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Call to Artists!

Call to Artists

Handmade & Bound Nashville Gallery Exhibition, Stitches + Stories
Exhibition Dates: September 30-October 14
Submission Deadline: August 30

We are accepting submissions for inclusion in our Stitches + Stories exhibition. Handmade & Bound Nashville is accepting work that will accompany artist books created during a series of collaborative workshops with various local community groups in Nashville. During these workshops participants will create an artist book filled with original poetry and collage artwork inspired by the healing power of art and storytelling. Local book artists, writers, and artists are invited to submit their own pieces that tell their own stories or that encourage interaction from the viewer. Special consideration will be given to artists that incorporate fiber art into their creative practice.

For information about vendor registration for the Handmade + Bound Nashville festival, visit our Vendor Registration page.

Submission Guidelines

Work can be individual pieces or artists’ books or artwork based on memory, storytelling and healing. Handmade & Bound Nashville is a family friendly festival and we will have viewers of all ages interacting with work in the gallery. Works of art will be returned after the exhibition’s run.
To submit a work to the Stitches + Stories gallery exhibition, please send an image of your piece and a short artist statement to Watkins Community Education at community@watkins.edu with the subject line “Stitches + Stories Submission”.
*Handmade & Bound Nashville is a family friendly event. Submissions that contain violence or other adult subject matter will not be accepted.

The deadline for submissions is August 30. Artists will be notified of their inclusion on a case by case basis.

Accepted artists must then send their artwork to Watkins College of Art, Design & Film by Friday, September 23.

attn: Handmade & Bound Nashville
Watkins Community Education
2298 Rosa Parks Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37228
Please include artist name, telephone number, email address and return address.

Handmade & Bound 5th edition was a success!

Thanks to everyone who participated in or came out to H&BN on October 3rd. It was such a fun day with so much great stuff to see and buy. Over 500 people came over to Watkins on Saturday making this our biggest H&B ever. See you next year. We need another book term for the 6th one. . . hmmm. volume?

Handmade & Bound is this Saturday Rain or Shine (we’re indoors)!

Have you marked your calendar? Handmade & Bound is this Friday evening and Saturday all day.

Check out our vendors page. With over 40 vendors, many new and many returning, there is something for everyone in this year’s marketplace.  We have our biggest group of zines and small presses yet.

Our cafe will be open and we will be entertained by Watkins own “Higby Flowers” trio. The weather might be rainy, so pass the day inside Watkins with us.

H&BN’s Artists’ Book Workshop at the Elder Refugee Center

See their work during the opening reception for our gallery show “Bound Together“.

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H&B Looby Workshop

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Vendor Spotlight: Becca Hillburn

Becca Hillburn is a comic artist and writer living in Nashville, TN. Author of watercolor children’s comic, 7” Kara (http://nattosoup.com/kara-c…), about an 11-year old lilliputian girl who gets into trouble when being introduced to humans for the first time. Her upcoming children’s novel, Gizmo Granny,  is about a grandmother exploring a fantasy world through magical technology. Her comics, mini-comics, commissions, blogs, charms, buttons, stickers, prints, panels, interviews, etc. can be found at her authorship site http://beccahillburn.com or her store site http://nattosoup.com.

Vendor Spotlight – Terry Joe Sledd (Cripple Creek Book Arts)

“Each of my books is unique even though I may follow the same procedure and they possess many of the same dimensions. Moments during the process will dictate a books own individuality. This gives them a story before any item is entered into the book.

The Coptic style binding I utilize in most of my creations is because of its beauty and usability. All the pages lie flat when open. Writing and drawing are much easier on a flat surface. Also being able to see the binding is always more appealing to my eyes.”

Handmade & Bound Nashville September 30-October 1st

Handmade & Bound Nashville coming Soon.

Demos, fabulous activities, food trucks and more await in October. Register as a vendor today, or submit a piece for our gallery exhibition!

 The deadline is August 30th but don’t wait. Click Here to Learn More  about our vendors!_MG_9991

2016 Vendor registration

H&BN is a celebration of all things book. It’s also a sort of trade show and marketplace, a place where vendors can connect with readers, fans, hobbyists and other vendors. We welcome makers of books, blank books, book objects, book jewelry, comics, mini-comics and zines, as well as sellers of book and printed materials. Printmakers of all types are also welcome! Check out the About the H&BN Vendor Registration page to find information about signing up for a table, or tables, to show off and sell your bookish products.

Deadline for vendor registration has been extended to September 9, 2016.

Vendors for H&BN vol. 2

Our list of Vendors just keeps growing. With participants ranging from EraBellum, an artisan co-op freshly opened September 1, through bookstores like East Side Story, community projects like Chicago’s North Branch Projects to the book artists of Brown Dog Bindery and Linenlaid & felt, we cover the range of things bookish.  Check out the whole list through the link on our Vendors page.  Even better reserve a table and join us at Handmade&Bound Nashville, October 6 in Nashville.