Handmade and sketched

For an artist, a sketchbook can be a record of the observations, inspirations and brilliant ideas encountered in daily life. Think of Leonardo da Vinci dashing off a quick drawing of a helicopter 400 years before Igor Sikorsky, then jotting down his lunch order in a reverse code.

sketchbooks by Lesley Patterson-Marx

sketchbooks by Lesley Patterson-Marx

Making a sketchbook can be a way for the rest of us to access our inner artist and record our creative impulses. Watkins Community Education, in conjunction with Handmade & Bound Nashville, is sponsoring The Sketchbook Collective, a series of community workshops conducted by local book artists and culminating in a show of sketchbooks created by workshop participants and those submitted by local artists, musicians, writers and book lovers.

The Sketchbook Collective show is the opening event in Handmade & Bound Nashville 3rd edition and will be held in the Brownlee O. Curry, Jr. Gallery at the Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, 2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville, Tennessee 37228.  The Sketchbook Collective opens with a reception October 4, 5:00pm-7:00pm and runs  through October 14.

The third edition of Handmade & Bound Nashville is Saturday, October 5.  Go to our Vendors page for information and online registration if you want to connect your artists books, zines or one-of-a-kind book objects with our book-loving festival goers.

If you are interested in submitting a sketchbook (defined as a set of blank pages, bound or unbound, used for spontaneous, quick drawings, notes, verses, collages or more) to The Sketchbook Collective, please send your work by September 23 to:

Watkins Community Education

The Sketchbook Collective

2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.

Nashville, TN 37228

Be sure and include the artist’s name, telephone number, email, and return shipping information. If you have questions contact: Mary Beth Harding at (615) 277-7456 or mharding@watkins.edu.

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Sketchbook Collective

In conjunction with Handmade & Bound Nashville, 3rd ed.IMG_5395, the Library at Watkins and Watkins Community Education host Sketchbook Collective, a community celebration of the individually-made book.  Sketchbooks, defined as a bound set of blank pages often used for spontaneous, quick drawings, doodles or notes, have long functioned as a way for artists to ignite their creativity and store innovative ideas.  Discover your hidden artist and ignite your creativity through a series of sketchbook creation workshops held by Watkins Community Education in partnership with local community organizations.  During Handmade & Bound Nashville, local artists’ sketchbooks and books created by community members through the Sketchbook Collective will be on display in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard, Nashville, Tennessee, 37228. The show opens October 4 and runs through October 14.


The Sketchbook Collective is funded in part by a MetroArts ArtsAccess Grant.

Vendor registration is open


Be a vendor at the 2013 edition of Handmade & Bound Nashville. Show your stuff and show off your skills to fellow book lovers, zinesters, and small press aficionados.  Check out our Vendors page for registration information.

Familiar Relics Award Winners

Measuring Up, Kerri Cushman, First Place Award

Award winners from our exhibit, Familiar Relics, were announced at the opening reception October 5, 2012 in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film. First place was awarded to Kerri Cushman (Farmville, VA) for “Measuring Up”; second place to Amandine Nabarra Piomelli (Irvine, CA) for “Bernouli Equation”; and third place to Candace Hicks (Athens, TX) for “Common Threads Volume XXXIV.” Honorable mention went to Joseph Lappie (Davenport, IA), for “The Artificer Arisen, The Artificer Fallen.”

Tony White, director of the Decker Library at the Maryland Institute College of Art, served as exhibition juror. He is field editor for artist’s books and books for artists for the College Art Association’s online reviews journal caareviews.org and a founder of the Contemporary Artist’s Book Conference in New York.

Regional book artists and instructors Annie Herlocker (Paper Revival Press) and Jennifer Knowles-McQuistion (Brown Dog Bindery) curated the exhibition, which is on view daily through Saturday, October 20, in the Currey Gallery. Admission is free. Currey Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.

Artificer Arisen, Artificer Fallen, Joseph Lappie, Honorable Mention

Common Threads Volume XXXIV, Candace Hicks, Third Place Award

Bernoulli Equation, Amandine Nabarra Piomelli, Second Place Award

Off the Shelf: Book Culture in the Digital Age

Handmade & Bound Nashville, Vol. 2 will mark the conclusion of the festival’s juried book arts exhibition, Familiar Relics, with a panel discussion about the future of the book in the face of new technologies, on Friday, October 19, 7 p.m., at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film.               Panelists for “Off the Shelf: Book Culture in the Digital Age” are arts writer/East Side Story proprietor Chuck Beard, Parnassus Books co-owner Karen Hayes, Austin Peay State University professor/Goldsmith Press director Cynthia Marsh, and Maryland Institute College of Art library director/book artist and Familiar Relics juror Tony White. Watkins photography department chair Robin Paris will moderate.  Immediately following the panel, a reception, offering a final look at the Familiar Relics exhibition, will be held in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery.

Thank you, thank you!

Handmade & Bound Nashville, Volume 2 was a huge success!  Thank you to everyone who visited us on Saturday.  We hope you enjoyed all of our vendors, demos    and artwork!  Many thanks are also given to everyone who helped organize this event.  We couldn’t have done it without you!

Watkins Community Education has posted photos on their Facebook page.  Please take a look and tag yourself and friends!

Familiar Relics, will be open through October 20 with a closing panel discussion on October 19.  Zine-O-Rama is still on display in the library throughout the month.

Your throne awaits

While you are at Handmade & Bound Nashville, be sure to have your picture taken while seated on the throne of books right inside the front door.  Be Queen of Books, or King, for a day!

Nothin’ but blue skies

Handmade & Bound Nashille, vol. 2

Come enjoy a beautiful fall day, beautiful books and book arts, zines, good food and live music.  Handmade & Bound Nashville  today from 11:00am to 4:00pm at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, 2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228.


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