast, we had high expectations and you exceeded them.
Then, right next door, The Sketchbook Project is a open art project where one can purchase a $25 blank sketchbook, fill it with what ever one pleases, and return it back to the Brooklyn Library for inclusion in their archive. Anyone, including, two Denverites, fresh out of a chocolate factory, or two French girls dressed in yellow searching to document anything yellow in their travels, can sit down and leave through as many sketchbooks as they please. Hands on access to thousands of artists work. It's pretty awesome. You should go.
This book by Amy Liebenberg, a Canadian artist, was called "Down Your Street".
Every two pages were stitched together, so she could embroider her illustrations.
Every single sketchbook is cataloged with the artists info.