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Make A Note for Fifth Annual Handmade & Bound on Oct. 2-3

Posted on: May 7th, 2015 by Caroline Davis

Exhibition & zine entries and marketplace vendor registration now open!

H&BN2013_6777 accordian card bldg front WwebThe fifth annual edition of Handmade & Bound Nashville (H&BN), a two-day celebration of print, paper and book, will unfold Friday, October 2, and Saturday, October 3, at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film. The free, family-friendly event–focused on unique and handcrafted book creations with elements of art fair and literary gathering–is presented by the Watkins Library and the Community Education department and features a gallery exhibition, zine collection, marketplace with dozens of vendors, and demos and hands-on activities.

HBN2014 9218 gallery viewers WwebOn Friday, October 2, the festival’s exhibition, Bound Together, will open in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m.

Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Bound Together will showcase handmade books of poetry and collage work inspired by the many definitions of family. The exhibition is the culmination of a series of summer community workshops, led by local book artists, writers and Watkins Community Education, with the Looby Community Center, Casa Azafran, FiftyForward Bordeaux, Oasis Center and Catholic Charities Elder Refugees. Participants will follow writing prompts to help them develop their own explanation of family and create artwork for their bound volumes.

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Additionally, local book artists, writers, and other artists are invited to submit their own individual pieces, artists’ books or artwork based on family for inclusion in Bound Together, which will be on view in the Currey Gallery through October 16.

NEA-color logo WwebThe work’s title/description, artist’s name, address, phone, email and occupation should be included with each piece and sent to Watkins Community Education, 2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville, TN 37228, Attn: Mary Beth Harding. Submissions deadline is September 22.

HBN2014 9443 Amaranthus pic WwebOn Saturday, October 3, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Watkins’ main academic building, artists, indie publishers and distributors, and book aficionados will come together to sell, trade and buy handmade and affordable publications, printed matter and book-themed creations at the book arts marketplace. The festival will also feature demonstrations and hands-on activities for children and adults, as well as food trucks.

VENDOR SIGN-UP: Vendor registration is open via  handmadeboundnashville.com, Handmade & Bound Nashville on Facebook, or by contacting the Watkins Library at 615.277.7427. Reservation deadline is September 22.

Marketplace tables are available to creators of artists’ books or other printed media; independent publishers of zines, mini-comics, chapbooks, etc.; small distributors of zines, graphic novels and other printed media; and producers of book arts, handmade journals, one-of-a-kind book objects, paper and book-themed jewelry, gifts and accessories, and sellers of book, art and printmaking materials.

HBN2014 9394 zine readers WwebConcurrently in the Watkins Library, H&BN will host Zine-O-Rama, a display of community-submitted zines in all formats and on all subjects. The first Zine-O-Rama in 2012 introduced the world of zines to the broader Nashville book world, and Watkins holds a substantial collection of personal zines, cookzines, fanzines, artiness, cut and paste, comics, minis, and mental health.

ZINE ENTRIES:  Zine submissions (work may be stapled or tied, screen printed or Xeroxed) plus optional artist statement/bio should be sent by September 22 to the Watkins Library, 2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228, Attn: Lisa Williams.

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The Handmade & Bound Nashville festival is an official, registered event of Artober, a broadly collaborative promotional initiative designed to highlight, inform and inspire the community’s participation in the wide range of arts activities offered in the Nashville area during the month of October.

Community Fdtn logoHandmade & Bound Nashville, 5th Edition is hosted by Watkins Community Education and the Watkins Library and is funded in part through the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Bound Together is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Additional sponsors include the Nashville Scene.

Watkins is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard in Metro Center; free parking is available in the campus lot. MTA’s Metro Center/Route 9 stops directly in front of Watkins (across from the Looby Center).

FAQ

HBN2014 suitcase display 9439 WwebWhat’s in the marketplace? Dozens of vendors with artists’ books, small press items like comics, mini-comics, graphic novels and zines, blank books, limited-edition prints, handmade paper, art supplies, literary journals, book flair, jewelry, ephemera packs, paper cut and letterpress cards and postcards – plus demos on bookbinding, paperfolding, printmaking, paper cuts and art-making activities for children. Vendors will be posted to handmadeboundnashville.com as they become available.

HBN2014 artist book cut out cover WwebWhat’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 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, to handwritten or handmade booklets, to magazine-like publications

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.

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John Porcellino, King-Cat

John Porcellino, King-Cat

in the gallery for “Poetry and Prints”

 

‘Handmade & Bound’ Returns to Watkins October 3-4

Posted on: September 24th, 2014 by Caroline Davis

Exhibition & zine entries and marketplace vendor registration now open!

H&BN2013_6777 accordian card bldg front Wweb The fourth annual edition of Handmade & Bound Nashville (H&BN), a two-day celebration of print, paper and book, will unfold Friday, October 3, and Saturday, October 4, at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film. The free, family-friendly event–part book convention, part literary event and part art show–is presented by the Watkins Library and the Community Education department and features a gallery exhibition, film screening, zine collection, marketplace with dozens of vendors and distributors, and demos and hands-on activities.

H&BN2013_6718 gallery viewers WwebOn Friday, October 3, the festival’s exhibition, Poetry and Prints, will open in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. The gallery show takes its name from a series of community workshops to be presented this summer by Watkins Community Education, with assistance from the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. The Poetry and Prints workshops, led by professional artists, poets and printmakers, will allow community members to produce handmade books inspired by the art of Wassily Kandinsky, one of the most influential artists of the 20th century and the subject of an upcoming retrospective at the Frist (Sept. 26-Jan. 2, 2015).

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Wassily Kandinksy, “Black Grid,” 1922

The H&BN exhibition, on view through October 17, will showcase handmade books created by workshop participants as well as those from local artists and creative professionals.

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Submissions of artists’ books with prints or poetry, or of individual poems and prints, will be accepted through September 22. The work’s title/description, artist’s name, address, phone, email and occupation should be included with each piece and sent to Watkins Community Education, 2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville, TN  37228, Attn: Mary Beth Harding.

Handmade and Bound: Poetry and Prints is funded in part by an Arts Access grant from the Metro Nashville Arts Commission. Root Hog or Die poster

PREMIERE SCREENING: Also on October 3, Watkins will welcome acclaimed zine author/publisher John Porcellino for the Nashville premiere of “Root Hog or Die,” a 2014 documentary about his life and work. Currently living in South Beloit, Illinois, the Chicago native has been writing, drawing, and publishing minicomics, comics and graphic novels for more than 25 years; his self-published series King-Cat Comics, begun in 1989, has inspired a generation of alternative comics creators.

With equal parts Thoreau and Hüsker Dü, Porcellino’s comics showcase the “moments between moments” which make up the majority of our lives, but which many fail to notice. The title phrase is John Porcellino’s personal motto in regards to creating King-Cat: the saying about self-reliance refers to the colonial practice of releasing hogs into the wild to fend for themselves or starve.

“Root Hog or Die” (90 min., dir. Dan Stafford) will screen at 7 p.m. in the Watkins Theater, followed by a Q&A with Porcellino. [See trailer here.]

In conjunction with Porcellino’s visit, H&BN is bringing back Zine-O-Rama, a display of community-submitted zines in all formatsH&BN2012 Zine_o_rama readers5625 Wweb and on all subjects. According to Library Director Lisa Williams, “Zines make the underground publishing world go round; they’re about form, content and the distribution of ideas in a non-corporate medium. Our first Zine-O-Rama in 2012 introduced the world of zines to the broader Nashville community and we are anxious to show off new zine discoveries: personal zines, cookzines, fanzines, artiness, cut and paste, comics, minis, mental health.”

ZINE ENTRIES: Zine submissions should be sent by September 26 to the Watkins Library, 2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228.

On Saturday, October 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., artists, indie publishers and distributors, and book aficionados will come together to sell, trade and buy handmade and affordable publications, printed matter and book-themed creations at the book arts marketplace. The day will also feature demonstrations and hands-on activities for children and adults, as well as food trucks.

VENDOR SIGN-UP: Vendor registration is currently open via the event website handmadeboundnashville.com, Handmade & Bound Nashville on Facebook, or by contacting the Watkins Library at 615.277.7427. Reservation deadline is September 22.

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Marketplace tables are available to creators of artists’ books or other printed media; independent publishers of zines, mini-comics, chapbooks, etc.; small distributors of zines and other printed media; and producers of book arts, handmade journals, one-of-a-kind book objects, paper and book-themed jewelry, gifts and accessories, and sellers of book, art and printmaking materials.

Check out our frequently updated 2014 vendor list here or see .pdf: H&B 2014 Vendors list ao 9.25.

Artober logo

The Handmade & Bound Nashville festival is an official, registered event of Artober, a broadly collaborative promotional initiative designed to highlight, inform and inspire the community’s participation in the wide range of arts activities offered in the Nashville area during the month of October.

SPONSORS: Handmade & Bound Nashville, Vol. 4 is hosted by the Library at Watkins and Watkins Community Education and is partially funded by the William N. Rollins Fund for the Arts through the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Additional sponsors include Jerry’s Artarama, Plaza Artists Materials and the Nashville Scene.

Watkins is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard in Metro Center; free parking is available in the campus lot.

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  • What’s in the marketplace? More than three dozen vendors with artists’ books, small press items like comics, mini-comics, graphic novels and zines, blank books, limited-edition prints, handmade paper, art supplies, literary journals, book flair, jewelry, ephemera packs, paper cut and letterpress cards and postcards – plus demos on bookbinding, paperfolding, printmaking, paper cuts and art-making activities for children. Participants will be posted in the “Our Vendors” section of handmadeboundnashville.com.
  • 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.
  • What’s a chapbook? Traditionally, a small pamphlet containing tales, ballads or tracts, sold by peddlers. It’s generally a small paperback booklet, typically containing poems or short fiction or narrative.

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New items

Posted on: April 2nd, 2014 by Library At Watkins

New in the Library:

Co-mix: A retrospective of comics, graphics and scraps by Art SpiegelmanCo-mix

When the Library of Congress catalogs your graphic novel in the history section (MAUS), you must be serious.  Co-mix reveals that Spiegelman is serious and silly.  The book rises out of an exhibition originated for the 2012  Festival International de la Bande Dessinee in Angouleme, France, the second largest comics festival in the world.  With work ranging from the parent-condemned Garbage Pail Kids bubble gum cards of the 1980’s to the genre inversion of Maus, the exhibit, and this book, displays Spiegelman’s twistedly familiar style work in its full range.  Well worth a trip to the Library.

 

BLU-RAY Mania

Posted on: March 25th, 2014 by Library At Watkins

Some classic and new films are available on blu-ray for the maximum viewing experience. Check the catalog and ask for them by name.  They are stored in our Special Collections vault.

Fine Art Seminar I and III Projects in the Library

Posted on: March 25th, 2014 by Library At Watkins

Patrick Deguira’s Seminar classes have used the library as inspiration for their projects. Come check out the videos, installations and put the jigsaw puzzle together. The installations will be in the library until April 2, 2014