Thanks to Graphic Design student Zie Campbell for creating the H&BN3 poster!
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 flea-market 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.
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 project will be on view in the Currey Gallery through October 14.
The Sketchbook Collective is funded in part by a Metro Arts 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.
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.