Workshops galore

Handmade and Bound Nashville, a  book arts festival for the entire family, will welcome dozens of vendors and feature a variety of workshops and lectures during the first edition of the free community celebration, set for Friday, Sept. 30–Saturday, Oct. 1, at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film.

Artists’ book, zine and comics authors, artisans, publishers, distributors and aficionados will buy, sell, trade and exhibit handmade and affordable publications and creations, as well as offer instruction and demos in miniature books, origami books, papermaking, printing, zine making, publishing, writing and bookbinding.

All events and activities are free and open to the public. 

Sponsors for Handmade & Bound Nashville include Bongo Java, Jerry’s Artarama, Plaza Artist Materials, and Watkins Community Education department.

The festival launches Friday, Sept. 30, with a 6:30 p.m. reception celebrating the juried book arts and zine exhibition Encoded Structures: Interpreting the Story, on display in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery (through Oct. 28).  Immediately following at 8:00 p.m. in the Watkins Theater is a screening of the award-winning 2004 documentary “$100 and a T-shirt,” a cultural analysis of the zine community directed by Joe Biel (51 min.).

In addition to the book arts marketplace on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Handmade & Bound will offer the following free activities for children and adults:

  • Papermaking with Annie Herlocker, Watkins adjunct instructor – throughout the day
  • Sidewalk mural drawing for kids of all ages with Watkins art students – throughout the day
  • Proofpress printing with Cindy Marsh of the Goldsmith Press and Rare Type Collection at Austin Peay State University – throughout the day
  • Wooden books demo by Jennifer Knowles McQuistion of Brown Dog Bindery
  • Fine bindings and gold tooling demo by Bob Roberts of Gilded Leaf Binder
  •  Zines for Kids & Teens workshop by Kale Edmiston of Little Hamilton CollectiveStorytime for Children reading and fingerpuppets by Nathalie VanBalen, author of Garlic-Onion-Beet-Spinach-Mango-Carrot-Grapefruit Juice
  • Miniature Books: Accordion Popup workshop by Jennifer Knowles McQuistion of Brown Dog Bindery  (no fee, but registration required)
  • “The Art of Saying Something Worth Saving,” a discussion of language and text in art by Amy Wright of Zone 3 Press 
  • Quadraflip or Infinity Card workshop by Elizabeth Sanford, Watkins adjunct instructor (no fee, but registration required)
  • “Toward a Self-Sufficient, Long-Lived Zine,” a discussion of independent publishing by Todd Dills, editor, THE2NDHAND literary zine
  • Zine Readings open mic
  • Saturday will also feature music from indie pop duo Kristy West (Guilty Pleasures alumna) and Nick Perreault and a food truck “food court” with several of Nashville’s most popular rolling restaurants.
    To reserve space in the miniature book and card workshops, email librarian@watkins.edu.   For more information, contact the Watkins Library at 615.277.7427 or visit watkins.edu.

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