Tag Archives: Watkins College of Art Design and Film

“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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“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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Zine-O-Rama is a glimpse into the world of zines (rhymes with beans).  Zinesters from Antioch, TN, to Italy have contributed their creations to this exhibition which illustrates the wide range of techniques and subjects that typify this very personal form of publishing. The addition of a few librarian selected zines from as far away as Australia and Malaysia, ensures examples showcasing art, photography, vegan cooking, politics, fiction, lots of comics, and more in a variety of shapes, sizes, and bindings.  Zine-O-Rama is on display during regular library hours October 4 through October 31 in the Library at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, 2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville, TN 37228.

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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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