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PZS Exhibitor: Erin Nations

We’ll be posting short interviews each day with the many exhibitors tabling at the 2016 Zine Symposium. Come meet all of these amazing zinesters, Saturday July 9th at Ambridge Event Center here in Portland, OR. Remember, there is only 1 day of tabling at this year’s Symposium. On Sunday July 10th, you’ll find us hosting a Skillshare day at the Independent Publishing Resource Center. Keep checking in with the site for additional exhibitor interviews, workshop and panel schedules, and fun events leading up to the Symposium.

Where do you live?

North Portland.

If this is your first time tabling at Portland Zine Symposium, what excites you most about Portland and its zine community?

This will by my third time tabling at PZS and even though I’m not new to the community, I do look forward to seeing new stuff and meeting new people (both locally and from other cities) even though I’m painfully shy at times.

Share with us an image of you creating and/or your creative space. What is your zine-making process?

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When I have an idea for a zine, before I start creating the content, I also envision what I want the appearance to look like, such as the size, cover design, type of paper, etc. I’ll jot down notes and draw rough sketches or thumbnails. I only make art zines, so I either put together a compilation of sketchbook drawings and comics or I’ll create something new. Often, I work with ink, pens, or gouache. When the artwork is done, I scan it, clean it up in Photoshop, lay it out in InDesign, print it, cut it, and staple.
How do you keep inspired?

If I stay productive and create on a daily basis, I find it hard to loose inspiration. It’s only when I go weeks without doing anything that I feel like I have a creative block. Also, browsing or reading zines, comics, going to art shows, watching arthouse films…seeing things that are influential also inspire me.

If you could give your 16th year old teen self a zine, which one would it be?

Oh gees…That’s a tough question. I have a hard time limiting things to one. I actually don’t think I knew what a zine was at 16. I was only exposed to mainstream media and, in 1998, the Internet wasn’t like it is today and there was no social media… I think I’d just give my 16-year-old self a handful lowbrow art zines, zines featuring underground comics, feminism, and queer zines. I wish I would have been exposed to all those things when I was a teen instead of when I was in college. Not only would it have been educational and eye opening, but I think I would have been influenced to make zines sooner than later.
What are you working on for this year’s Portland Zine Symposium? Share with us some photos of your new work! 
I’m pretty excited to share my new work! There are a few new things I’ll be bringing to my table this year. I have a zine called Meow, which features 13 painted cat portraits and a description of each one’s crazy characteristics, interests, dislikes, and odd quirks. I’m also putting together one right now called Introverted, which is just a compilation of comics and drawings from my sketchbook. I think I’m gonna put it in a zine pack with stickers and buttons. I even made a t-shirt (I’m hoping I’ll have them screen-printed in time.)
website: http://erin-nations.tumblr.com/