Emily Alden Foster

Every time I ride the bus I make a drawing. I try to hold my hand very still, but it doesn’t work because the bus is a very jostly mode of trasportation. So I end up with a new and unique nest of scribbles every day. It’s a nonsensical seismographic record of my daily commute.

This zine has a sampling of the drawings alongside the two conversations I’ve ever had with my fellow passengers about what I’m doing. You can hear me reading part of the zine here.

Watch the animation I made with these drawings here.

Buy the zine here.

Onomastics is the study of names.

Have you ever wondered why there are so many names for hot dogs and so few for french fries? This is the zine for you!

Have you ever met someone who seems to have invented an entire vocabulary of slang that only they can understand?
This is a zine made by one of those people!

Are you fascinated by how things are named, and why one name sticks while others don’t?
This is the zine for you!

This zine does not include any scholarly information about the field of onomastics, but it does include lists of silly names/nicknames for hot dogs, french fries, types of dogs and bees, a baby girl, and both of my cats. At the end there are vocabulary quizzes where you have to guess the meanings of words that my friend Gregg and I use all the time, like “mushmouth” “pigfruit” and “bunny ones.”

Buy it here

Something to Someone #1

This zine is all about my grandma, who was an avid mail-sender throughout most of her life. It’s also about memory and how memories are passed down and become distorted through photographs. I also talk a little bit about her experience with alzheimer’s, how I’m sad that I didn’t ask her more things about her life when I had the chance, and special trips to the bank to get $2 bills with my grandpa.

The zine comes with two envelopes, handmade from pages of books and calendars, to encourage you to send some mail of your own.

Buy it here

Things you can buy from me at Portland Zine Symposium this weekend, plus maybe a new zine if I finish it in time!

Can you solve this without any clues? 

I already made the correct answers and clues, but it would be cool to see if you could figure out a totally different set of words that fit in the same spaces, right?

Can you solve this without any clues?

I already made the correct answers and clues, but it would be cool to see if you could figure out a totally different set of words that fit in the same spaces, right?

emilyaldenfoster:

Spelling Bee. 

These are some words I know. Typed on watercolored graph paper and decorated with a pen.

Rebloggin myself from 4 years ago because I like these words.

emilyaldenfoster:

Spelling Bee.

These are some words I know. Typed on watercolored graph paper and decorated with a pen.

Rebloggin myself from 4 years ago because I like these words.

PewPew! 

One of my videos is one of the many art things Laser Cat shoots out of his eyes. 

You can still  feed your artwork to Laser Cat or invite him to your town. It’s most recently been shooting art lasers over Barcelona and Miami, but wants to go wherever.

PewPew!

One of my videos is one of the many art things Laser Cat shoots out of his eyes.

You can still feed your artwork to Laser Cat or invite him to your town. It’s most recently been shooting art lasers over Barcelona and Miami, but wants to go wherever.

I was getting a little overwhelmed by all of the projects I’m working on and not knowing what to work on next and just not working on things as much as I would like, so I made myself a really vague schedule that tells me the category of thing I should work on each day of the week. Tuesdays = VIDEOS, so I am editing and making new frames for my SHMOOZBLOOPS animation. This is gonna take a while to finish, but it’s gonna be real blobular.

awkwardladiesclub:

katiepdx:

Exciting!!! #portlandzinesymposium

see you there

Yay! I am excited for this! And this poster is real cute.

awkwardladiesclub:

katiepdx:

Exciting!!! #portlandzinesymposium

see you there

Yay! I am excited for this! And this poster is real cute.

If you’re in Portland, OR please note that Learning to Use the Alphabet (made by the talented Amy Burek and the talented me, excerpted above) will be screening soon in your emerald city of roses.

It’s part of the Animated Type Showcase, so if you thought it was dumb that Amy and I made an animation using a giant stack of letterpress prints, you’re going to hate to see that a bunch of other people did the same thing. But you probably thought it was great that we did that, because you’re no dummy, and in that case you should go to this event and marvel at the fruits of a whole lot of labor.

When: Saturday, May 10, 2014
Where: Independent Publishing Resource Center
1001 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202
Time: 7pm - 8pm

This screening is being billed as an “appetizer” to the Northwest Animation Festival. Other artists include Megan Berner; Jörg Petri; Erin Paulson; Drew Christie; Tracy Honn; Victoria Squires and Louise Evans; John Andrews; Esther Smith and Dikko Faust; Abbey Ahmed; Students of Marnie Powers Torrey; Kent Manske and Nanette Wylde; Elena Fowler; Troy Patterson; Barb Tetenbaum and Marilyn Zornado; Emily Larned; Lilli Carre; Judith Poirier; Claire Baille-Cloke and Angie Butler; Sarah Nicholls; Vida Sacic; Claire McLaughlin from Double Elephant; Allison Bianco, Sarah McDermott, and Martine Workman; and Vera Sebert.

Amy will be there, so say hi to her and tell her she’s great.