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Poetry & Prints

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.

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“Whan that aprill”

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

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It’s like a taco truck

The Sketchbook Project, yet another export from the burgeoning cultural mecca of Brooklyn, makes an appearance August 27. 2013 noon to 6 PM, in the parking lot of Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard, Nashville, Tennessee.  The Sketchbook Project is a crowd-sourced art project and interactive traveling exhibition of  handmade books.  Their mission is to allow anyone to be able to participate in art, especially those who say they are not artists, by creating a personal sketchbook illustrating their own inspirations and creative processes.  sketchbookproject

The mobile library of the Sketchbook Project is like a taco truck with sketchbooks, taking examples from the over 27,000 in the project’s collection out into communities across the country.   Come by Watkins College of Art, Design & Film 12 noon to 6 PM to make a sketchbook, view a sketchbook from the collection and join the Sketchbook Project community.

Don’t forget the Sketchbook Collective project and exhibition coming up as part of Handmade & Bound Nashville.  Check it out.

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“Familiar Relics” is here

The pleasure of your company is requested at the opening and reception for Familiar Relics, 6:30-8:30,  Brownlee O.  Currey, Jr.  Gallery, Watkins College of  Art, Design & Film, 2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN.

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jump jive is alive

Balancing the cool heat of Familiar Relics will be the sweltering cool of Eight O’ Five Jive playing to beat the band at the opening reception on October 5, 6:30-8:30, in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard, Nashville. Take a listen, then, come take a look.

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Vendors for H&BN vol. 2

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.

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King-Cat or cat king?

John Porcellino

John Porcellino is bringing King-Cat and his catalog of mini-comics, comics, and graphic novels to Handmade & Bound Nashville. His celebrated self-published series King-Cat Comics, begun in 1989, has inspired a generation of cartoonists. Diary of a Mosquito Abatement Man, a collection of King-Cat stories about Porcellino’s experiences as a pest control worker, won an Ignatz Award in 2005, and Perfect Example, first published in 2000, chronicles his struggles with depression as a teenager.  King-Cat Classix and Map of My Heart, published in 2007/2009, offer a comprehensive overview of the zine’s first sixty-one issues, while Thoreau at Walden (2008) is a poetic expression of the great philosopher’s experience and ideals. According to cartoonist Chris Ware, “John Porcellino’s comics distill, in just a few lines and words, the feeling of simply being alive.” Come see for yourself, October 6, 2012 at Handmade & Bound Nashville, vol. 2

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Support your local bookmaker

Esther’s Diary- S.S. Atlantic March 25, 1952
by Claudia Lee

The list of vendors for handmade books, book arts, and book related products coming to Handmade & Bound Nashville v. 2 continues to grow.  Whether returning friends like Claudia Lee from Liberty Paper Mill or fresh acquaintances like Thistle Farms with their fine handmade products, there will be a variety of affordable book art pieces, book crafts, paper and book making supplies, and lots of goodies that those who love books will love.

Check out our Vendors page for details on how to reserve space to sell your book wares.  There is space still available including, weather permitting, tables outside and inside.

Join us on October 6 for demonstrations, food, and a celebration of all things bookish, Handmade & Bound Nashville v.2.

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Build a world of books

Miler Lagos- “Pie de Amigo” (photo courtesy of IntoForm)

Join local book artists and book enthusiasts on October 4, 2012 for Handmade & Bound Nashville’s premier community book sculpture project. Volunteers needed to sort books, participate in the construction of the sculpture {power tool tutorial available} or just cheer on us busy worker bees as we build a spiral staircase filled with book people. You can’t build a wall without bricks and we need bricks, in this case hard back books seeking a new life as art objects. Bring your donation of hard bound books to Watkins College of Art, Design and Film Library, 2298 Rosa Park Blvd, Nashville, Tennessee. The sculpture will remain on display at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film throughout the month of October. This is your opportunity to participate in a public work of art! This is a walk up event, come by anytime during the day.

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Are those books?

"Merck's Manual" by Elizabeth M. Claffey

Portland, Oregon’s 23 Sandy Gallery is celebrating Portland Photo Month with Interplay: Photographers Focus on the Book, an exhibit of artist books created by four photographers, Elizabeth M. Claffey, Lauren Henkin, Clifton Meador and Laura Russell.  The exhibit opens April 6 and features works using a range of techniques inculding, in the Gallery’s words, “fine bindings to altered books, to print on demand books and pop ups, this show is an exploration of the crossover between the art of photography and the art of the book. Each of the four artists use the book form to push beyond the two-dimensional limits of the photographic medium by melding their photos into art in the form of a book.”

"52" by Clifton Meador

These artists expand the concept of the book with explorations of content, form, process, and intention.  Whether in Claffey’s superimposition of photograph on type or Meador’s self-imposed limit of creating a book a week for a year, these works promise to deliver the visual, intellectual, tactile, and emotional experience that is a book.


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