“Whan that aprill”

Chaucer was right.  The “sweet showers of April” are one sign of Spring, along with National Poetry Month and the first stirrings of Handmade & Bound Nashville.  The Academy of American Poets suggests one way to celebrate: take a poem out to lunch.  Handmade & Bound Nashville celebrates Spring and Poetry Month by announcing the dates for the fourth edition of the Handmade & Bound Nashville festival and marketplace of artists’ books, zines, printmaking and more.

Plan your pilgrimage to:

Handmade & Bound Nashville 2014

October 3 & 4, 2014

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film

2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.

Nashville, TN 37228

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H&BN 3rd Edition

Handmade & Bound Nashville 3rd Edition starts Friday, October 4, with the Sketchbook Collective in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Galler915am100612y.  Join us for the opening reception from 5PM to 7PM.  On Saturday, October 5, from 11AM to 4PM, join a horde of book artists, zine makers, print makers and small press operators in the halls of Watkins College of Art, Design & Film for the H&BN Marketplace.  Browse book themed jewelry created by Laura Matthews of the Book Cellar, prints by the Brooklyn based artists of Cannonball Press Collective, Thorazine created by Watkins students Russell Mahan and Chris Davidson, paper cut cards from Kelli Hix, and artists’ books of every description.  Pick up your H&BN shopping bag hot off the press, courOT_Logo_Webtesy of our friends from Austin Peay State University.  In addition to examples of the bookish arts for sale, there will be demonstrations of origami, linoleum block printing, bookbinding and letterpress printing.  Go to our Vendors page for a complete list. Take part in the Our Town Nashville public art project and help create a portrait of Nashville. Leave your own mark in one of the interactive sketchbooks in the gallery.

Handmade & Bound Nashville 3rd Edition takes place October 4 & 5, Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard, Nashville.

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One cannot live by books alone

After you feed your mind with the Handmade & Bound vendors, demonstrations and displays, feed your body

with a perfect espresso from Beve Mobile Coffee, bevelogo



the Spicy Mama twisted meal from Two Guys in a Lunchbox  and

an Abi York Peppermint Patty from Moovers and Shakers. mooversandshakers

All are at Handmade & Bound Nashville, October 5, Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, Nashville.

Sketchy in a good way

Sketchbooks are beginning to pile up at Handmade & Bound headquarters.  The Sketchbook Collective gallery show will feature examples from the Watkins Community Ed sketchbook workshops and submissions from the greater community.SB_oasis_066  Leave your own mark in the four interactive sketchbooks created by Sketchbook Collective workshop leaders and open for contributions from visitors to the show.  Join us for the Sketchbook Collective opening reception on October 4, see the show during Handmade & Bound Nashville, October 5, or check it out in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery through October 24.


Collaborative book by A. Price & C.A. Johnson


The Sketchbook Collective gallery show opening reception is Friday, October 4, 5PM to 7PM in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery at the Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, Nashville.  The show runs through October 24.  The gallery is open during regular college hours

Free is good

Thanks to WZTV for the shout out for Handmade & Bound! station_idBooks, zines, comics, book artists, demos and all free. check it out. http://www.fox17.com/newsroom/top_stories/videos/wztv_vid_20234.shtml

Counting Down!!!

Handmade & Bound Nashville, 3rd edition is just two weeks away. Check our Vendor List and our Facebook Page for the most current updates. We currently have over 30 tables of fabulous book artists, zine authors, jewelry and print makers for you to meet, learn from and shop with. Lots of returning and new faces as well as some new food trucks to try.

We’re excited to welcome Lithographics, Inc. as a sponsor. Come visit them at their table too.

Featured Vendor: Todd Dills will be returning to H&BN this year.2ndhand An author, editor, and publisher, Todd will be back selling zines and copies of the 2nd Hand, a broadsheet publishing short fiction.  He’s also available for advice on self publishing and printing and maintaining control of your work.  For more about the zine authors coming to H&BN this year, see our zines page.

If you plan on coming to Nashville and want any tips, please feel free to contact the library.

Support your local book artist, zinester…

If you love books and bookish things, check out our vendors at Handmade & Bound Nashville.  Artists’ books, small press items, zines, comih&bnTYPEcs, book jewelry, handmade paper, everything you need to create your own book or enjoy the work of others, will be on display accompanied by demonstrations, readings, the Sketchbook Collective gallery show, and food trucks.  When we figure out who is who, what is what, and where is where, we will be publishing our vendor list on our Vendors page, so check back often.  Join us for the Sketchbook Collective opening October 4, 5-7 PM in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery and the third Handmade and Bound Nashville festival marketplace October 5, 11AM-4PM at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film.

Sketchbook mania

The Sketchbook Collective community workshops are in full swing here in the Handmade & Bound neighborhood.  As of last week, we successfully completed two Sketchbook Collective workshops serving almost 30 participants at Crestview Health and Rehabilitation and the Looby Center. Participants and teachers alike have been enjoying the creative, hands-on activities as well as the opportunity to meet new people.  Workshops are coming soon to Oasis Center, Casa Azafran, and FiftyForward Bordeaux.IMG_9136

Join the Handmade & Bound Nashville creative community by submitting your sketchbook for the Sketchbook Collective Exhibition which opens October 4  as part of this year’s Handmade & Bound Nashville  festival and runs through October 14 in the Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Gallery at  Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard, Nashville, Tennessee.  Check out the Sketchbook Collective tab above for details and submit your sketchbook before September 23, 2013.

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It’s like a taco truck

The Sketchbook Project, yet another export from the burgeoning cultural mecca of Brooklyn, makes an appearance August 27. 2013 noon to 6 PM, in the parking lot of Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard, Nashville, Tennessee.  The Sketchbook Project is a crowd-sourced art project and interactive traveling exhibition of  handmade books.  Their mission is to allow anyone to be able to participate in art, especially those who say they are not artists, by creating a personal sketchbook illustrating their own inspirations and creative processes.  sketchbookproject

The mobile library of the Sketchbook Project is like a taco truck with sketchbooks, taking examples from the over 27,000 in the project’s collection out into communities across the country.   Come by Watkins College of Art, Design & Film 12 noon to 6 PM to make a sketchbook, view a sketchbook from the collection and join the Sketchbook Project community.

Don’t forget the Sketchbook Collective project and exhibition coming up as part of Handmade & Bound Nashville.  Check it out.

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