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Handmade & Bound Nashville, 6th Edition

Presented by Watkins College of Art at Belmont University at Watkins College of Art, Nashville TN

Sep 30 2016
Oct 01 2016
Handmade & Bound Nashville, 6th Edition

The Sixth annual Handmade & Bound arts festival celebrates all things print, paper and book with gallery show, marketplace and activities for whole family.

The sixth annual edition of Handmade & Bound Nashville (H&BN) is a two-day celebration of print, paper and book. Free and family-friendly, the event focuses on unique and handcrafted book creations and features an interactive gallery exhibition and marketplace with dozens of vendors.

Deadline for gallery show submissions and marketplace vendor registration is August 30. Complete exhibition and festival information is available at

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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. Guidelines for submissions by August 30 are here.

On 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.

Deadline is August 30 for vendor registration.

Handmade & 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. H&BN is an Artober event.



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