Stitches + Stories

September 30- October 14
Opening Reception: September 30
5:00pm – 7:00pm

Gallery will be open September 30 – October 14. Participants will be recognized at the exhibition’s opening reception on Friday, September 30, from 5 to 7 p.m., in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery. Then, join us on Saturday October 1, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the day long celebration of book, paper, printmaking and more!

The Brownlee O. Curry, Jr. Gallery space will feature prints, poems, and artist books created by local artists as well as books created through Stitches + Stories, a series of partnership workshops between Watkins Community Education and local community organizations. Stitches + Stories will showcase handmade books inspired by the healing power of art and storytelling. All workshops will take place in August and September of 2016.


Call to Artists

Handmade & Bound Nashville Gallery Exhibition, Stitches + Stories

We are accepting submissions for inclusion in our Stitches + Stories exhibition. Handmade & Bound Nashville is accepting work that will accompany artist books created during a series of collaborative workshops with various local community groups in Nashville. During these workshops participants will create an artist book filled with original poetry and collage artwork based on the inspired by the healing power of art and storytelling. Local book artists, writers, and artists are invited to submit their own pieces that tell their own stories or that encourage interaction from the viewer. Special consideration will be given to artists that incorporate fiber art into their creative practice.

For information about vendor registration for the Handmade + Bound Nashville festival, visit our Vendor Registration page.

Submission Guidelines

Work can be individual pieces or artists’ books or artwork based on memory, storytelling and healing. Handmade & Bound Nashville is a family friendly festival and we will have viewers of all ages interacting with work in the gallery. Works of art will be returned after the exhibition’s run.
To submit a work to the Stitches + Stories gallery exhibition, please send an image of your piece and a short artist statement to Watkins Community Education at with the subject line “Stitches + Stories Submission”.
*Handmade & Bound Nashville is a family friendly event. Submissions that contain violence or other adult subject matter will not be accepted.

The deadline for submissions is August 30. Artists will be notified of their inclusion on a case by case basis.

Accepted artists must then send their artwork to Watkins College of Art, Design & Film by Friday, September 23.

attn: Handmade & Bound Nashville
Watkins Community Education
2298 Rosa Parks Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37228
Please include artist name, telephone number, email address and return address.

Okay then, what is 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. An artist’s book is a medium of artistic expression that uses the form or function of “book” as inspiration. It is the artistic initiative seen in the illustration, choice of materials, creation process, layout and design that makes it an art object. A book that only contains text is simply a book; even if authored by an artist, it would be a book that belongs in a book store or the shelves of a library. What truly makes an artist’s book is the artist’s intent, and artists have used the book as inspiration in a myriad of ways and techniques, from traditional to the experimental. The book could be made through fine press printing or hand-crafted, the pages illustrated with computer-generated images or cheap photocopies; books became sculptures, tiny and gargantuan; books were sliced up and reconfigured, made from all kinds of materials with unconventional objects incorporated, in unique or limited editions, or produced in multiple copies. With all sorts of ideas behind them, artists continue to challenge the idea, content and structure of the traditional book. Artist Book    artist book

Find out more about artist books here.

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