Sixth Edition of Handmade & Bound Unfolds Sept. 30-Oct. 1

June 21, 2016

Watkins presents the sixth annual edition of Handmade & Bound Nashville (H&BN), a two-day celebration of print, paper and book, on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1. Free and family-friendly, H&BN focuses on handcrafted and affordable book creations and features an interactive gallery exhibition and marketplace with dozens of vendors.

The Nashville Scene described this unique gathering as “one of the most eagerly awaited art events of a season that’s packed to the gills with good stuff. By combining literary and artistic elements with highbrow and lowbrow techniques, [H&BN] has something for everybody…Bring your wallet — this is the perfect place to buy something weird and unique for your favorite hard-to-please friend, and you’ll probably want to take something home with you, as well.”

H&B_2016_SaveTheDate poster WwebComplete exhibition and festival information is available at handmadeboundnashville.com. Deadline for gallery show submissions and marketplace vendor registration is August 30.

9/30/16: Gallery Exhibition Opening Reception
On Friday, September 30, the festival’s exhibition, Stitches + Stories, opens in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m.

Stitches + Stories will showcase handmade books of poetry and collage work inspired by the healing power of art, memory and storytelling. The exhibition is the culmination of a series of collaborative workshops with various local community groups and will remain on display through October 14.

Call for Artists: Nashville artists are invited to submit work that fits the theme of Stitches + Stories. Special consideration will be given to artists who incorporate fiber art and/or personal essay into their creative practice. Submission details, with August 30 deadline, here.

10/1/16 Handmade & Bound Nashville Festival

H&B2015 9448 Terry Sledd WwebOn Saturday, October 1, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Watkins’ main academic building, artists and indie publishers will sell, trade and buy handmade and affordable publications, printed matter and book-themed creations at the book arts market-place. Vendors will also lead demonstrations and hands-on activities for children and adults.

Call for Vendors: 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.

Register for a table in the marketplace by August 30 here.

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

H&B2015 9269 reader WwebHandmade & Bound Nashville, 6th Edition is hosted by Watkins Community Education and the Watkins Library and funded in part by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Watkins receives funding from the Metro Nashville Arts Commission and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

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