We are delighted to present Ringaround, a new fall-inspired zine by Ari Bird. It is a visual narrative about the distance between people, between their dreams and what others see in them. This is a view into a girl’s somewhat macabre dream world, including illustrations, photographs, and objects found and reclaimed.
The following is an interview with the artist herself (pictured on the right above at her zine release at Adobe Books earlier this month):
Ari—full of surprises and stories to tell, we mostly know you as an amazing illustrator, printmaker, bookbinder, and writer. This is our first time seeing your photography. What inspired to pick up a camera?
I took a manual photography class while I was in school and really enjoyed the process. My partner Matt has a beautiful Minolta SR-T 101 and I just thought, “Why don’t I use it?” and now I just want it to accompany me everywhere. I like photography because everything everyone sees everyday is your medium, and you get the task of filtering out what your eyes like in that heap of visual stimuli.
I have always been a fan for your drawings. Maybe I’m just a sucker for ink and a brush, but your images have always had personal feeling to them with underlying tones of the humorous, the supernatural, and even the gory. How do you come up with such magical imagery?
I collect old papers and ephemera and try to find the ghosts that are already in my head and in other people who I observe. Ink drawing is very fun for me because sometimes I feel like the brush and ink are guiding my hand, and that’s when the work and brushstrokes look better. It’s relaxing, ritualistic.
Do you know any good ghost stories? Has anything supernatural ever happened to you?
When I was little my friends and I would always scare ourselves by reading creepy stories or watching those weird pulpy 90s crime shows about children that were murdered. But when I was a live-in hospice caregiver I literally slept in the bed that her deceased husband slept in and a ghost cat opened my door and jumped on my belly one night. That is true. Lots of strange things happened in that house. That house almost drove me crazy too.
What is a typical day for Ari Bird?
I like to stay really active. Running around working on art projects, sending parcels at the post office, listening to podcasts, biking and taking BART/buses between the city and East Bay. And then at night, having this long drawn out nighttime ritual with tea and cookies and all this shit but then just staying up really late idly perusing the internet and watching things.
Are you a coffee or tea person?
I love both and need a hot drink of some sort at my disposal at all times.
What’s the weirdest thing(s) you collect?
None of my collections are that strange. Bones, Japanese paper, glass jars, art, books, vintage clothes/lace, old postcards (particularly Utah/Mormon ones, cemetery ones, penitentiary ones) old papers/letters, a collection of my great-grandmother’s craft supplies that I actually believe are magic and if I throw them out something ominous will happen, I don’t know. I want a taxidermy collection, but so far only have two moths, a butterfly, and a baby chick… oh and an alligator hand. In the future I’d also like a Dutch modern furniture collection, a cat collection and a typewriter collection. Like a grandmother and Tom Hanks. If I was rich, I’d have so many other collections of valuable things, like old film reels and more art and rare records and rare books and printmaking tools. Ok I think I’ve talked about collecting enough.
Add Ari’s limited edition, lovingly hand-bound zine to your collection by getting it here.
Tiny Splendor turns 2! We want to thank all of our friends for making Tiny Splendor possible. We can’t wait for more years to come. Thank you!
PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE FIRST EAST BAY PRINT SALE
Here are some of the participating artists:
- Kenneth Srivijittakar
- Cynthia Navarro
- Sanaa Khan
- Cindy Ostroff
- Adrian Rotzscher
- Raphael Villet
- Sean Vranizan
- Elle Breidenthal
- Tim Shriver
- Daniel Shimoda
- Michelle Spetner
- Emily Parrish
- and more to come
It is not too late to sign up, send your contact information to MAXSGARAGEPRESS@GMAIL.com to receive submission instructions
New reprint of So You’re An Adult Now.
Hot print and hunter green.
Come check out Seite Books in East LA. So many good finds and friendly folks.
Q&A with Zine Market tablers Tiny Splendor
A collective from the Bay Area with the motto that art should be accessible. Tiny Splendor has run a traveling gallery in the form of zines and other printed matter at various events around California. They’re trying to promote lesser known artists via an affordable medium and have started working here in Los Angeles.
How did you first get in to making zines?
We wanted to share our terrible drawings with our friends
What are some of your current or all time favorite zines?
Eurohobo: Is a how to guide on tramping and train hoping in Europe. Its filled detailed guides / interesting facts applied with witty humor where you can really get a sense of who the author is. After reading this zine you come away with a new appreciation of the road less traveled. All around pretty neat stuff.
Scully: A small collection of images of Dana Scully from X files. It short, sweet and get right to the point. It’s one of those zines that you stumble upon that makes your crack a smile. So good
Hannah K Lee Issue#3 Mascots : hands down one of best use of layering, color, and imagery. It is absolutely amazing, inspires me every time I look at it.
What kind of zines will people find at your table?
Since we work so many different people you will find wide variety of zines ranging from the everyday forgettable to the super natural and everything in between.
Why do you choose to make zines compared to blogs or traditional publishing?
We went to school for printmaking so we are just inherently biased about favoring ink on paper, but there is something more than just that. It is the feeling of flipping paper with your fingers, the way ink sits on a page, subtle choices you choose in color combination and composition. Being able to hold something in your hand creates such an intimate moment that can’t be replaced easily by a brightly lit computer screen. We choose to make Zines it is something you can handle, give away to your friends, and own even if it just sits on top of your toilet. oh and its fun making them too.
You can find their work at http://www.tinysplendor.com
Thanks Adam! <3
so much awesome zine activity happening this week in the East Bay!
this Wednesday 11/13 at McNally’s Pub (5352 College Ave), meet a bunch of zinesters and enjoy art, music and $1 beers at HAMMFEST. Tiny Splendor will be there with no less than 3 brand new zines. we’ll be joining KeepEyes Literary Magazine, artists Maren Salomon, Raphael Villet, and many more.
Saturday 11/16 at Nielsen Arts in Berkeley (1537 Solano Ave) is the opening of Comics, Zines & Illustrations, an awesome showcase of independent Bay Area comics & zine makers including Tiny Splendor and a long list of talented artists which you can check out here. the show will be up till 12/11. opening runs from 7-9pm.
Some things i’ve recently acquired. My friend Sean Vranizan had an art show at his warehouse spot and Tiny Splendor had their booth set up. I bought some zines by Bridget Ho, Sanaa Khan, and Kenny Srivijittakar (all of whom are UCSC graduates! yay! go banana slugs!). My friend Francesca Romeo gave me a copy of her beautiful book Instadream.
Also recently purchased Raphael Villet's (also a UCSC grad!) book Doing It and a print by David Zissou that he’s selling to help him fund his comic Oddite and i’m excited to get both things in the mail soon!
This post is pretty link heavy but I think that all of these artists are pretty A+ and i’m really excited about having their work in some capacity and I just wanted to share my excitement with you :3 Definitely go check them out because they all make really rad artwork.
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Thanks Vivian <3
In the spirit of Halloween, Tiny Splendor presents a ZINE LAUNCH this Wednesday November 6th at Adobe Books (3130 24th St., San Francisco). Ari Bird will be debuting her newly Risographed artist zine, RINGAROUND, printed with us and hand assembled with hidden surprises. Alexandra Jane Williams will be releasing her artist zine THREE HEADS printed with Colpa Press. Starts at 6:30 pm. Artwork, hand bound books, and SMILES and other bands playing music.