It'll be the third year in a row that Pegacorn Press is tabling at
Printed Matter's LA Art Book Fair and it's really exciting to be heading
that way again. It's a really wonderful fair all around and if you're
in the area, please make a point to stop by—it's also amazingly free and
open to the public.
What will I have at this magnificent fair? A second edition of Bar Dykes, Dean Sameshima's Encounters publications + shirts, a new Primordial Cooch
(that I made with Knust while in the Netherlands), all the
Womanimalistic titles, publications and prints by Mike Taylor, new
Goddess + CUNT hankies, posters, patches, and mini prints.
Preview: Thursday, February 23, 6–9 pm ($10, refer to the site for more info)
Friday February 24, 1pm-7pm
Saturday February 25, 11am-7pm
Sunday February 26, 11am-6pm
I'll be working with Johanna of Colarama, Aisha Franz, and several other artists doing Colorama CLUBHOUSE. Excited!CC
is a monthly collaborative project with different artists—a small group
is invited to meet and produce a limited edition of folded zines.
Coming from various areas of design, writing, and illustration, and
ideally a combination that has not worked with each other before...
I'll be doing a talk on Sunday at 6pm at Anagram Books, in conjunction with an exhibition + programming that Sergej Vutuc
and Matt Plezier have organized. The show revolves around punk/hardcore
counter-culture zine making from the 1990s, the communities and
relationships that grew out of those movements, and where we are today
in the current social media take-over of how we are disseminating and
Having pulled myself out of most forms of social media (besides Instagram,
which is one of my last holds on a former photo-based practice), I'm
happily giving a talk with my fellow quasi-Luddite best friend, Al
Burian. We will both be giving presentations of our work and talking
about our process together as friends, artists, self-publishers, and
collaborators. We will probably be the only people in the room not on
Facebook? ;) JOIN USSSSS...
There is a pre-order for a second edition printing of the 2017 Paquita Calendar,
for those who may have missed the flash sale in November. I'll be
printing and sending out the new edition when I get back to Brooklyn in
early January—orders will be send out no later than January 9th. If
you're interested, please check out: https://www.etsy.com/shop/carolinepaquita
"Dank je," beautiful people of the Netherlands!
I had an excellent time at the 2016 Magical Riso seminar at the Jan Eyck Academie and my talk, RISO FOR THE PEOPLE,
went over quite well. With 120 people in attendance, the seminar was
packed with amazing printers, artists, and designers that all utilize
stencil duplicating machines to make their work. Thank you, Jo Frenken,
master-printer-extraordinaire, for organizing such a powerhouse event
and inviting me to speak at it.
On this trip, I was fortunate enough to be able to finally visit EXTRAPOOL/Knust Press,
in Nijmegen—which was a dream come true. Over the course of five days, I
produced an A2 sized mini (on the new humongous Riso printer) with help
from the dream team, Joyce Guley and Jan Dirk de Wilde.
They generously hosted and showed me the ways of their amazing
printshop and home, which also serves as an experimental noise venue and
art space. Big thanks to them and the Extrapool family for such an
excellent and inspiring week! The new mini will be available this weekend at Anagram and will be listed online when I get back to Brooklyn.
It will be an extremely short season for Paquita calendars this year (8th annual!), if, that is, you want them before first week of January. I'm heading overseas in a few weeks and will be closing my online store down on November 20th...til the beginning of next year. Now would be the time to get your calendars, especially at these early bird prices. This is also fundraising for a self imposed artist residency in Berlin, so all sales help keep me well fed on brotchen/cheap falafel and able to buy some art supplies while I'm there.
Orders can be done either through a paypal or venmo payment (to email@example.com), or if you're local, you can reserve copies via email and pay only $10 a copy for in person pick ups before November 20th. If you order through paypal/venmo, please make sure to include your mailing address with your order!
You can also purchase copies through my Etsy store, however, shipping charges will start applying after the first copy. Now would be a good time to grab copies of other Pegacorn Press titles listed, as some are almost sold out and will not be reprinted. ((I'm particularly proud of Bar Dykes and ENCOUNTERS, which both debuted at the New York Art Book Fair this year.))
The breakdown: $12: 1 calendar + free U.S. shipping
$22: 2 calendars + U.S. free shipping
$50: 5 calendars + free U.S. shipping
$100: 11 calendars + free U.S. shipping
Most of you know the drill with all this, but if you have any questions, feel free to ask. Prices will go up to their normal rate ($12 + shipping) next week in the online store, so now is the time to cash in!
Pegacorn Press events in November:
TODAY--->> I'll be at Comic Arts Brooklyn—It'll be my sixth year tabling at Gabe's (from Desert Island) annual comics fest and it's not to be missed! Mike Taylor will also be at the table with some of his gorgeous new prints that seriously make me drool.
Ace Hotel NYC//Artist in Residence
TOMORROW-->> I'll be doing a one night artist residency at the Ace Hotel—woo-hoo! In celebration of Printed Matter's 40th anniversary, Ace Hotel has been hosting a 40 nights of artists & events across their properties throughout 2016. I'm pleased to have been selected and look forward to making some work and lounging-hotel-style, a rare past time from my former rock 'n' roll life.
Saturday, November 12th: I'll be tabling at the first annual New Women Print & Zine Festival—many thanks to Got a Girl Crush for inviting me to participate in the the first NWPZF at this new amazing space in Brooklyn! (If you aren't familiar, Got a Girl Crush, is an excellent women's magazine that you should make a point to check out.)
11/25: Pegacorn Press at Magical Riso
I'll be giving a presentation at the Magical Riso conference this year titled, "RISO FOR THE PEOPLE," about creating affordable and accessible editions using Risograph stencil duplicators. A little bit of personal history of being a punk rocker who makes zines, to where I'm at now, and why I run the press the way that I do—aka, as a Granny in the basement cranking out the manifestos, spreading an "artistic gaylord agenda." Excited to head to the Netherlands and see as many print studios as possible and then head to...
Germany//December As I mentioned, I'll be back in Berlin on a self imposed artist residency with good friend, Al Burian. Time to relax after a very busy year, which has concluded with me recovering from a concussion since late August. The experience has been pretty intense and life changing—but oddly helpful in leading me towards slowing down in many ways. December is all about self care, working out some longer terms projects/goals, fun collaborations with a couple of my fave Berliners, and heading back to Berghain to dance it up like a teenage raver.
I'm looking forward to 2017 and hope that all is well, wherever this finds you—many thanks for getting through this epic email. There may still be one email blast in the next couple weeks to announce a mega flash sale on art, as I do some fall time studio cleaning/prep for my trip, so be on the lookout. As always, thanks for your support in this wild thing called life and HAPPY 2017 in advance!
time of year and Pegacorn Press is pleased to be tabling the New York
Art Book Fair again, starting tomorrow! Come by A67 in the zine tent and
check out all the new titles (images below), Dean Sameshima's amazing screenprinted t-shirts, Happy/Sad dolls, CUNT hankies, and Riso prints...
I'm super excited to be debuting three new publications at the fair: BAR DYKES: a collaboration between Merril Mushroom, Faythe Levine, and myself Encounters: by Dean Sameshima Lost Love//Love Lost: a new experimental prose/photo book of mine that I printed at Colour Code (in Toronto) during a week long visit/work camp
Special Events The NY Art Book Fair preview and reception: Thursday, September 15, 6–9 pm MoMA PS1 Ticketed Entry $10 (Members $5)
Hours and Location The NY Art Book Fair is free and open to the public: Friday, September 16, 1 pm–7 pm Saturday, September 17, 11 am–9 pm Sunday, September 18, 11 am–7 pm
LATE SUMMER:Hey all! Happy summer! It's been a hot minute since I've written, but it's been busy times since an amazing month in Germany (thank you, universe!) and then getting caught up in the typical NYC whirlwind of "reality." PEGACORN PRESS is deep in some major projects and before I forget, here's the list of what's happening in the next month and a half...
THIS SATURDAY: August 6, 2016--->12PM-4:30PM Travis Fristoe Memorial Zine Fest Dekalb Public Library: 790 Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221
Come celebrate the new zine library at the Dekalb Public Library, in honor of my best friend (and dear friend to many), Travis Fristoe, who passed away last year. It's totally in the spirit of who he was to start a zine collection in a public library, so I'm stoked to be a part of this event and to help perpetuate all the goodness he shared in this world. I'm still so terribly sad to have lost him, but look forward to this event and hope that if you're in the area, you can stop by.
If you are unable to come, but would like to make a donation to a fund for his daughter, Astrid, you can do that HERE.
2016 has been a "year of the Canadian" for me, so I'm pleased to finally make my way to Toronto, for this great event that my friends from Colour Code put together! (Excited, excited, excited!!!)
THE NY ART BOOK FAIR September 16-18, 2016 Preview: Thursday, September 15, 6-9pm MoMA PS1
Hooray! Pegacorn Press will be at the NYABF in the Zine Tent again, at A67. There are many projects in the works:
BAR DYKES: I've been blessed to work with best friend, Faythe Levine, on a publication titled, Bar Dykes, centered around our friend/queer elder, Merril Mushroom. In the early eighties, Merril wrote Bar Dykes, a play about lesbian bar culture in the 1950's—the play will be republished, accompanied by a long form interview with her. A prolific writer and all-around-badass, Merril is, and has been, an influential elder to queers everywhere. I've been fortunate to have spent time with her on multiple occasions when I've visited Dowelltown, Tennessee, so this project means a lot to me—it's also quite flattering that she was excited to do this publication with Pegacorn Press! (Big thanks to Faythe for initiating this project and for being such a great collaborative partner/interviewer/editor/BFF!)
DEAN SAMESHIMA: I'm also in the process of working on a project with artist, Dean Sameshima, an American expat living in Berlin. Currently untitled, it's a photo-based publication of images—I won't say too much about it until it's done, as we are still very much deep in our process ;). Nonetheless, I'm happy to have connected with him in Berlin and also really looking forward to this publication. Besides his amazing art practice, he makes awesome shirts as well—check out his ETSY.
2017 CALENDAR: 2017 is creeping up and fingers crossed that I will actually have the new calendar ready by the fair. Potentially, this is a tall order, but seeing that I will be spending another month in Europe later this fall, I'm trying to have 2017 calendar sales completed by the time I leave again. (There will be early bird discounts and package deals as usual!)
Why back to Europe so soon? Well, I was invited to speak at the Magical Riso 2016 Seminarin the Netherlands—WOWZA! For the person in the Risograph community that sometimes feels like I'm the granny diligently cranking out manifestos in the basement with an ancient machine and doing everything so DIY or die style, this is a humongous honor! It's not until late November, but I'm truly excited to be included and do a presentation at this international conference, so much so that I felt compelled to announce this event months in advance.
There is still a couple more projects slowly stewing on the burners, but it's still too far away to tell if we'll get them done in time for the NYABF—wish me/us luck!
Photo from Miss Read: Berlin Art Book Fair, June 2016
Thanks for getting through this post—I try to pack it all into occasional meta blasts, rather than constantly putting them up. I've got one foot halfway through "the Luddite door" and constantly reminisce of the days before cell phones//personal computers, when we all sent letters instead. Yeah, I am a granny in a basement talking about the past here (!!!), but I do try to keep on top of things via Instagram as @lilmizpaquitata, if you'd rather follow along via that format.
Nonetheless, it's always such a pleasure to do PEGACORN PRESS—I love it as an extension of my personal practice that keeps me engaged with other artists, as well as the larger world. I truly appreciate all the support that has been extended to me + this publishing adventure throughout the years and look forward to what the future holds.
Hope all is well, wherever you are—get some swimming in while you can and enjoy these warmer months!
XOXO, Caroline Paquita//Pegacorn Press
P.S. The Pegacorn Press Etsy store is back up, if there are any titles/hankies you want to grab before they sell out during "fair season."
This upcoming month will be spent in Berlin, which is exciting news indeed! It's been five years since I was last there and it was during that fateful five week European rock 'n' roll tour that Pegacorn Press was conceived. I had already been self publishing since 1996 and printing with my first Risograph since 2009, but had been vision questing ways to formalize what I was already doing—to expand my personal artistic practice to publish works by friends and artists that I admire. It's mind-blowing to think how far things have come in those five years—nearly thirty publications have been released, with new projects always in the works. Thanks for all the support throughout the years, as that is a huge part of what keeps me going!
Before leaving the US, there is a major "everything-must-go" sale via my Etsy store (starting NOW!!!), in order to help fund this epic trip. There are handmade CUNT hankies, Risograph prints, publications (including copies of the cult SF classic, THOSE FUCKING UNICORNS), and the last of the HAPPY/SAD plush dolls. The store will be closed from May 27th through early July, so if anything catches your eye, now would be the time—many titles listed are almost out and won't be reprinted.
YAY—I'm so excited for these events! All the relevant info is listed on the fliers below...
Mike Taylor's new mini, RANCHERO, while available now in the US, will officially debut at MISS READ. Al Burian will be tabling with me sporadically throughout the fair, so come by and say hello!
OTHER BERLIN EVENTS:
I'll be tabling a small comics event on the 18th with Al Burian + will be having an exhibition of Risograph prints at WE MAKE IT, tentatively set for June 24th. When I have all the details sorted out, that info will be posted!
While the month will be busy, if you know of any spots to check out, or queers/freaks/artists to meet while in Berlin, please get in touch. I'm also looking for any leads on queer land projects in Germany (like Ida or Raven's Crossing), so any help with that would be appreciated.
I'm excited to be a part of this amazing group show at Printed Matter:
New Independent Publishing by Women March 26 - April 11, 2016
5:00 – 7:00
the work of Alicia’s Klassic Kool Shoppe, Emma Kohlmann, LAZY MOM,
Melinda Melmoth, Miniature Garden, Pegacorn Press, and Slow Editions.
Opening Saturday, March 26th, 5-7pm, with the launch of Lazy Mom’s new zine, Easy Come
Extraordinary is a group show of work by women-run publishing imprints
and self-publishing artists. Using inexpensive printing techniques such
as photocopying and risograph, much of this work takes inspiration from
the familiar and everyday and elevates it to a new level of importance
and relevance. With themes ranging from pop culture icons and processed
foods to the human form and sexuality, these publishers offer fresh
perspectives on well-established subject matter….
creates otherworldly installations out of junk food and pantry staples.
The fruits of their labor are at once recognizable but wholly
transformed into something that you would probably never want to eat.
pays painstaking homage to pop culture television and movies by drawing
each scene from hit shows and films such as “True Detective”, “Magic
Mike”, and “Magic Mike 2”. Also on view will be her quilt depicting nude
scenes from the HBO prison show, “Oz”.
re-examines traditional and sometimes mundane forms of domesticity and
provides new context for viewing and appreciating the intimacy of the
home in publications such as “Household Objects” and “House Plant Music”
a cassette tape featuring the music of Xiu Xiu with an accompanying
zine of photographs and drawings by Denise Schatz.
Alicia Nauta of Alicia’s Klassic Kool Shoppe
creates imagined interior spaces by taking recognizable elements that
make up a home such as rugs, windows and doorways and combining them in
strange and often psychedelic ways.
publishes books, drawings and multiples rooted in drawing. Eunice Luk’s
own work plays with line, form, and abstraction. Her simple &
elegant drawings are made up of abstracted shapes that hint at
recognizable forms of figures, trees, and vessels. Alicia Nauta and
Eunice Luk often collaborate on books and prints, a selection of which
will also be included in the show.
Caroline Paquita of Pegacorn Press
creates a mystical form of feminism that simultaneously feels ancient
and yet entirely contemporary. In works such as “Garden of the
Womanimal” and “Womanimalistic”, wild and fierce females run amok and
the vagina reigns over all.
creates haunting and beautifully erotic narratives by interweaving
simple and crude ink drawings with poetic musings on alienation, sex,
and death. Awkward bodies lumber on the pages and engage in a multitude
of sexual positions with eachother, but a feeling of loneliness persists
About Easy Come:
LAZY MOM’s fifth self-published zine, “Easy Come” is a collection of
visceral food photography with romantic and debaucherous undertones.
Imagine a sweaty summer night with melted candy drips and a swirling sea
of chocolate. Imagine a hot date with a full frontal octopus and a rose
dipped in Cheez Whiz. Imagine no more because it’s all a reality…come
inside “Easy Come.”
Image from the cover of Easy Come
Photo by Chris Berntsen. February 2016, New Orleans, LA
In loving memory of Evan Sabourin, 1979-2016
This past weekend, I lost a dear friend and fellow artist that I was
working with. We were in the process of working on a Pegacorn Press
publication featuring Evan's art, which was centered around addiction
and recovery. To lose him to his struggle with addiction, especially
after just having visited him last month in rural Manitoba, is
completely devastating. My heart goes out to everyone who is mourning
his passing—he was truly a special person and really made a mark on
everyone he met.
I will be tabling the Miss Read: Berlin Art Book Fair in June, and will be doing several reading events with Al Burian while I'm there for the month. I will also be having an art show of prints in Berlin—more details on all that soon!
In the interim, much love to everyone and happy Spring. Please take a
minute to express gratitude to the people that you love and hold close
to your heart!