H&BN is a celebration of all things book. It’s also a sort of trade show and marketplace, a place where vendors can connect with readers, fans, hobbyists and other vendors. We welcome makers of books, blank books, book objects, book jewelry, comics, mini-comics and zines, as well as sellers of book and printing materials.
Check out the About the H&BN Marketplace pages to find information about signing up for a table, or tables, to show off and sell your bookish products. Deadline for vendor registration is September 22, 2014.
Poetry month is drawing to a close but the Library at Watkins, Watkins Community Education and Handmade & Bound Nashville 2014 will continue to celebrate poetry, books and the print arts with the Poetry & Prints gallery show and community workshops. Inspired by the work of Russian artist Vasily Kandinsky and the retrospective of his work hosted by the Frist Center, September 26, 2014 through January 2. 2015, Watkins Community Education is hosting a series of community book arts workshops. Professional book artists, poets and printmakers will teach workshop participants how to create their own books and fill them with the poetry and prints they create.
The artists’ books created by workshop participants will be displayed along side works created by invited working artists in the Poetry & Prints gallery show in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film. Join us Friday, October 3, 2014, 5-7 pm for the opening and reception honoring the participating artists. Then come to the Handmade & Bound Nashville 2014 Festival and Marketplace, Saturday, October 4, 11 am- 4pm on the Watkins campus 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard, Nashville, Tennessee.
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
Handmade & Bound Nashville 3rd Edition starts Friday, October 4, with the Sketchbook Collective in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery. 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, courtesy 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.
Zine-O-Rama is a glimpse into the world of zines (rhymes with beans). Zinesters from Antioch, TN, to Italy have contributed their creations to this exhibition which illustrates the wide range of techniques and subjects that typify this very personal form of publishing. The addition of a few librarian selected zines from as far away as Australia and Malaysia, ensures examples showcasing art, photography, vegan cooking, politics, fiction, lots of comics, and more in a variety of shapes, sizes, and bindings. Zine-O-Rama is on display during regular library hours October 4 through October 31 in the Library at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, 2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville, TN 37228.
Our list of Vendors just keeps growing. With participants ranging from EraBellum, an artisan co-op freshly opened September 1, through bookstores like East Side Story, community projects like Chicago’s North Branch Projects to the book artists of Brown Dog Bindery and Linenlaid & felt, we cover the range of things bookish. Check out the whole list through the link on our Vendors page. Even better reserve a table and join us at Handmade&Bound Nashville, October 6 in Nashville.
As part of volume 2 of Handmade & Bound Nashville, we are very excited to feature zines in a massive way as part of our events. This year we’d like to educate and appreciate zines in all formats and on all subjects from perzines, cookzines, artzines, and musiczines from all regions (particularly Nashville) to minizines, cut and paste zines and comics. The exhibit will be in the Library of Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, home of one of only two zine collections in Tennessee, and run for the month of October. We’d love to display your zine whether stapled or tied, screen printed or simply photocopied. If your interested, send your zine by September 15 to Lisa Williams, library director, Watkins College of Art Design and Film Library, 2298 Rosa Parks Boulevard, Nashville, Tennessee 37228. After the show, we’ll ship your zine back to you or happily add them to our collection
Thanks to all the sponsors, supporters, vendors, food trucks,performers, volunteers, and weather watchers who
contributed to the success and fun of Handmade&Bound Nashville #1. Here are the first shots from the festival and Encoded Structures opening. More photos to come as soon as they come back from the drug store. It is not too soon to think about
Handmade&Bound Nashville 2012!
Watkins College of Art, Design & Film
Opening reception: Friday, September 30, 2011 6:30-8:00 PM
Handmade & Bounders are excited by the quality and variety of entries to Encoded Structures: Interpreting the Story. Whether your taste runs to Nanette Wylde’s Hello Catty, full of cattyisms and fun, or the earthiness of Cindy Marsh’s Book of Human Ecology, there will be something to engage you in the world of artist made books and zines.
Come to the opening and stay for the showing of $100 and a T-shirt after. Or, check out the show in the Brownlee O. Currey Gallery at Watkins College through October 28.