Born in 2010, Handmade & Bound Nashville is a celebration of artists’ books, zines, comics, graphic novels, printmaking and and more. While the gallery show will feature artists’ books made in local community centers, the library’s exhibit will be Zines. Our call for zines in 2012 was magnificent. Answering the call for zines in all formats and all subjects, our show introduced the world of Zines to the Nashville community. Zine-O-Rama No.2 will do the same. Send us your zines: personal zines, cookzines, fanzines, artiness, cut and pate, comics, minis, mental health. We will display your zine wether it’s stapled or tied, screen printed or Xeroxed. If you’d like to be in the exhibit and then added to the library’s collection, send your zine by September 26 to: Lisa Williams, Library Director Watkins College of Art Design, & Film Library 2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. Nashville, TN 37228. An artist statement or bio to exhibit would be great, but not required. If you would just like to be in the Zine-O-Rama exhibit and would like your Zine back please contact lwilliams@watkins.edu. If you would like to be a vendor, the deadline for registration is September 22nd. You can find all of the information you need on being a vendor here.    


What's a zine? A Zine 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.Zines are written in a variety of formats, from desktop published text to comics to handwritten text  Print remains the most popular zine format, usually photocopied with a small circulation. Topics covered are broad, including fanfiction, politics, art and design, ephemera, personal journals, social theory, riot grrrl and intersectional feminism, single topic obsession, or sexual content far enough outside of the mainstream to be prohibitive of inclusion in more traditional media. The time and materials necessary to create a zine are seldom matched by revenue from sale of zines. Learn more Make your own…

Why zines?

Zines make the underground publishing world go round. It’s about form, content and the distribution of ideas in a non-corporate medium.


Handmade & Bound Nashville 2014 is presented by the librarians and staff of Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, and the Watkins Community Education department.

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