Casebook Binding Workshop
Nov
13
6:00 PM18:00

Casebook Binding Workshop

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We at Book Arts Collaborative call casebooks “the bookiest of books”! Simply put: it is every hard-backed book you’ve ever owned.

This workshop meets on Wednesday, November 6th, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Use the text block you made in our previous casebook binding workshop to complete making a hard backed book, or join us for the first time this evening and buy a text block for $10 when you arrive.

We’ll be building in cases and inserting pages to make a completed book that you can take with you at the end of the evening.

No experience is necessary, and our instructors and students will guide you through the process with patience and good humor.

Cost: $25

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Holiday Card Workshop
Nov
16
1:00 PM13:00

Holiday Card Workshop

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Design and print your own letterpress cards! Learn to set type and lock up your own chase to create handmade cards to send to your friends and family. No experience is necessary. All supplies are provided, just bring your ideas. Each participant will leave with 12 printed cards in one design. An additional dozen of the same design is available for a $25 additional fee.


Cost: $50

Number of participants (per workshop): 10

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Holiday Card Workshop
Nov
20
6:00 PM18:00

Holiday Card Workshop

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Design and print your own letterpress cards! Learn to set type and lock up your own chase to create handmade cards to send to your friends and family. No experience is necessary. All supplies are provided, just bring your ideas. Each participant will leave with 12 printed cards in one design. An additional dozen of the same design is available for a $25 additional fee.

Cost: $50

Number of participants (per workshop): 10

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Introduction to Printing with Kim from Tribune Showprint | Three Classes in Letterpress Printing
Dec
2
6:00 PM18:00

Introduction to Printing with Kim from Tribune Showprint | Three Classes in Letterpress Printing

This is an introduction to printing course, taught by Kim Miller, Owner/Operator of Tribune Showprint Posters, the oldest continuously operated letterpress business in America. Kim has experience as an art teacher as well as running Tribune and advising students at Book Arts Collaborative. This is a rare opportunity to gain in-depth insight and experience in letterpress printing.

For the first class, you will learn the basics of setting type and how the presses operate. You will also be able to choose a print project from a variety of options, some of which are custom business cards, custom greeting cards, or a broadside.

For the second class, which will be held on Monday, December 9th from 6-8 p.m., you will work towards getting the plans for your project finalized, and you will begin the assembly process.

For the third and final class, which will be held on Monday, December 16th from 6-9 p.m., you will begin and complete the printing process for your project.

No experience is necessary. This course will be fun and illuminating to beginners and well as established designers and artists.

Cost: $75

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Nov
7
5:00 PM17:00

First Thursday | Public

First Thursday fun at Book Arts Collaborative!

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Book Arts Collaborative and Tribune Showprint are proud to be open to the public for First Thursday events in Downtown Muncie. Whenever possible we showcase an artist during and create an opportunity to shop that artist’s inventory and observe them creating their work!

You can also purchase Book Arts Collaborative’s hand-made journals, coasters, cards, t-shirts, and more during this event. Tribune Showprint will be offering an array of posters, bookmarks, stationary sets and cards as well.

Stop by for shop tours and a hands-on printing experience during First Thursday! We always offer a fun, family-friendly event during First Thursday, and you have the chance to meet our many student artists/entrepreneurs who make up Book Arts Collaborative.

This event is free and open to the general public.

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Casebook Binding Workshop
Nov
6
6:00 PM18:00

Casebook Binding Workshop

We at Book Arts Collaborative call casebooks “the bookiest of books”! Simply put: it is every hard-backed book you’ve ever owned.

This workshop meets on Wednesday, November 6th, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Learn to prepare gatherings of pages and stitch them together in the French link style, and in a subsequent Wednesday “night class,” learn to build a case or cover, finish it in a linen spine and decorative paper, and put it all together into a blank book you can take away with you.

No experience is necessary, and our instructors and students will guide you through the process with patience and good humor.


Cost: $25

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Oct
3
5:00 PM17:00

First Thursday | Public

First Thursday is here!

Book Arts Collaborative and Tribune Showprint are proud to showcase an artist during the First Thurday event. This is an opportunity to shop the artist’s incredible inventory and observe them creating their work!

Check back soon to find out who our October First Thursday Artist is.

You can also purchase Book Arts Collaborative’s hand-made journals, coasters, cards, tshirts, and more during this event. Tribune Showprint will be offering an array of posters, bookmarks, stationary sets and cards as well.

Stop by for shop tours and a hands-on printing experience during First Thursday!

This event is free and open to the general public.

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May
2
5:00 PM17:00

First Thursday | Public

First Thursday is here!

Book Arts Collaborative and Tribune Showprint are proud to showcase an artist during the First Thurday event. This is an opportunity to shop the artist’s incredible inventory and observe them creating their work!

Check back soon to find out who our May First Thursday Artist is.

You can also purchase Book Arts Collaborative’s hand-made journals, coasters, cards, tshirts, and more during this event. Tribune Showprint will be offering an array of posters, bookmarks, stationary sets and cards as well.

Stop by for shop tours and a hands-on printing experience during First Thursday!

This event is free and open to the general public.

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Apr
4
5:00 PM17:00

First Thursday | Public

First Thursday is here!

Book Arts Collaborative and Tribune Showprint are proud to showcase an artist during the First Thurday event. This is an opportunity to shop the artist’s incredible inventory and observe them creating their work!

Check back soon to find out who our April First Thursday Artist is.

You can also purchase Book Arts Collaborative’s hand-made journals, coasters, cards, tshirts, and more during this event. Tribune Showprint will be offering an array of posters, bookmarks, stationary sets and cards as well.

Stop by for shop tours and a hands-on printing experience during First Thursday!

This event is free and open to the general public.

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Mar
24
1:00 PM13:00

Design for Print Workshop

This is an advanced printing workshop for participants who have taken at least one prior printing workshop at Book Arts Collaborative or have previous letterpress printing experience.

Taught by Kim Miller, owner-operator of Tribune Showprint Posters, this workshop is designed to advance your knowledge of professional letterpress printing and take your skills up a notch, too.

Kim and students will help participants create one-of-a-kind designs and batch print them in small runs to take away at the workshop conclusion.

Come, spend the afternoon enjoying the rare opportunity to work in America's oldest continually-operated letterpress print shop!

Cost: $50

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Mar
20
6:00 PM18:00

Word Coptic Workshop 2

Must be taken in conjunction with Word Coptic Workshop 1 

This is an advanced workshop for participants who have taken at least one book binding workshop at Book Arts Collaborative before.

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Participants will take their design and sewing skills up a notch by sewing a word into the spine of the book.  The sewing will bind the book together.

At Word Coptic Workshop 2, participants will complete the sewing of their books with advice and assistance (when necessary) from instructors.  Participants will sew the second covers on and complete their word Coptic journals to take away that evening.


Cost for both Wednesday evenings: $50

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Mar
13
6:00 PM18:00

Word Coptic Workshop 1

Must be taken in conjunction with Word Coptic Workshop 2

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This is an advanced workshop for participants who have taken at least one book binding workshop at Book Arts Collaborative before.

Participants will take their design and sewing skills up a notch by sewing a word into the spine of the book.  The sewing will bind the book together.

At Word Coptic Workshop one, participants will start with boards and gatherings prepared for their books.  The first workshop in this series will cover practical concerns about choosing words and plotting letter placement to ensure the smooth operation of the book.  Participants will begin sewing by attaching the first cover to their gatherings.

This workshop meets from 6-9 p.m. on two consecutive Wednesday evenings.

See registration information below.

Cost for both Wednesday evenings: $50

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Feb
27
6:00 PM18:00

Platen Press Printing Workshop

This course is a logical follow-on from Bed Press Printing, but no experience is necessary, and participants are welcome to jump in here, too.  Get semi-serious about precision printing with platen press work.

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Presses for this workshop include our 100+ year old Chandler and Price platen presses as well as their user-friendly little sibling, the Pilot table-top platen press.

Participants will learn to set type, build a chase to transfer type to a platen press, ink, and operate the press to create a couple  of one-color prints of their designs.

Our instructors will guide you through typesetting, chase building, and printing, offering tips and tricks that give your work an elegant touch.


Cost: $25

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Feb
20
6:00 PM18:00

Bed Press Printing Workshop

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Here's that old-fashioned, quick and feisty printing technique!  Get your Gutenberg on! Set type to create a broadside, hand ink it, and imprint it using one of our vintage bed presses.

Presses for this workshop include the simple sign-card press used for decades by stores to create instant signage to our Vandercook Number 2 newspaper proofing press.

Participants will learn to set type, prepare it on the press bed, and run a couple of copies of their work.  The ink may be wet at the end of the evening, but participants will take away two, two-color copies of their work.

No experience necessary, and instructors will guide you through tips and tricks to make your typesetting appealing and fun.



Cost: $25

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Feb
16
10:00 AM10:00

Casebook Binding Workshop

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We at Book Arts Collaborative call casebooks "the bookiest of books"!  Simply put: it is every hard-backed book you've ever owned.

This workshop meets from 10 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. with an hour break for lunch.

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Learn to prepare gatherings of pages and stitch them together in the French link style, then build a case or cover, finish it in a linen spine and decorative paper, and put it all together into a blank book you can take away with you.

No experience is necessary, and our instructors and students will guide you through the process with patience and good humor.


Cost: $50

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Feb
13
6:00 PM18:00

Valentine/Galentine/Palentine Night!

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Here at Book Arts, we honor all kinds of love!  Use teamwork to create a souvenir of your friendship or relationship by printing a poster with the refrain of "your song," a favorite saying, an inspiring quotation, even a directive such as "pick up after yourself"!  Anything goes at this fun, poster-making workshop; you can even come alone.

No experience is necessary.  Spend a fun evening in our shop, browsing our type and vintage illustration blocks to create two copies of a one-of-a-kind poster.  Collaborate with a friend or loved one on a single design, or register alone and take away two copies of your poster yourself.

Participants will learn to set type, help an instructor set a chase for insertion in a press, and print two copies of the poster they have designed.  Ink on the posters may be wet, but participants will be able to take away their posters at the end of the evening.

Cost: $35 per registration (two people may share a registration)

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Feb
7
5:00 PM17:00

First Thursday | Public

First Thursday is here!

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This month, Book Arts Collaborative will be printing Valentines! Stop by the shop to run a press and make unique cards, perfect for all ages!

You can also purchase Book Arts Collaborative’s hand-made journals, coasters, cards, tshirts, and more during this event. Tribune Showprint will be offering an array of posters, bookmarks, stationary sets and cards as well.

Stop by for shop tours and a hands-on printing experience during First Thursday!



This event is free and open to the general public.

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Feb
7
3:00 PM15:00

Kennedy Library Event | Public

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Join Book Arts Collaborative at the Kennedy Library for an exciting Valentine’s Event.

We will be running a bed press where children can come make their very own Valentines!

Come meet the students and faculty of Book Arts Collaborative and learn how to run a press.

If you and your family would like to make more Valentines, stop by Tribune Showprint and Book Arts Collaborative for First Thursday, running from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm!


This event is free and open to the general public.

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Feb
6
6:00 PM18:00

Coptic Binding 2 Workshop

Coptic binding dates to the Second Century A.D.E.  Practiced by early Christians in Egypt, the Nag Hammadi or Gnostic Gospels, were sewn in this chain-stitch style.  Get your Davinci Code on by re-creating this historical book style.

Practically speaking, a Coptic journal makes an excellent sketch book or notebook because its pages will lay completely throughout the book.  It is functional and aesthetically pleasing.

No book binding experience is necessary.  Participants who did not take Coptic Binding 2 can join by paying $15 for prepared covered boards and gatherings necessary for this workshop.

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Participants will learn Coptic chain stitching and then explore some variations on that basic sewing method that result in decorative, open spine designs.  This workshop results in a finished Coptic journal to take away.


Cost: $25 (for participants from Coptic Binding 1)

Materials: $15 (for participants who did not take Coptic Binding 1)

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Jan
25
6:00 PM18:00

The Itinerant Printer at Tribune Showprint | PUBLIC

Join us at Tribune Showprint Posters and the Book Arts Collaborative for a presentation, pop-up shop, exhibition, and book signing from Chris Fritton, AKA The Itinerant Printer!

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Chris Fritton (The Itinerant Printer) has been traveling North America for over four years visiting different letterpress print shops, creating unique prints at each of his stops. He brings with him only paper and ink, and works exclusively with what those shops have to offer.

He recently completed a formidable coffee table book cataloging the adventure, and it features Tribune Showprint and other regional print shops as well.

Part travel diary, part cultural anthropology, part philosophical musing, part poetic digression, The Itinerant Printer book is a series of interconnected yet independent vignettes that tell the story of two and a half years on the road visiting letterpress shops throughout America & Canada. It's the ultimate index of this printing adventure, the culmination of all the miles, all the ink, all the paper, all the type, and the blood, sweat, and tears.

Chris will be sharing stories from the road at around 7:00p, and the presentation runs concurrent with a pop-up exhibition/shop. He'll be showing and selling work from his adventure, signing his book and taking questions about all things letterpress, road trips, and tramp printing!

Don't miss this Muncie print party, with drinks and refreshments on hand as well! Come say hi and grab a print to take home!


Tribune Showprint Posters and the Book Arts Collaborative are located at 515 E. Main St. Muncie, IN.


This event is free and open to the public, and you can RSVP below.

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Jan
23
6:00 PM18:00

Coptic Binding 1 Workshop

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Coptic binding dates to the Second Century A.D.E.  Practiced by early Christians in Egypt, the Nag Hammadi or Gnostic Gospels, were sewn in this chain-stitch style.  Get your Davinci Code on by re-creating this historical book style.

Practically speaking, a Coptic journal makes an excellent sketch book or notebook because its pages will lay completely flat.  It is functional and aesthetically pleasing.

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Participants in Coptic Binding 1 need no prior experience in book binding.  We will cover boards in decorative paper, pierce the boards for decorative sewing, assemble sheets into gatherings, and prepare those for sewing.  Participants will make all of the pieces necessary to assemble a Coptic-sewn journal.

Cost: $25

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Jan
20
11:00 AM11:00

Belgian Book Binding Workshop

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Belgian or "Secret Belgian" binding is a contemporary style book that combines the look of Japanese stab binding with the functionality of a Coptic sketchbook.  It looks complicated but is easy to learn.  No experience is necessary to join in this workshop, and you will make a completed blank book in one day.

This workshop runs from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. with a one hour lunch break at a natural stopping point.

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Participants will be guided through covering boards with decorative paper, choosing a pattern for piercing and sewing the covers together, fold gatherings, and stitch them into place.

The resulting journal is a stylish and functional notebook that makes a statement blending contemporary and ancient styles.




Cost: $50

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Dec
6
5:00 PM17:00

First Thursday | Public

First Thursday is here!

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Book Arts Collaborative and Tribune Showprint are proud to showcase an artist during the First Thurday event. This is an opportunity to shop the artist’s incredible inventory and observe them creating their work!

Our featured artist this December is Mary Miller, a local artist who specializes in hand-carved printing. She learned linoleum carving from Bob Harley from South Side High School, and from there took classes at both Ball State and Anderson Universities. Mary most often carves her work into pieces of soft wood and prints them using spoons.

Mary has a dedication to her craft, and a passion for others. For years, she has made cards for nursing home residents in the area. This year, Book Arts Collaborative is happy to partner with Mary by offering printing workshops in nursing homes this holiday season. 

Stop by and see a collection of her work! You can also purchase Book Arts Collaborative’s hand-made journals, coasters, cards, tshirts, and more during this event. Tribune Showprint will be offering an array of posters, bookmarks, stationary sets and cards as well.

Stop by for shop tours and a hands-on printing experience during First Thursday!


This event is open to the general public.


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Dec
5
6:00 PM18:00

Business/Calling Card Workshop

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No experience is necessary. You don’t have to come with a design in mind, we will help you create a business card/calling card that fits your style. Come explore imagery and type we have in house to create a distinct and unique card. Learn how to set type, lock a chase, and how to use a vintage press. Business/calling cards make great holiday gifts, too! Participants will leave with 50 business cards.

Cost: $50

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Nov
14
6:00 PM18:00

Introduction to Book Binding 2

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This course is the companion to Introduction to Book Binding 1, but if you didn’t take that session, you can still come.  We’ll provide you with a sewn-up text block for $10, and you can catch right up with the rest.

Participants will create “hard” book covers for a 6 x 9” text block, and walk away with a finished case book at the end of the evening.  There is absolutely no experience necessary; you don’t even have to know how to read because these are blank books, suitable for travel journals, diaries, etc.

Come, learn more about the emergence of the codex.   You’ll finish a book in a centuries old style that still looks surprisingly modern.

Cost: $25

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Nov
10
1:00 PM13:00

Holiday Card Workshop

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Design and print your own letterpress cards! Learn to set type and lock up your own chase to create handmade cards to send to your friends and family. No experience is necessary. All supplies are provided, just bring your ideas.  Each participant will leave with 12 printed cards in one design.  An additional dozen of the same design is available for a $25 additional fee.

Cost: $50
Number of participants (per workshop): 10

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Nov
7
6:00 PM18:00

Introduction to Book Binding

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Learn to sew a text block in the French link style.  Sewing paper into a book form is much easier than spinning straw into gold.  In fact, no experience is necessary for this workshop which covers one of the most durable of the casebook stitching styles.

Participants will make a text block that they can enjoy as blank pages without covers, or they can enroll in Introduction to Book Binding 2 and craft a cover for their pages.

This course covers sewing fundamentals that make a book handsome and sound.

Cost: $25

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Nov
1
5:00 PM17:00

First Thursday | Public

First Thursday is here!

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Book Arts Collaborative and Tribune Showprint are proud to showcase Artist Scott Wood. Scott turns acrylic and exotic wood barrels for pens by hand and assembles them using pre-cast parts. He will be demonstrating and selling pens during this event. This is an opportunity to shop Scott’s incredible inventory and observe Scott creating his pens.

Stop by Book Arts Collaborative and Tribune Showprint for shop tours and a hands-on printing experience during First Thursday!


This event is open to the general public.


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Oct
29
6:30 PM18:30

Star Party | Public

BSU students! We have a question: What can you do with major in the Humanities (English, Philosophy & Religious Studies, History, or Modern Languages & Classics)? Answer: Anything.

The Star Party is like the CCIM Super Party--but for people who want to learn more about getting involved in all the great things happening in the humanities at Ball State. (English, Philosophy & Religious Studies, History, and Modern Languages & Classics).

It is held in the Stu East Multipurpose Room, from 6:30 pm to 8:30pm.

Come see us to learn more about the art of book binding, take home a free print, talk to current students about Book Arts Collaborative, and more!

This event is perfect for anyone wondering who we are, and what they can do in their major RIGHT NOW!

Learn more on the BSU English Blog

This event is open to the general public.

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Oct
24
6:00 PM18:00

Introduction to Printing 2

No experience is necessary. Introduction to Printing 2 focuses on setting chases for platen presses. You don’t need to know what “letterpress” means to join this class; we’ll give you hands-on experience.

Participants in this workshop will set a chase for small greeting cards or coasters bearing a word or an image.  They will block it in to prepare it for printing, ink a press, and assist their fellow workshop participants in cleaning presses at the end of the evening.

We provide the apron and rubber gloves!  When we say “hands on,” we mean it.

Cost: $25

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Oct
22
7:00 PM19:00

Honors Curriculum Crash Course | Public

Are you in the BSU Honors College? Do you want a unique Book Arts experience? Come visit us at the Honors Curriculum Crash Course!

This popular event is hosted by Student Honors Council in the Ex-Hall of DeHo. It’s an activity-fair style exhibition intended to give students a better idea of honors courses being offered during the spring semester, allowing students to find the best section of an honors course based on more than just the available time.

We will be talking about the course offered to students next semester as well as printing a small freebie for you to take home.

This semester SHC members thought it would be fun to add a Halloween aspect to Crash Course so students will “trick-or-treat” at each professor’s table, so stop by, grab some candy, make a print, and learn about our class!

This event is open to the general public.

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Oct
10
6:00 PM18:00

Introduction to Printing 1

Introduction to Printing 1: Fundamentals of Type Setting


This course is open to absolute beginners. You need not be sure what “letterpress” means to join this class.  It covers the basic parts of type, tools used in setting type, and techniques that printers use to make it as effortless as possible. 

Come with a short quotation in mind, and we’ll set it, maybe along with some ornaments.  Book Arts Collaborative staff will set it in a chase for you and show you how it looks printed.  You’ll get to take home a copy of your quotation, emblazoned upon a placard, coaster, bookmark, or etc.

 

Learn the secrets of type-setters who do not, in fact, have to read “upside down and backwards.” 

Cost: $25

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Oct
4
5:00 PM17:00

First Thursday ArtsWalk

The annual First Thursday ArtsWalk is here!

Book Arts Collaborative and Tribune Showprint are proud to showcase Artist Scott Wood. Scott turns acrylic and exotic wood barrels for pens by hand and assembles them using pre-cast parts. He will be demonstrating and selling pens during this event. This is an opportunity to shop Scott’s incredible inventory and observe Scott creating his pens.

Stop by Book Arts Collaborative and Tribune Showprint for shop tours and a hands-on printing experience during First Thursday!

For more information on the ArtsWalk event, check out the Downtown Muncie website.

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