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First Time PZS Exhibitor: Erika Rier

Where do you live?

I currently live in Portland, OR. I’ve been moving around my whole life so have also lived in Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, NYC, Arizona, and Washington state.

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

This is my first time tabling at Portland Zine Symposium! I’ve also been helping out where I can as a PZS volunteer. Though my contribution as a volunteer has been small, I’m really excited to be part of an event that I helped to make happen (even if those ways were very small). Having only lived in Portland for a little over a year, I’ve been excited to be part of the PZS community and the amazing people making it happen this year.

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

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My zine-making process differs for each zine. I often have a list of ideas waiting to hit the drawing table and as I have time to create a new zine I’ll choose something from my list to create. From there I usually make a very rough little map/storyboard of what I want the zine to look like and I’ll make a rough mini mockup with scrap paper. From there I cut paper and draw. Once the zine is illustrated I scan it, sometimes I add words on the computer if I decided not to do hand lettering. I always print and assemble at the Independent Publishing Resource Center since I volunteer there once a week and in general, I just like spending time there.

The las two zines I created were a little different. I had the idea for them and just immediately set to work painting them. From start to finish, both these projects were conceived, executed, and printed within a 24 hour period. Seeing as my usual work is very detailed and labor intensive, it felt really amazing to create pieces I was happy with in such a short period of time.

How do you keep inspired?

I stay inspired by working on my art everyday. I am always drawing and brainstorming and thinking about what I want create. Sure, I only have time to create a handful of the projects I conceive but by always being open to new ideas for pieces it kind of ensures that I have this well of concepts to pull from when I’m feeling less inspired.

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

Probably Other People’s Plants by Kate Bingaman Burt because it’s beautiful and simple and somehow funny. While I made zines when I was 16, the more deeply I got into fine art the less I felt like zines were an outlet for me. To have seen a zine full of drawing’s like Other People’s Plants might have prevented me from having a 20 year gap in my zine-making life.

What are you working on for this year’s Portland Zine Symposium? Share with us some photos of your new work!

I have two new zines that are ready to make their debut. The first is titled, Crumbled on Beaches, and it’s an illustrated accordian zine with a poem of sorts. The second, Bodies of Work. Regret. Water., is an illustrated zine that is a free association on the word Body and my dysfunctional relationship with my own. If I stay really focused this week I may finish one other new zine as well.

website: http://www.erikarier.com

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