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Craft a New Year: Bookbinding Workshop w/ Mary Sullivan

Presented by Tennessee State Museum and Tennessee Craft at Tennessee State Museum, Nashville TN

Jan 28 2023
Craft a New Year: Bookbinding Workshop w/ Mary Sullivan

Back by popular demand, the Tennessee State Museum’s “Craft a New Year: Learning Craft Workshop Series,” presented in Partnership with Tennessee Craft, returns in January 2023.

Back by popular demand, the Tennessee State Museum’s “Craft a New Year: Learning Craft Workshop Series,” presented in Partnership with Tennessee Craft, returns in January 2023 with classes in Cherokee basket/mat weaving, book making, weaving and clay. For four Saturdays in January, we’ll offer introductory classes in accessible and tradition craft mediums taught by some of the top artists and teachers in their fields. Each class is a one-day, seven-hour course designed to get you started in a particular Tennessee craft tradition. Think of it as an opportunity to learn something new … by learning something traditional. All skill levels are welcome, but classes are designed for beginning adults with little or no experience.

In this workshop, students will learn how to make the Standard Diary: a pocket-sized notebook used by the American working class during the turn of the 20th century. This popular portable stationery binding often featured a cloth or leather cover with a tucking enclosure, a pencil holder, an almanac, a pocket, and a calendar. These journals encouraged brief daily reflections and the collection of information such as addresses, phone numbers, tracking correspondences, cash receipts, and more. As a precursor to the modern day smartphone, this book was an ephemeral catch-all for every aspect of daily life for a full calendar year.

Mary Louise Sullivan is a bookbinder and printmaker who owns and operates Crowing Hens Bindery in Nashville, Tennessee. After earning a BA in Fine Art at Maryville College, Sullivan joined the ranks at Hatch Show Print as a designer and letterpress printer. There she was introduced to bookbinding, which led to her pursuing an MFA in Book Arts at the University of Iowa Center for the Book in Iowa City. She studied papermaking, fine press printing, bookbinding, and calligraphy. Afterwards, Sullivan moved back to her hometown of Nashville and founded Crowing Hens Bindery in 2014. She specializes in high-quality, hand-made stationery goods such as traditional stationery bookbinding, letterpress printed stationery, book jewelry, and decorative papers.


Course Fee:
Early Bird Discount: Save 20% by Purchasing by December 16!

Before December 16 at 5 p.m. CT: $95
After December 16 at 5 p.m. CT: $120

The course fee will go up to $120 after December 19 after 5 p.m. CT. The course fee is non-refundable. If you have any questions, please contact Morgan Byrn at

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  • Jan 28, 2023 at 09:00 am - 04:00 pm (Sat)
* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.


Tennessee State Museum

1000 Rosa L Parks Blvd., Nashville, TN 37208


Free parking is available in the parking lot which is located between the Museum and the Nashville Farmers’ Market. There is also free two-hour parking available along 6th and 7th Avenues. Because there are a limited number of these spots used by both Museum and Farmers' Market visitors, it is highly recommended that on the weekends, visitors seek alternate modes of transportation to visit the Museum. State of Tennessee parking lots are available Monday through Friday, after 5:30pm, or on weekends unless otherwise stated or reserved. Terms and conditions of use may vary according to the requested lot.

Health Check Update

The Event Organizer is requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test to attend this event.: No

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