Printing Profits in a Student-Managed Business

Allyssa Burdine Ball State University, Dakota Savage Ball State University, Reid Frick Ball State University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Rai Peterson Ball State University
Book Arts Collaborative, a student-managed business in downtown Muncie, Indiana, teaches fine bookbinding and printing skills. Students oversee marketing and communications, product development, retail relations, and shop management. We create hand-sewn blank journals and print ephemera, which we sell through seven retailers and our online shop. Our mission is to preserve and pass on these apprentice-taught skills, so we offer public workshops in printing and bookbinding, to people of all ages, and we are also a destination for school field trips. In addition, we provide on-site workshops at schools, public libraries, festivals, and conferences. Speaking of conferences, our Interrobang Wayzgoose gathering of regional book artists opens on the evening of the Butler Conference. At Interrobang Wayzgoose students will network with book arts professionals from Indiana and surrounding states and launch this year's Book Arts Collaborative Press publication, a collection of essays and paintings titled Defunct by Southbend writer and artist Kelcey Parker Ervick. Last year we published a book titled Light by Butler professor Susan Neville. We will be talking about the process of publishing a book from concept to casing-in as we have experienced it this semester. Book Arts Collaborative Press is managed and directed by undergraduate students with guidance from Ball State faculty. The process of working with writers and artists to achieve a common vision for a book is complicated, but we publish artist’s books which makes our work all the more enjoyable yet demanding. Come learn about making modern books with 100-year-old printing presses!
Business & Economics
Oral Presentation

When & Where

01:45 PM
Jordan Hall 174