Friday, May 19, 2017

2 Book fairs in 2 week + call for submissions


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:

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.
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
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) 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)

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.


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

*101 beekeeping nerd joke