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Portland Zine Symposium / Uncategorized  / PZS 2017 EXHIBITOR INTERVIEWS: Erika Rier


This year PZS will have different exhibitors Saturday and Sunday. You will find Erika Rier on Sunday at table 18A.
Project name: Erika Rier
Project website/blog/social media presence:
1-How did you get into zines? OR How were you introduced to zines?
I started making zines and self-published books in the early 90’s when I was about 13. I was really into a lot of riot grrrl, punk, and local indie music as well as things like Sassy magazine. Between hanging out a record stores, reading zine reviews in Sassy & Maximum Rock and Roll, it seemed inevitable that i would make zines. I’ve always been obsessed with magazines in general so the idea of making my own has always appealed to me.
2-If you didn’t make zines, what do you think you’d be doing?
Still making art and writing and if not art and writing I think I’d be a chef.
3-What are your inspirations?
I find inspiration in all the little details of life whether it’s how some moss is growing on a stonewall or the way a stranger on the bus is dressed or some random snippet of conversation. I’m also endlessly inspired by my daughter and her ceaseless creativity and always interesting perspective on the world. More and more of my zines are either active collaborations with her or are created with a lot of feedback from her.
4-What projects do you have lined up for 2017?
I have four main things I’m getting ready for as we enter the second part of 2017. I have a solo art show at Multnomah Art Center Gallery which opens September 3rd. I’m also preparing for Short Run in Seattle which I’m trying to get a second issue of my Gentlewoman’s Guide ready for. Right before that I’ll be part of the Center of Contemporary Art in Seattle’s 24 Hour Art Marathon and Auction. And finally, I’m also having a solo show in December at Sizzle Pie’s Quality Bar in Downtown Portland. Typing this all out has suddenly made me very anxious about how much work I have ahead of me!
5-Our theme for this year is the Apocalypse. What 3 things would you want to have with you to survive?
A PITT artist pen sized S that never ran out of ink and a tip that never wore out, a large plain Midori notebook that never ran out of pages, and lots of little crunchy snacks.