Student Spotlight | Meet the Light of our Workshop: Evan

By: Peyton Scott

Meet Evan!

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Ball State University, Department of English sophomore, Evan, is in his first semester with Book Arts Collaborative. He is an English major pursuing minors in German and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) with a concentration in creative writing.

Evan is a native from Pendleton, Indiana. While he attended Pendleton Heights High School, he was active on his show, "A Walk After Dark" on WEEM-FM (91.7 FM). WEEM- FM is an award-winning, student run high school radio station.

Since the summer of 2017, Evan started volunteering at the Pendleton Fire Department as an EMT. This summer, Pendleton suffered a series of tornadoes with devastating effects. He assisted in organizing the evacuation efforts.  

Outside of the workshop and the fire department, Evan enjoys reading books, writing music, and creating musical instruments. According to Evan, he specializes in ‘being a cool dude’.

Evan first learned about Book Arts Collaborative through an email from the English Department. Known around the workshop for his cheerful demeanor and positive attitude, Evan enjoys what he is doing. “I like the technical aspects of printing. I think it is really fun to set type and work with a printing press.” said Evan.

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For anyone considering the class, he believes anyone can benefit from working with Book Arts Collaborative. The class is unique and designed for more than just English students. Outside from educational benefits, students can learn a fun and useful hobby.  Evan’s favorite project, so far, is the Belgian binding technique, now his favorite binding type.

As any English student would, Evan wanted to share the following quote: “"If you care about something, you have to protect it. If you’re lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it." - Owen, "A Prayer for Owen Meany" by John Irving.

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This piece was written by Book Arts Collaborative Press 2019 Artist Book Author. The Book Arts Collaborative is dedicated to preserving and promoting the apprentice-taught skills of letterpress printing and book binding through community interaction. It's not just what we make that matters, but how we learn from one another to make it happen.

Rai Peterson