It’s happening!!!!!
booklynart:

GARDEN OF THE WOMANIMAL: An installation and small survey exhibition by Caroline Paquita of drawings, paintings, sculptures, zines, prints + a new limited edition artists book. April 12 - June 8, 2014
Show opens tomorrow night Saturday, April 12; 7 -10pm at Booklyn Artists Alliance, 37 Greenpoint Ave, 4FL, Brooklyn, NY.  

It’s happening!!!!!

booklynart:

GARDEN OF THE WOMANIMAL: An installation and small survey exhibition by Caroline Paquita of drawings, paintings, sculptures, zines, prints + a new limited edition artists book. April 12 - June 8, 2014

Show opens tomorrow night Saturday, April 12; 7 -10pm at Booklyn Artists Alliance, 37 Greenpoint Ave, 4FL, Brooklyn, NY.  

Playing a show after a three (???) year rock hiatus! New band called HEXBANE with Kate Ryan, Don Godwin and JR Hankins- expect weirdo punk with flugelhorn. We play first, promptly at 9!

Playing a show after a three (???) year rock hiatus! New band called HEXBANE with Kate Ryan, Don Godwin and JR Hankins- expect weirdo punk with flugelhorn. We play first, promptly at 9!

booklynart:

Studio visit with Caroline Paquita, our next solo-show artist

APRIL 12th, GET READY!

booklynart:

Studio visit with Caroline Paquita, our next solo-show artist

APRIL 12th, GET READY!

lalewestvind:

I made a new book! It’s called Now and Here, 16 pages, printed in blue on pink paper!

This is a war for the Moment, you will commune in multiple planes with the Watchers, She who walks into the Sun, Debra the Destroyer, Barbara bare with beer and the Temple Ceiling Ghosts. This book contains pictographs detailing the movements of the Battle Against Selves! Curious? Check it out it’s $5! This comic may best be described as an epic poem of imagined quantum mechanics. I think it’s good.

This book is debuting at PMF V at Open Space in Baltimore THIS WEEKEND!! uhhh like tomorrow! (March 8-9), published by Pegacorn Press, Caroline Paquita wrestled her cantankerous machine for several hours till it pumped out all these fleshy pink bookies, get the picture? She’s also having a sweet solo show at Booklyn soon! Mike Taylor’s show is still up there, check it out before the 30thhhhh!

Drivin down tomorrow packed up with gear for the Gun Tit show too! Friday night at the Crown! Come out!

Just put out this sweet new comic by LALE!

Mike Taylor and I are going to be tabling this tomorrow!

Mike Taylor and I are going to be tabling this tomorrow!

ditkoexclamation:

Caroline Paquita is a Miami native who currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Along an art-making journey leading from Florida to California to Minnesota to Providence and finally New York, Caroline has produced nearly twenty years of successful work in music and visual art. Sine 2011 Caroline’s “feminist, queer, and total-art-freaker" orientated small press label Pegacorn has released over thirteen exemplary publications. Caroline was one of the first people I thought of when I’d first had the idea to do an interview series for the Ditko! blog and it’s my pleasure to present these words to you here.

GW- What’s Womanimalistic?

CP- Womanimalistic is a comic zine that I draw and publish, as well as a larger body of work that I’ve been focused on for the past six years now. On a deeper, more out there level, it’s also your feral self; the one that’s in touch with your instincts and your environment. Most people I know are total WOMANIMALS, so it’s a sort of consciousness raising to bring us all together!

GW- What’s Pegacorn Press?
CP- Pegacorn Press is a publishing adventure that I officially began in 2011, after self publishing for the past eighteen years. In 2009, I bought my first Risograph stencil duplicator and began my journey of figuring out how to use it, and use it well. At first, due to my living situations, I stored and used it in the kitchen, but in the past couple years, I was able to finally get a dedicated studio. It’s been great to not have a crazy amount of printing equipment and paper in my house anymore and to be able to spread out for days at a time, without bothering my housemates.
GW- Would you describe your bookmaking process?
CP- So far (officially), Pegacorn Press has put out eleven publications and three calendars- it’s a really, really laborious process. Basic steps: drawing/designing, layout, making masters that are good for Riso printing, gathering up all the supplies, printing one side, blow drying that, printing the other sides, collating, stapling, corner rounding (if the project calls for that), folding, photos of the finished item, getting it online, mail order and/or dropping off at stores… ACH! I know that I’m missing steps, but that’s the basic format for my personal process.

When I’m publishing my own work, this is done all by my lonesome, but when I work with others, we share most of the labor. I have some equipment that streamlines the process a bit, such as a booklet maker (which staples and folds), but smaller publications can’t be run through it, so it’s back to sitting at a table with huge piles of paper, doing it all by hand. I used to print editions in the thousands, but it’s really hard to deal with that much paper around, so nowadays, I start with editions of 300-500 and just reprint when I need to.
GW- How has making this type of work affected your life?
CP- Ha, ha, ha! Well… in my personal life, I neurotically work on Pegacorn Press all the time, whether that’s putting things together, or doing mail order, etc. When I’m in deadline mode, I often don’t have a personal life. I’m lucky to have a supportive partner who is down to help me when I need it, though I often forge ahead alone. (There’s many late nights, but I’m naturally a night owl, so that’s real helpful.) All my close friends understand my drive/passion and know that when I’m deep in it, I probably won’t make it out to events. Often, they send me texts, or call, to give me little shout outs of encouragements, which is really, really nice.

This is a side rant, but one that I do think is important to address: despite NYC’s obsession with using interns to do all the “busy” work (aka, shit work), I still haven’t had one, though it’s often suggested that I should. I actually don’t believe in the idea of interns for anything but super non-profit/social justice organizations and most definitely, not for any type of even-quasi formal entrepreneurial adventures, even if you’re not making that much money! Basically, if I won’t work for less than $20 an hour, then I wouldn’t try to hire someone for less than that. It would be completely amazing if this whole abusive and total waste of time internship model was transformed into something that was more equitable for both parties. If you don’t have money to hire someone, but have a lot of work that you can’t do for some reason, perhaps consider a more equitable apprenticeship, or a barter/trade model where both parties can both benefit across the board.

In my world, I try to work in a way that makes putting things out a super low stress endeavor, which requires following an intense work schedule so that everything doesn’t pile up. This doesn’t always work, despite my best intentions. While it’s incredible to own all my own printing equipment and have access to it all the time, it also means maintenance and dealing with machine breakdowns. Sometimes, there have been some ultra, pull-out-your-hair-and-scream-like-all-hell printing nightmares. I’ve spent a lot of my time in my studio tinkering with my Risos, cursing, wanting to sledge hammer everything, doing magical dances and singing songs, in an attempt to coax them back into better printing conditions. Again, having a partner and friends who understand what I’m doing, is really helpful! I’ve weighed the pros and cons of what I do and still have determined that while it can be a real pain in the ass sometimes, I love what I do and it is totally worth it!
GW- Would you explain some of the things you’ve learned in your bookmaking career that might help someone who might not have that level of experience?
CP- Diligence. Having high quality standards. Studying/talking with others who do what you’re trying to do. Really, as with most things, you need to do something consistently in order to really refine your craft, whatever that may be. I’ve been asked this question a lot, from being in bands, to making art, and it always comes down to “practice makes perfect.” People are dissuaded from continuing to do something because they don’t like the initial outcome, even though they have only tried once, or only several times, at whatever is it they are trying to accomplish. They look at someone who has done something for a long time and say, “I WANT TO DO THAT!”, not really absorbing that it took that person probably years to really master their practice. You gotta just keep doing it, over and over and over again. In time, you will either get to where you want to be, or, it may even lead you to something that you never expected you’d be interested in!
GW- Have you received any memorable responses from readers?
CP- I get responses from people all over the world on a regular basis and that’s a big part of what keeps me going. One of the best though, was that someone was inspired to start a New Year’s Eve party called a “Unicorgy New Year’s,” after ordering Sy Wagon’s, Those Fucking Unicorns.
GW-  Do you have any future books coming out you’re excited about?
CP- Im in the middle of getting ready for a solo retrospective at Booklyn, later this Spring, which is a truly exciting opportunity. That being said, I’ve been working on making box sets of EVERY publication that I’ve ever done myself (and those that have released via Pegacorn Press), which is over twenty something releases that I’ve been able to find in all my stuff. Due to using totally non-archival materials (such as duct tape and sharpie pens) as a teen, I’ve had to scan everything to reprint it via laserjet, which has become and epic adventure in time- a real throwback to late 1990’s/early 2000’s zine culture! (Please take note: even if you store your work in the best possible situations, if you use non archival materials, they don’t seem to look that great after ten years or so.) This has been so insane of an endeavor, that a lot of Pegacorn Press projects have had to be put on hold for now. After this show is up and the artist books and box sets are out in April, I hope to have a couple new releases for CAKE in Chicago in June!
Winter Solstice Pop Up Shop this Saturday, 12-5pm

This Saturday, December 21st, from 12pm-5pm, I’ll be having a super informal “holiday shop,” over at Coast Cycles, in Brooklyn, NY. If you’re in the NYC area and wanting to get a 2014 Paquita Calendar (it’s 5th year!!!), or any other Pegacorn Press publication, now is the time to save on shipping and be ready with some holiday gifts. There will be package deals on everything, as well as some complimentary hot beverages to sip on before you head back into the cold!

Buy 5 calendars ($10 each), get the sixth free, or if you really want to do it up, buy 10 and get 2 extras. Cash and checks work, as well as sending money via Paypal from your phone. (If you’re not able to make it, you can still order through Etsy and Storenvy, though in person, calendars are only $10, not $12+shipping AND you’re welcome to haggle/barter with me in a friendly way.)

Coast Cycles is at the end of Charles Place, which is right by the coffee shop Little Skips, in the Bushwick neighborhood. Get to the intersection of Willoughby and Myrtle and you’ll see Norbert’s Pizza on the left and Little Skips on the right- that’s Charles Place. At the end of that little half street, there’s a garage with a chicken riding a bike- the door is to the right.

beachorbust:

alexanderheir:

Support an awesome art space and score some holiday gifts for cheap at the BOOKLYN HOLIDAY POP UP SHOP in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
More info here!

this is tomorrow! art show kegger party 
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pop-up shop w/ art, zines, prints, ceramics, sculptures under $100

Lot’s of Pegacorn Press publications available at this, as well as other badass art! Come by!

beachorbust:

alexanderheir:

Support an awesome art space and score some holiday gifts for cheap at the BOOKLYN HOLIDAY POP UP SHOP in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

More info here!

this is tomorrow! art show kegger party 

+

pop-up shop w/ art, zines, prints, ceramics, sculptures under $100

Lot’s of Pegacorn Press publications available at this, as well as other badass art! Come by!

Spread the word!

Curators Aimee Lusty and Kate Wadkins seek submissions for a feminist art zine to be released at the close of BRASS IN POCKET, a group show opening Friday, September 13, 2013 at Booklyn Artists Alliance.

The zine seeks to represent contemporary feminist artists who explore new…

brassinpocket-booklyn:

The Booklyn Art Gallery is hosting our third open call for submissions to be published in a collaborative zine to be released later this Fall coinciding with our upcoming exhibition. The exhibition, titled “Brass In Pocket,” explores New York based women working in different media with the…