Friday, May 19, 2017

2 Book fairs in 2 week + call for submissions

THIS WEEKEND:

Starting tomorrow evening, Pegacorn Press will be tabling the first ever Brooklyn Art Book Fair, which is free and open to the public! Mike Taylor will also be at the table with some of his amazing prints, so stop by and say HI. For the full list of participants and other programming, please check out: https://www.bkabf.org/

McCarren Park Play Center & Pool
Friday: 7-9pm (PREVIEW)
Saturday: 12-6pm
 

JUNE 3 & 4th:

Pegacorn Press will be tabling BABZ for the first time, which is exciting indeed! You can check out the list of other participants, as well as the full schedule of events, HERE.
WHEN/WHERE:
Saturday, June 3, 1–7PM: free & open to the public
Sunday, June 4, 1–7PM: free & open to the public
Knockdown Center: 52-19 Flushing Ave, Queens, New York 11378
DIRECTIONS:
15 minutes walk from Jefferson L Stop
Nearby buses Q59, Q54, B57, B38
Shuttle runs every 15 minutes from the Jefferson L Stop

Wanna contribute to a Pegacorn Press publication?

I'm starting to work on a couple new publications, some of which are crowd sourced, that will be debut at the NY Art Book Fair this September. If you have any relevant materials, or want to contribute in any way, please email me at carolinepaquita(at)gmail.com for more information and to be considered!

PROJECT #1: Smart phones, social media, + addiction

This is a publication that I've been mapping out for awhile, as I navigate my own relationship with technology (especially smart phones) and how it's changed not only how I spend a lot of my time, but how I function in this world. On April 1st, I switched my SIM card to a regular old candy-bar cell phone and have been experimenting with living life in NYC without being connected all the time. I had been noticing for awhile that I was constantly engaged, distracted, and unable to exist without constantly being on my phone somehow. It reminded me of when I was a smoker—which also drove me nuts for over a decade—as I couldn't do anything without making sure I had tobacco on me at all times. The phone is the new pack of cigarettes and once I made that personal connection, I knew that I needed to make some kind of larger change in order to regain not only my time, but my sanity. This publication is an investigation into all things concerning our current relationships with technology and how we choose to engage.

 

Some questions I'm exploring:  

—Have you never had a smart phone? Never even had a cell phone? Had one or the other (or both?), but decided to give it all up? Still have a landline? Do people make fun of your phone situation (that you don't have a cell or smart phone, or that you don't have an i-Phone, but an android)?

—How engaged are you with your phone? Do you use Facebook? Instagram? Dating sites? Other social media sites? News sites? Does constant access to news raise your stress levels? How do you feel about that? Does it "work for you?" Do you purposefully not have these apps on your phone because it doesn't?

—What do you do about limiting your time on the phone? Do you ever purposefully leave it at home? Do you care if the battery dies while you are out? Does that trigger panic/unease? Do you not feel like you can live without Google Maps at this point?

—Do you, or your friends/family get mad/or concerned if a response isn't given within a certain time-frame (and it's a non emergency communication)? How do you feel about people's expectations of when you are supposed to reply by? Have you notice this change since you got a smart phone?

—When you have traveled overseas, or haven't had your regular data for whatever reason, have you felt withdrawal symptoms?

—Have you ever purposefully gone on a "digital detox?" What did you do, for how long, and what did you experience? Do you often experience FOMO (fear of missing out) after scrolling through a social media feed?

—Do you just have a wild story about a situation regarding cell phones, just for shits and giggles?

 

If any of this resonates with you and you would like to share, I'm gathering material until July or so, before I really start working out the details.
 

PROJECT #2: Collection of imagery and advice from self help books, especially of the more esoteric flavor
I'm starting to collect imagery and seemingly absurd advice/ritual/etc from self help books and other esoteric publications. The intent isn't to make fun of them, but more to explore options and ways that people navigate all sorts of problems and situations, particularly in the realm of mental, emotional, and meta-physical states. I have my own fair share of books of this type and at different times, different things have resonated with me. Over the years, I've found that the more open I am to things, the more expansive everything has become, so when I may have laughed at some weird shit I've come across, later on I've oddly incorporated it into my daily life.


This publication is part CRAP HOUND, part self-help in it's own round-about + abstract way—if you have any relevant materials, please scan it as a 300 DPI jpeg file and include the author, title, and page number. All submissions will be considered and if it goes to print, you will be listed as a contributor, as well as get a copy in the mail! carolinepaquita(at)gmail.com


PROJECT #3: Sobriety and creativity

It's public knowledge that I've been sober for the past two years, after stints of sobriety throughout the past decade. It's been a wild and amazing journey to get to this place and it's something that I think of daily, as I sort out my thoughts about it all.


I'm curious in hearing from creative types (visual artists, writers, musicians) who are either sober, or have had periods (six months or more) of sobriety. People who have tried programs, people who have not, people who have stopped cold turkey, people who have gone through detox centers, people who just have never drank/used ever? What works for you and what doesn't?


I'm often contacted by others who are on the same path, even though I barely have any time under my belt. The concept behind this publication is to create a larger conversation among creatives to share their process + path to where they are now. It's fairly common for artists to have relationships with addiction and there's a lot of myth surrounding sobriety that you will not have that "creative fire" anymore. (Or, that if you aren't out schmoozing at an opening with a glass of wine, that you won't be included anymore!) I think that there is a general interest in hearing other artist's stories outside of a Twelve-Step context and that there are other creatives who are seeking ways to figure out their relationships to drugs and alcohol, whether they find it problematic, or not.


The exact format of this publication is unclear and at this point, I'm in a gathering phase to see how this might all come together, depending on what kind of feedback I get. Feel free to get in touch if you feel like sharing. Anonymity and confidentiality is important and sharing doesn't necessarily mean that it will be printed—you will be asked for further permission if it seems like your content will be used. This is more of a phase one call out for possible contributors/submissions to be considered.

THANKS FOR READING!

I've been meaning to put this information out for awhile now and I hope to hear from you, if any of this resonates with you. This is will be the only dispatch (and probably the longest ever, my apologies!) for some time, so mark your calendars if you are in the NY area and are interested in these book fairs. The Pegacorn Press online store is open 24/7/365, if there are any titles that you would like to purchase, but are unable to attend these events.

Many thanks for all the continual support in Pegacorn Press activities, as well as my own personal endeavors. If you want to see a more daily glimpse into my world, rather than these infrequently posted blasts, feel free to follow me on Instagram. As part of my smart phone adventures that explores what does and doesn't work for me at this point, I've started using that technology to make experimental videos again (the above image is a still from one) and to share about beekeeping, my favorite hobby of all time. That has been a fun and different way for me to engage—let me know what you think!


Take care + bee well*,
Caroline Paquita//Pegacorn Press
www.carolinepaquita.com

*101 beekeeping nerd joke


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Hallooo + Happy Spring!!!

Pegacorn Press will be tabling this Sunday at the Come Together Music Festival at Moma PS1 in Long Island City, NYC. It's a quick day (12-6pm), but should be exciting—more information can be found via HERE.
 

The LA Art Book Fair this year was AMAZING! The folks at Printed Matter are professionals at putting together a great fair and this year was probably my favorite so far. It's always a pleasure to participate in such an excellent event with so many inspiring artists + publishers, but the folks who come out for it are so stellar as well, which really makes it special.

While at the fair, I was did a short interview with Paper Mag, along with some of my favorite ladies I know through self publishing: Heather Benjamin, Tamara SantibaƱez, Girls Like Us, Sarah Faith Gottesdiener, Nicole Killian, and Emma Kolhmann. If you aren't familiar with these babes, you can find out more about them HERE to get an idea of what everyone is up to.

Also while I was in LA, I was also able to do an interview with Nicole Georges, queer-feminist comic icon and animal-lover extraordinaire. She is a prolific illustrator, author, and does the podcast Sagittarian Matters. We went out crystal shopping and then laid in bed petting her producer, Ponyo (a Chihuahua—see photo below), while chatting about the current state of politics, relationships with technology, punk, punk medical myths, and all around DIY ethos. It was super fun and if you have time and want to check it out, you can find the podcast HERE.

The Pegacorn Press Etsy is open again, with some new listings, which includes the second edition of Bar Dykes, as well as reprints of Let Go, Let Gaia, and Primordial Cooch. A new batch of GODDESS hankies will be listed in the next week or so, for those who are interested.

There are many things in the works and I hope that by the next post, I'll be able to share some of them. In the meantime, thank you for your continual support and I hope that you are enjoying the beginning of Spring, wherever you are!

XOXO,
Caroline Paquita//Pegacorn Press
 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

LA Art Book Fair 2017


 

Starting this Thursday evening in LA:


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

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 626-6222
moca.org

Thanks for reading and as always, thank you for your continual support in my Womanimalistic/Pegacorn Press endeavors!

Much love,
Caroline Paquita