Jennifer Knowles was introduced to bookbinding in 2000, when she took a special topic course in Book Arts. The combination of writing, painting, sewing and tactile materials was seductive, re-awakening a childhood filled with cross-stitch, crochet, reading and watercolor. She has since studied with and assisted book artists from all over the United States.
She is a member of the American Craft Council; the College Book Arts Association; the Tennessee Book Arts Guild and the Tennessee Association of Craft Artists. Jennifer serves as Vice President of Platetone Printmaking, Paper & Book Arts. She was awarded the Tennessee Arts Commission and Tennessee Association of Craft Artists Master Artist and Apprentice Grant for 2012 as well as the Samuel Watkins Award for Excellence in 2009.
She is a community planner; conceiving of and organizing events such as the Handmade & Bound Festival, the Nashville Print Crawl, and other collaborative events between local arts organizations. She teaches Book Arts and Photography at colleges and universities, leads workshops and guest lectures throughout the southeastern United States. Her work is exhibited and collected internationally. Jennifer founded Brown Dog Bindery, named for her Australian Shepherd Nollie, in 2010.
Brian Larimer is a self-taught wood worker and sculptor from Nashville, Tennessee. He has assisted internationally recognized sculptors with builds and his own works are commissioned by some of Nashville’s biggest names in art and music. Larimer is the Preparator for The Arts Company, one of Nashville’s largest galleries, as well as a musician and songwriter in his own right.
The New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art is an outreach partner of the University of Southern Indiana. The gallery is located at 506 Main Street in New Harmony, Indiana. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call 812/682-3156