Vendor registration open for book arts marketplace through Sept. 23
The third annual edition of Handmade & Bound Nashville, a celebration of artists’ books, zines, mini-comics and other independent publications, will unfold Friday, October 4, and Saturday, October 5, at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film. Part book convention, part literary event and part art show, the free, family-friendly event, presented by the Watkins Library and the Community Education department, will feature demonstrations of techniques and crafts and dozens of vendors and distributors in addition to a gallery exhibition.
“Through Handmade & Bound Nashville, we are thrilled by the response to the event and the opportunity to expose unique artisans to a community that may not be aware of them,” said Lisa Williams, director of the Watkins Library. “We’re proud of our emphasis on affordable; the community can snap up affordable art, take free workshops, and see many artists at work in our ongoing demos. And, in keeping with Watkins long history as an arts center, the festival has been the setting for many artist connections, which have developed into inspiration and collaborations.”
On Friday, October 4, the festival’s exhibition, The Sketchbook Collective, will open in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m.
The show takes its name from a series of partnership workshops between Watkins Community Education and local community organizations. The goal of the Sketchbook Collective is to invite members of local and underserved communities to participate in the city’s creative landscape. Sketchbooks, defined as a bound set of blank pages often used for spontaneous, quick drawings or notes, have long been used as a way for artists to ignite their creativity and store innovative ideas. Like the people who use them, sketchbooks come in a multitude of shapes, colors and sizes, and are an intimate glance into the mind of their owner. They can document the experiences of everyday lives or contain unique ideas created by endless imaginations. The lack of rules or an expected “look” or outcome creates an unintimidating atmosphere that is perfect for developing artists.
Local artists’ sketchbooks as well as those created through the Sketchbook Collective will be on view in the Currey Gallery through October 14.
The Sketchbook Collective is funded in part by a MetroArts ArtsAccess Grant.
On Saturday, October 5, 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.
Marketplace tables are available to creators of artists’ books or other printed media; independent publishers of zines, mini-comics, chapbooks, etc.; small distributors on zines and other printed media; and producers of book arts, handmade journals, and one-of-a-kind book objects. 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.
Marketplace reservation deadline is September 23.
For vendor registration and more information, visit handmadeboundnashville.com.
HOORAY FOR H&BN!
Kind Words about the festival
The Handmade & Bound festival is an official, registered event of Artober Nashville, 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 (NowPlayingNashville.com).
Handmade & Bound Nashville, Vol. 3 is presented by the librarians and staff of Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, the Watkins Community Education department, and local librarians and book artists.
Watkins is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard in Metro Center; free parking is available in the campus lot.
- 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.
photo by Christina Young