And the best supporting actor in a zine is…

Not quite the Emmy awards but notifications are being sent out to the artists whose work was selected for presentation in Encoded Structures: Interpreting the Story, H&BN’s juried book arts and zine exhibition. The opening event of Handmade & Bound Nashville 2011 is the opening reception for Encoded Structures Friday, September 30, 6:30 p.m. in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film.  The exhibit runs through October 28 and is free and open to the public.

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   For more information, contact the Watkins Library at 615.277.7427 or visit

A tip of the hat #1

Handmade & Bound Nashville wants to give the nod to festival participant Todd Dills of THE2NDHAND. Take it away Todd.

Toward a self-sufficient, long-lived zine

Thinking big can sometimes mean acting small. THE2NDHAND was founded in the year 2000 as a single 11-by-17 sheet of paper crowding several short stories into the limited space, distributed free of charge in storefront cafes, bookstores and record shops in Chicago. The literary zine’s editor, Todd Dills, continues to publish the broadsheet today, but alongside the primary print venue an online magazine, various digital projects and a couple of books also carry THE2NDHAND’s name. In this workshop, now-Nashville-resident Dills takes a tour through the zine’s history to examine the nuts and bolts of what it takes to keep a serial zine alive and vital. You will wear many hats as the maker of a zine. From conception to production, promotion and that sometime bugaboo of the independent publishing world, funding, making your zine a project with true longevity will depend on your consideration of all these aspects. Publishers/writers of one-off projects will likewise benefit from this talk – THE2NDHAND recently released its 10th-anniversary  book, All Hands On: THE2NDHAND After 10, a Reader, 2000-2011, funded in large part by a successful fund-raising campaign conducted through the arts fund-raising portal.

Todd Dills


Handmade events

As the big day approaches, Handmade and Bound Nashville is coming into focus with events and workshops.  Here’s a sampler:

Kids (you know who you are) can pitch in drawing a sidewalk chalk mural or join book artist Annie Herlocker to get their hands dirty making paper or get published with Kale Edmiston’s “Zines with kids” workshop or unroll their mats for story time when author Nathalie VanBalen reads from her children’s book Garlic-Onion-Beet-Spinach-Mango-Carrot-Grapefruit Juice accompanied by finger puppets..

There are printing demonstrations by Bryce McCloud of Isle of Printing and the chance to print your own souvenir H&BN bag with Cindy Marsh of Goldsmith Press.

You can make some noise at the open-mic zine read-a-rama,  or make something of yourself by learning how to make miniature books with Jennifer Knowles -McQuiston of Brown Dog Bindery or a quadraflip (!) with Watkins’ own Elizabeth Sanford.

Delve deeper into the zen and art of the book with THE2NDHAND editor Todd Dills’ presentation Toward a Self-Sufficient, Long Lived Zine and The Art of Saying Something Worth Saving with Amy Wright.

When we firm up the schedule, we will open up sign up (by email or on the day if there are available spaces) for the workshops with limited enrollments.

Stay tuned for more events and activities and food trucks and…

Still time

Jennifer Knowles McQuistion, "My Heart Belongs To Daddy"

Encoded Structures: Interpreting the Story, Handmade and Bound Nashville’s juried artists’ book and zine exhibition, is gathering steam as submissions come in from all over.

Jennifer Knowles McQuistion, "Dear Mr Minton"

To encourage more participation, we have extended the submission deadline to September 1, 2011.  Check out our Gallery Exhibition page for details on how, what, when and where to submit.

You made the book, now see the movie

The Pacific north-west is a hot bed for coffee, beer, bicycles, rain, and zines. Go there to try the former and come here to see the latter.

As part of  Handmade & Bound Nashville, Watkins Library is presenting $100 and a T-shirt, a documentary about zines and zinemakers shot in the Portland, Oregon area by Joe Biel.  The 51 minute documentary is an introduction to zines, making zines, and zine culture.  Check out the opening of Encoded Structures in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery and stay for the showing.

$100 and a T-shirt

8:00 P.M.

Friday, September 302011

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film

2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard

Nashville, Tennessee 37228


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