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Nashville, Tennessee 37211

Crowing Hens Bindery is a one-woman bindery and letterpress print shop that specializes in traditional handmade blank books, letterpress printed stationery, limited edition fine art prints, unique book jewelry & letterpress-printed decorative papers. As the owner of a Nashville-based private business, I do my best to honor the heritage of fine craft and art that saturates my community and region. All of my products are designed and made by hand in Nashville, Tennessee from high quality materials available using traditional bookbinding techniques. I aspire to create beautiful, useful work that becomes a part of your everyday life.

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January 6-March 1, 2017: "HATCH-ed"

HATCH-ed Print Show at the Belcourt Theatre brings together print works from former Hatch Show Print designers and printers Jim Sherraden, Julie Sola of Fat Crow Press, Mary Louise Sullivan of Crowing Hens Bindery, and Bryce McCloud of Isle of Printing. Jason Brown is the guest curator of HATCH-ed. 

A reception and featured lecture by Jim Sherraden will be announced soon. All works are for sale.

The show is featured on the 2nd floor of the newly renovated Belcourt Theatre in Hillsboro Village. 2102 Belcourt Avenue
Nashville, TN 37212

For more information about the featured artists and their works, visit: http://www.belcourt.org/about/gallery and be sure to check out current featured films and showtime listings and make a night of it! A wonderful writeup in the Nashville Arts Magazine also discusses the significance of the work of the selected artists.

MAY 2, 2015: SUMINAGASHI AND BOOKBINDING WORKSHOPS AT SAWTOOTH PRINT SHOP

To kick off the month of May I will be exhibiting work at Sawtooth Printshop, a full service letterpress print shop in East Nashville run by two Hatch Show Print alumni Nieves Uhl and Chris Cheney. In conjunction with my show, "Print, Paint, Fold, Bind" I'll also be teaching two workshops on Saturday May 2nd. The morning workshop will cover Suminagashi (Japanese paper marbling) and the afternoon workshop will be an introduction to bookbinding where we will explore two non-adhesive binding structures. Sign up for one workshop for $60 or both for a discounted rate of $110. Materials and tools will be provided. No experience is necessary. Spots are limited so reserve yours today!

Register for the Suminagashi workshop or the  Intro to Bookbinding workshop. If you are interested in taking advantage of both workshops, be sure to purchase both tickets.

March 2015: Sullivan is March artist-in-residence at Maryville College

In March of this year I was invited to be the artist-in-residence at my alma mater, Maryville College in Maryville, TN. Over the course of a week I lectured, gave interviews, and taught workshops in bookbinding and letterpress printing on an antique press that was donated to the college a few years ago. I also showed my current collection of products and prototypes during the month of March at the Clayton Center for the Arts Blackberry Farm Gallery.

Check out the College's rare Kelsey Excelsior press!

 

Gallery goers were encouraged to handle my books at my show "New Work by Crowing Hens Bindery" during the month of March. Photo credit: Maryville College Division of Fine Arts.

Gallery goers were encouraged to handle my books at my show "New Work by Crowing Hens Bindery" during the month of March. Photo credit: Maryville College Division of Fine Arts.

November 2014: Bookbinding workshops at 2014 Hamilton Wayzgoose

This November, the historic Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum in Two Rivers, WI will host their greatly anticipated annual Wayzgoose Type Conference for letterpress printers, typographers, bookbinders, and artists from around the world. This year is special because the conference will be hosted for the first time in their new location since the big move last year. Each year, the folks at Hamilton schedule workshops, lectures, and panels, including one that focuses on Book Arts. I was fortunate to have been asked be the "bookbinding ambassador" and teach two bookbinding workshops during the conference. I'm also excited because I'll be attending Wayzgoose for the first time, I can't wait! 

Spaces are limited, so reserve your spot today!

Nearly 30 students attended my workshop: "Binding on a Dime" a class focused on how to start bookbinding in a printshop setting with little investment.

Nearly 30 students attended my workshop: "Binding on a Dime" a class focused on how to start bookbinding in a printshop setting with little investment.

October 2014: Art by two MC alumni on display at Clayton Center

In honor of this year's Homecoming festivities at Maryville College, I was invited to show some of my current work at the Clayton Center for the Arts Blackberry Farm Gallery alongside '04 Fine Arts alumna, Erica Beck of Stag & Lucia. My show, "Works in Progress and Production" contained prototypes, linoleum blocks, and decorative papers from my MFA thesis show as well as newer prototypes and products that are for sale online.

Decorative papers and prototypes from my MFA thesis on display at the Clayton Center for the Arts Blackberry Farm Gallery in October, 2014. 

Decorative papers and prototypes from my MFA thesis on display at the Clayton Center for the Arts Blackberry Farm Gallery in October, 2014. 

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