By Megan Kelley
Tomato Fest visitors beneath our bright red awning – the new community-focused space at 947 Woodland Street combines the creative efforts and unique approaches of three groups: Platetone Printmaking, Paper and Book Arts; Turnip Green Creative Reuse; and Make Nashville. As a member of both Platetone and Make Nashville, and as a frequent visitor to Turnip Green, I’m delighted to see the three nonprofit groups working under one cooperative roof.With a public opening by August – just time to invite
With over twelve years of community engagement and fine art practice, Platetone hosts space for artists from areas of printmaking, paper, and book arts, as well fostering the common “and” between the mediums. Their members include professionals and students, from backgrounds as diverse as law, architecture, the arts, and education, and whose talents lie not only in the traditional three genres but also in textile work, photography, electronics, sculpture, and more. First and foremost, Platetone provides studio space and exhibition opportunities for working artists with a variety of printing presses, letterpresses, and silkscreen. However, their educational workshops, hands-on demos, and involvement in events such as the Print Revival and the Print Crawl provide countless other ways of sharing the power of print to the general public.Turnip Green Creative Reuse fosters creativity and sustainability through a mission of repurposing and reconsidering materials otherwise deemed garbage or junk. Donated by community members, institutions, and organizations, the materials at Turnip Green – everything from fabric, art supplies, interior decorating samples, tiles, glassware, and antiques – provide a vibrant and unique canvas for artists of all mediums to experiment and explore. For six years, Turnip Green has regularly partnered with schools, educators, businesses, and artists, and their Artist Marketplace and Green Gallery showcases work made from the very materials they provide. With the exception of their artisan items, visitors purchase on a donation basis, so that everyone has the ability to access supplies.
As a network of fabricators, designers, engineers, and artists, Make Nashville encourages DIY empowerment through education, collaboration, and access. The community-focused makerspace provides equipment training, access, and learning opportunities on a monthly membership basis, with areas of 3-D printing, CNC routing, robotics, woodworking, wearables, and more as members choose to explore new mediums. As a creative space, the MakeNashville makerspace encourages experimentation and discovery, and as an organization with four years service as an umbrella to various maker disciplines in Middle Tennessee, their members engage their community through events like the Nashville Maker Faire and countless workshops, and through projects such as Power Wheels Racers, the Full Scale Millennium Falcon, Stop Motion Go Team, and a giant geodesic Projection-Mapping Dom
Working together to create programming, the three groups form a strong basis for an intentional creative hub within the heart of East Nashville, and we’re excited to invite you into our doors, and into discovery.
Thanks again for thinking of me, and feel free to reach out with any questions, suggestions, or comments!
Make Nashville: http://makenashville.org/
Turnip Green Creative Reuse: http://turnipgreencreativereuse.org/
Platetone Printmaking, Paper and Book Arts: https://www.facebook.com/Platetone