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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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H&BN 3rd Edition

Handmade & Bound Nashville 3rd Edition starts Friday, October 4, with the Sketchbook Collective in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Galler915am100612y.  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, courOT_Logo_Webtesy 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.

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Sketchbook mania

The Sketchbook Collective community workshops are in full swing here in the Handmade & Bound neighborhood.  As of last week, we successfully completed two Sketchbook Collective workshops serving almost 30 participants at Crestview Health and Rehabilitation and the Looby Center. Participants and teachers alike have been enjoying the creative, hands-on activities as well as the opportunity to meet new people.  Workshops are coming soon to Oasis Center, Casa Azafran, and FiftyForward Bordeaux.IMG_9136

Join the Handmade & Bound Nashville creative community by submitting your sketchbook for the Sketchbook Collective Exhibition which opens October 4  as part of this year’s Handmade & Bound Nashville  festival and runs through October 14 in the Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Gallery at  Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard, Nashville, Tennessee.  Check out the Sketchbook Collective tab above for details and submit your sketchbook before September 23, 2013.

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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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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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“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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Can’t live by books alone

Of course you can’t live by books alone. That is why The Grilled Cheeserie, The Coffee Truck and Blue Monkey Shaved Ice are joining in at Handmade & Bound Nashville on Saturday October 6 at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film.  The warm feeling you got when your mother made you a grilled cheese sandwich on Bunny Bread with American cheese product and a mug of fresh-out-of-the-can tomato soup can’t compete with the lava flow of flavor from a Croque Madame sandwich, gruyere, rosemary ham, and a fried egg on rosemary garlic bread and a bowl of chef-made tomato soup passed through the window of The Grilled Cheeserie.  Ask for extra truffle mustard, I do.  So, come perk up with the Costa Rican ambrosia from The Coffee Truck, create a new warm memory with The Grilled Cheeserie, then chill and turn your tongue a new brighter color at Blue Monkey Shaved Ice.

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Last year

Scenes from Handmade & Bound Nashville 2011 photos by Christina Young

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Nervous Nelly

You are already so tuned in that you know you want a copy of Riot Grrl Revival or Loudmouth or Scatterbrain or, maybe The Rations’ For Victory EP. You just don’t know where to find it.

Brian Thompson

Try Nervous Nelly.  Find Nervous Nelly at Handmade & Bound Nashville on October 6. Brian Thompson and Kale Edmiston of Nervous Nelly will share their small treasures and demonstrate the art, craft, and personal expression of the zine.

Join Nervous Nelly and 25 plus other book artists, zinesters, small presses, and bookies of every stripe for Handmade & Bound Nashville, Watkins College of Art, Design and Film, 2298 Rosa Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228, 11am-4pm.

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