Have you ever been curious about who makes the handbound books BatCat Press produces? This year, we’ll be introducing you to our four new staff members that work year-round on creating our beautiful journals and publications! We hope you enjoy!
Nova is our first featured staff member of the 2016 – 2017 year! Nova’s been at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School, BatCat Press’s home base, for five years, but this is her first (official) year on the press.
FAVORITE BOOK: The Princess Bride by William Goldman
FAVORITE AUTHOR: Clive Barker
FAVORITE GENRE TO READ: Surrealism
FAVORITE GENRE TO WRITE: Creative non-fiction and comedic fiction
OTHER INTERESTS: Craftwork, like knitting, crocheting, needle point, embroidery, cross stitch, needle tatting, bobbin lace. She’s also “dabbled” in chainmail and pottery, newly began rugmaking, and has been avoiding looms. She claims, “If a wealthy woman did it in the 1800’s because she wasn’t allowed to be employed, I do it too.”
Nova has always been a particularly crafty person, so it was only natural that she end up on BatCat. “I thought this could really enrich my abilities,” she said. Obviously, she’s a particularly avid creator, often just for fun or to test out new skills, but she prefers to have a purpose.
“It’s really fricking expensive to pay for on your own materials,” she added, “and BatCat allows me to not only learn different things, but to do so in an environment where I know I’m not wasting time or supplies. You get to make things that are actually sold and mean something, not just things that are just handed off to relatives.”
Of course, the craftier side of BatCat is her favorite. “I’m always picking up new craft items and working on how to excel at them, and BatCat is an exceptional place to do that. Putting things together and learning new ways to make something—that’s what I really enjoy doing.”
Besides creating journals, Nova also went to Handmade Arcade this year and helped out at BatCat’s booth. She really enjoyed getting to be a vendor, not just a visitor, especially because she was able to interact with many different types of people.
“There were these big rough guys who were interested in the music books,” she said. “A lot of younger kids, as well. I liked being able to explain to everyone that we’re student-run and see how they react. A lot of them are really impressed that the books and things are made by children.”
She was very comfortable talking to everyone that came up to the booth, in part because in her nonprofit work, she’s usually very focused on people and communicating with them. She works mostly with Media Empowerment Student Summit (or MESS, for short), where she helps run events.
“We take in other groups and show off what they’re doing and create an environment that allows people to come together,” she explained. “It’s like hyper-interactive TEDTalks.”
Keep an eye out for the other new staff members!
Olivia C, postgraduate intern