I am excited to announce that I am launching a publishing company called Big Bad Bettie Press! With a love for the printed form and the tangible object, we will make artist books, zines, publications, and special edition objects.
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BBB Press is inspired by my grandmother, Big Bad Bettie. Yes, that is what they called her. She was bold, brassy, and creative. A badass chick in her day. She was a bit kooky at times and a bit of a drunk at times. (It was the 60’s.) But she was a leader and marched to the beat of her own drum. This is what we aim to do with BBB Press.
This year has been filled with incredible highs - graduation, awards, exhibitions - and also several lows - anyone notice the job market for MFA's is terrible? (-; Since graduating, my brain has swirled with questions like: What in the world do I do next?, How do I keep a dialogue going with my community?, and How do I continue my work and research while keeping a roof over my head? I reached out to talented colleagues and fellow artists: Liz Smith, Cait Molloy, Stephanie A Lindsey, and Stacy Bebie-Laiderman. At the core, the driving force behind this adventure, is a passion for the belief that artists and creatives should be apart of the batter not just the icing. Transforming fear into courage and marching to the beat of our own drum Big Bad Bettie Press was born. We're not sure how this will all work out yet, but we're going for it! As Big Bad Bettie herself always said, "Let's run it up the flag pole and see who salutes."
Our first venture is Rabbit Rabbit, a limited edition arts & culture publication that acts like a portable exhibition. Each issue will bring together artists, non-artists, and thought leaders to comment on a theme. The title comes from a funny family superstition of saying "rabbit rabbit" on the first day of each month for good luck. As many of our BBB Press team are recent grads, our first issue will explore the theme of transition and be full of art and writings from recent graduates with masters and PhD's in a variety of fields.
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