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Handmade and Bound

Handmade and Bound at Watkins

When: Oct. 4-5

Watkins’ third annual handmade book and book art festival has something for everyone: Comics, graphic novels and zines for the punky among us, and artist-made blank books and limited-edition prints for the more refined crowd. Among the confirmed vendors are The Nashville Origami Club, Kelli Shay Hix, Courtney Adair Johnson, Todd Dill, and The Nashville Sketchbook Collective, a group exhibit of artist sketchbooks that H&B has been accumulating for the past few months. The event is free, but bring your wallet — you’ll undoubtedly find something you’ll want to take home. For more info visit

— Laura Hutson

Handmade and Bound Book Festival 2013

28 Sep 2013 ⋅ by  ⋅ in ART SMARTFEATURED ⋅ Comments
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by Lisa Venegas | photography by Samantha Angel

Handmade & Bound Nashville, Vol. 3 is a celebration of artists’ books, zines, mini comics, and other independent publications and an educational opportunity for all ages. Part book convention, literary event, and art show, the free, family-friendly event also features bookmaking, hands-on activities, book-themed jewelry, handmade paper, and crafts.

The festival raises awareness for Watkins’ community education and college curriculum classes in printmaking and book arts and provides a space for artists to meet and sell their wares. Lisa Williams, Director of the Watkins Library, says, “People are very excited about making books. We’ll have binding tools, a mobile printing press, and demonstrations. The Nashville Origami Club will come and teach origami all day during the festival, and we have book artists who are going to teach how to make your own sketchbooks. We have many new and repeat vendors, lots of books you won’t find anywhere else, and affordable art.”IMG_5711

Rose Pink, a returning vendor, represents The Owl Farm, a DIY shop and venue. “I love the festival because it covers labor-intensive one-off artists’ books to made-in-a-single day zines. Making zines in class or as a project can help voice aspects of your life you don’t normally get to talk about and be a mode of external communication for introverts.”

New this year is The Sketchbook Collective gallery exhibition to run October 4–14 in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery at Watkins, featuring sketchbooks created during a series of workshops between Watkins Community Education and local community organizations. Artist’s sketchbooks have long been used to ignite creativity, store ideas, and document daily experiences. The festival is seeking submissions of original sketchbooks for the exhibition. The entry deadline is September 23.

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard. The opening reception of The Sketchbook Collective is on Friday, October 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. The festival is on Saturday, October 5, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information on vendor table registration and exhibition submissions or to volunteer, visit


  • What’s an artist’s book? An artist’s book is a work of art realized in a book-like format. They are usually one-of-a-kind creations or published in small editions, and can employ a form other than bound printed sheet.


  • What’s a zine?  A zine (pronounced “zeen,” as in “magazine”) is a self-published, small circulation, non-commercial booklet or magazine, usually produced by one person or a few individuals. Zines range from small photocopied booklets, to handwritten or handmade booklets, to magazine-like publications.

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film is a four-year baccalaureate college offering a studio-based curriculum for its Bachelor of Fine Arts degree programs in Film, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Interior Design and Photography, its Bachelor of Arts in Art, and its Certificate in Film. The faculty and staff are committed to a learning-centered environment that challenges students to engage the mind, train the eye and cultivate talent and skill into an active realization of creative potential.

Established in 1885 as a community-based learning institution, Watkins became a baccalaureate college in 1997, and it continues to shape and positively influence the cultural horizon and economy of our community through art, design and film instruction in an academic setting, as well as through the Community Education program for youth, teens and adults.  Watkins is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and by National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film receives funding from the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

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