Words of Praise for Handmade & Bound Nashville
Chapter16.org preview: “Handmade & Bound, a book-arts festival at Watkins College, kicks off a new tradition in Nashville”
September 29, 2011
…This is the most exciting season for books that Nashville has seen in some time, and Watkins College is adding to the excitement with Handmade & Bound Nashville…Part artisan festival and part literary convention, Handmade puts the emphasis on small presses, do-it-yourselfers, and one-of-a-kind publications designed to remind readers of the pleasure of feeling real pages against their fingertips.
Nashville Scene/NashvilleScene.com “Pick of the Day”
September 30, 2011
NashvilleScene.com, “Pith in the Wind” column
October 3, 2011
Let me just say that, when Pith gives you a pick of the day, Pith is not kidding!
I went over to Handmade & Bound at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film and it was amazing. Seriously, amazing seems like too small a word…In conjunction with Handmade & Bound, Watkins is also hosting [an artists’ books] exhibit…and I highly recommend getting over to Watkins to see it. The books as art pieces are stunning…All in all, it was really cool and a great complement to Southern Festival of Books and an excellent component of Mayor Dean’s Artober initiative.
October 4, 2011
A showcase of book arts, zinesters, and small press, [Handmade & Bound] gave the community a hands-on peek into the world of indie publishing: visitors were encouraged to make paper with Watkins’ own Annie Herlocker, print your own tote with Goldsmith Press, ask questions during book demonstrations with both Gilded Leaf and Brown Dog Bindery, and participate in a number of workshops and educational talks about a whole range of topics.
photos by Christina Young
October 6, 2011
I’m still thinking about the Handmade & Bound event in Nashville, TN last Saturday! The vendor booths, exhibits, workshops, and especially the talented artists I met made it a truly memorable experience.
When [my “Findings and Bindings”] class was finished, we explored the event venue at Watkins College of Art, Design, & Film. What an inspiring place! We saw…amazing handcrafted books at the Encoded Structures exhibition. We browsed and shopped and met lots of wonderful people at the vendor booths… and topped off our day with scrumptuous Mongolian tacos from the Happy Japan food truck. Yum! I’m already dreaming about attending again next year!
October 6, 2011
[Handmade & Bound Nashville] was a super-fun event featuring bookmakers, zinesters, and independent publishers. I had a great time sharing my book and making finger puppets with kiddos throughout the day– and it was totally inspiring to see all of the beautiful handmade books people had on display. Thanks to Watkins College of Art, Design & Film for putting on such a smooth-running event!
John Porcellino of King-Cat Comics
October 21, 2011
…[My f]irst stop was the Handmade & Bound Festival at Watkins College of Art, Design, and Film. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but part of the fun is bringing comics to people who may not be expecting them. The Festival was a melange of zinesters, handmade book artists, poets, craftspeople, and me. It was great. Everyone was super nice, and people were very happy to see all the comics I’d brought along. The day went by quickly, and I headed out into the Nashville twilight feeling good.
“Where to start with Artober Nashville’s must-see events”
September 27, 2012
“Visual Arts Best Bet”
September 30, 2012
“In its second year, Handmade & Bound is still a DIYer’s dream”
October 3, 2012
Nashville Hearts column, Examiner.com
October 4, 2012
Honestly, [Handmade & Bound] is the THE BEST festival around town other than the Tomato Arts Fest in my humble opinion…What could be better than a bunch of book art and book art artists meeting in one place to visit and talk with and buy from for FREE?!
October 7, 2012
I cannot even begin to tell you how much fun I had at the Handmade & Bound show. Not only was it one of my best shows, there were so many amazing people there! And the customers were THE BEST! …We were among our people + we spoke the same language.
…Nashville’s national hit success, the Handmade and Bound festival, returned for a second year of showcasing independent publishing, zine culture, and artist’s books…Vendors, comic distributors, and local presses were on site to inform visitors of the vibrna book culture here in the South.