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Welcome to our April 20-21 second annual Interrobang Festival of Book Arts Wayzgoose*! This year, we're bringing you more stuff to learn, buy, hear, and eat!
On Friday evening, Book Arts Collaborative Press will launch its new artist's book, Light, by Susan Neville, and the author will read from its pages.
On Saturday, you'll see master printers at work in Tribune Showprint Posters and Book Arts Collaborative shops and gather in the Madjax building to hear experts on locating and authenticating 15th century manuscripts and books, carving wood type, designing type faces, book binding, and a panel discussion of the "History and Herstory of Women in Letterpress" featuring some of the leading women in letterpress today.
Food and drink will be available both evenings as we gather to welcome and learn from the book artists who visit Muncie for this event. Tickets are available online. Saturday evening, we'll have food trucks around the building, as well as having a purveyor of libations in the building.
*A wayzgoose (or wayz-goose, waygoose or wayzegoose) was at one time an entertainment given by a master printer to his workmen each year on or about St Bartholomew's Day (24 August). It marked the traditional end of summer and the start of the season of working by candlelight. We celebrate Wayzgoose at Book Arts Collaborative on the eve of summer, when our students will disperse for the season.
Tentative Schedule of Events
FRIDAY APRIL 20, 2018
7:00pm Book Arts Collaborative and Tribune Showprint Welcome
7:30pm Reading from Light by author Susan Neville
8:15pm Friday evening reception
SATURDAY APRIL 21, 2018
9:00-10:30am The History and Herstory of Women and Letterpress
Panel Presentation on Ladies in Letterpress featuring Celene Aubry, Hatch Show Print, Nashville, TN; Stephanie Carpenter, Hamilton Wood Type Museum, Two Rivers, WI; and Kim Miller, Tribune Showprint, Muncie, IN; moderated by BSU alumae Brianna Kirkham
10:30-11:30am Type Face Design
John Morris, Ball State School of Art, Muncie, IN
1:00-2:00 Manufacture of Hand-Made Contemporary Wood Type
Scott Moore, Moore Wood Type, Columbus, OH
2:15-4:00 History and the Book
Chelsea van der meer, Younder Bound Books, Indianapolis, IN
Andrew Gaub, McKitterick Rare Books, Narberth, PA
4:00-5:00 Letterpress in a Digital Age
Eric Woods, Firecracker Press, St. Louis, MO
5:00 Shop Takeover
6:00 Food trucks, Muncie's new hot dog cart, and The Guardian Brewing Company will offer food and drink for sale.
Register now for Interrobang: Registration is free, but we suggest a $10 donation to off-set speaker fees and other costs associated with hosting this event. Registration is available for both guests and vendors through this link. Friday evening reception and Saturday evening meal tickets are available online. Advance registration is required for meals.
Once again, we have partnered with the Muncie downtown Courtyard Marriott to offer rooms to visitors. The group rate is $113 per night. The hotel is centrally located in Muncie and within lovely walking distance to the Madjax building, where Book Arts Collaborative and Tribune Showprint Posters are located, and where Interrobang is held. Use the link below to book at our special rate by March 30, 2018.
Book Arts Collaborative and Tribune Showprint Posters, Inc. are delighted to welcome friends from the regional letterpress and book arts community. Please join us on Friday evening and Saturday to meet, listen to, and learn from the following contemporary practitioners of book arts.
Associate Director at Hatch Show Print, Nashville, TN
Aubry is the associate director at Hatch Show Print, the legendary print shop that got its start in 1879 in Nashville, TN. Celene is returning to Interrobang to talk about the gradual admission of women into letterpress shops. Hatch Show Print began with a handbill for Rev. Henry Ward Beecher (the brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe), and became a prominent printer for the entertainment community of Nashville. It now functions as a press, a gallery, and a learning environment, where Celene is the shop manager and a master printer.
Assistant Director, Hamilton Wood Type, Two Rivers, WI
Carpenter is the Hamilton Wood Type Museum's Assistant Director. She is a graphic designer, letterpress printer, and book artist. Carpenter graduated from Indiana University in graphic design. At the museum she teaches letterpress and bookmaking workshops, serves as in-house printer, directs social media and the website, coordinates volunteers and interns, and arranges events and conferences.
Bookseller at Bruce McKittrick, Narberth, PN
Gaub graduated from Ball State University in 2001 and subsequently earned an MLS degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, where he interned at the Lilly Library. He acquires and authenticates material for Bruce McKittrick Rare Books in Narberth, PN. Gaub will be telling stories from his work as a "Book Arts Sherlock Holmes."
Reporter for Commercial News, Danville, IL
Kirkham graduated from Ball State University in 2016, where she was the Online Managing Editor of the Daily News. She received a master's degree from Syracuse University, and is now a reporter at the Commercial News in Danville, IL. Lively and engaging as an interviewer, Kirkham will be facilitating the Saturday morning panel discussion about Women in Letterpress. Please join us in welcoming Brianna back to BSU and Muncie!
Chelsea van der Meer
Founder of Yonder Bound, IN
van der Meer is the owner of Yonder Bound Books, a boutique bookbindery located in the Ruckus Makerspace in downtown Indianapolis. After her year-long apprenticeship working with one of the nation’s oldest operating binderies, van der Meer launched Yonder Bound, released her own line of handmade logbooks, and began collaborating with businesses and creatives to publish limited-edition books and analog media. Van der Meer also teaches bookbinding workshops throughout the city to share her love of bookbinding with the Indianapolis community
Kim Stiers Miller
Owner and Operator of Tribune Showprint Posters, Muncie, IN.
Miller is the owner of Tribune Showprint Posters, the longest continuously operated print shop in the United States. She gradated from Purdue University in Art Education. After being an art teacher at Monroe Central High School, she bought Tribune Showprint Posters. Miller is a native Hoosier now residing in Muncie with her husband, Rob, who is co-owner of Tribune Showprint, and their three dogs.
Founder of Moore Wood Type, Columbus, OH
Moore creates and sells type to letterpress printers around the world through Moore Wood Type. Scott is returning to Interrobang to talk about carving type. He first learned letterpress at Miami University of Ohio when letterpress was part of the Industrial Design curriculum. Today, he helps printers acquire unique pieces of type and teaches wood type history and production. Scott carves both reproduction and new designs in heart maple using old-school methods like his pantograph and new ones such as laser engraving.
Professor of Art at Ball State University, Muncie, IN
Morris is from Richmond, Virginia and received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012. He has a background in graphic design and political science, with a particular interest in collage. He is is the artist behind the Book Arts Collaborative logo and the mystery man behind the "Funcie" t-shirts and signs spotted around town. John has mad design skills, and a lot of the time, he turns that to type face development.
Author and Butler University Professor, Indianapolis, IN
Susan Neville is the author of six works of creative nonfiction. Her prize winning collections of short fiction include In the House of Blue Lights, winner of the Richard Sullivan Prize, and Invention of Flight, winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. Light, Neville's Book Arts Collaborative Press artist's book, explores life, death, and religion in insightful and revealing prose.
Owner of Firecracker Press, Saint Louis, MO
Eric Woods is the owner of Firecracker Press, a full-service letterpress print shop that offers graphic design services and custom printing. Firecracker Press prints everything from business cards to books. Eric will talk about the kinds of modern printing practice that keep letterpress relevant and the letterpress community vibrant.