Portland Zine Symposium
As if Portland, Oregon wasn’t pleasant and awesome enough already; the 13th annual Portland Zine Symposium took place this past weekend giving zinesters and indie publishers a venue for trading, selling, and showing off DIY paper goods.
Organized by a team of six heavy-hitting organizers including Stolen Sharpie Revolution’s Alex Wrekk, Ms.Valerie Park Distro’s Joshua Amberson, and PDX MC Christina ‘Blue’ Crow; Portland Zine Symposium was a well thought-out event which seemed to cater to the zinester over the customer with snacks, workshops, and off-site mingle events.
Cutting down stress and keeping Portland Zine Symposium a two-day event, Portland’s DIY community had plenty of time to wander the vast aisles of hand-printed and personally made goods. Mirroring Portland’s DIY support and countercultural print community, I’d say PDX is one of the most hospitable printmaking and zinemaking locales I’ve visited yet.
Hosting a Zine Prom at Portland’s Independent Publishing Resource Center, Portland Zine Symposium made sure to highlight the incredible resource that is the IPRC. With community letterpress facilities, a zine library, bookbinding tools, and more, the Independent Publishing Resource Center is THE go-to place for printing on the fly and in good company. Here are some photos to help recap the event (all taken by Christina ‘Blue’ Crow):
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