Handmade & Bound Nashville

Handmade&BoundHandmade & Bound Nashville is a festival celebrating independent publications and printed matter, featuring artists’ books, zines, mini-comics and prints. This is an event for publishers and artists (as well as zine distros) to come together to sell and/or trade their handmade and affordable publications and creations. Admission is free and open for all ages.

Make sure to check out the Handmade & Bound Nashville blog and Facebook page to stay updated on all festival news! Handmade & Bound, Issue No. 5 will be held October 3, 2015. The Brownlee O. Curry, Jr. Gallery space will feature local artists’ poems, prints and art books as well as books created through Bound Together, a series of partnership workshops between Watkins Community Education and local community organizations like: The Looby Community Center, Casa Azafran, FiftyForward Bordeaux, Oasis Center, and Catholic Charities Elder Refugees. Bound Together showcases handmade books inspired by the many definitions of family: those you’re born in, those you create and those who simply find you. All workshops will take place in August and September of 2015. If you are interested in getting involved, please email Watkins Community Education at [email protected]

Call for Artists

We are accepting submissions for inclusion in our Bound Together exhibition. A bulk of the artwork will be created during a series of collaborative workshops with various local groups in which participants will create an artist book filled with original poetry and collage artwork based on the concept of family and its many interpretations. Local book artists, writers, and other artists are invited to submit their own artwork to highlight the importance of these artistic forms in a creative life. Work can be individual pieces or artists’ books or artwork based on family (interpretation is very open). All participants will be honored in the exhibition opening and reception on October 2, 5:00pm-7:00pm.  Works of art will be returned after the exhibition’s run.

Interested parties must submit their artwork by September 21 to the following address: Watkins Community Education 2298 Rosa Parks Blvd. Nashville, TN 37228 Please include artist name, telephone number, email address and return address.

Questions? Call or email Watkins Community Education, at
(615) 383-4848 or [email protected].

Bound Together is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Handmade & Bound Nashville is hosted by Watkins Community Education and the Watkins Library and is funded in part by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.