by Lisa Venegas | photography by Samantha Angel

Handmade & Bound Nashville, Vol. 3 is a celebration of artists’ books, zines, mini comics, and other independent publications and an educational opportunity for all ages. Part book convention, literary event, and art show, the free, family-friendly event also features bookmaking, hands-on activities, book-themed jewelry, handmade paper, and crafts.

The festival raises awareness for Watkins’ community education and college curriculum classes in printmaking and book arts and provides a space for artists to meet and sell their wares. Lisa Williams, Director of the Watkins Library, says, “People are very excited about making books. We’ll have binding tools, a mobile printing press, and demonstrations. The Nashville Origami Club will come and teach origami all day during the festival, and we have book artists who are going to teach how to make your own sketchbooks. We have many new and repeat vendors, lots of books you won’t find anywhere else, and affordable art.”

Rose Pink, a returning vendor, represents The Owl Farm, a DIY shop and venue. “I love the festival because it covers labor-intensive one-off artists’ books to made-in-a-single day zines. Making zines in class or as a project can help voice aspects of your life you don’t normally get to talk about and be a mode of external communication for introverts.”

New this year is The Sketchbook Collective gallery exhibition to run October 4–14 in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery at Watkins, featuring sketchbooks created during a series of workshops between Watkins Community Education and local community organizations. Artist’s sketchbooks have long been used to ignite creativity, store ideas, and document daily experiences. The festival is seeking submissions of original sketchbooks for the exhibition. The entry deadline is September 23.

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard. The opening reception of The Sketchbook Collective is on Friday, October 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. The festival is on Saturday, October 5, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information on vendor table registration and exhibition submissions or to volunteer, visit www.handmadeboundnashville.com.

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