Erika Tammpere is based in Rakvere. In 1960, she began her studies at the State Art Institute of the Estonian SSR (now Estonian Academy of Arts) and graduated with a degree in textile art in 1966. She worked as a designer in several Estonian light manufacturing companies, such as the Red Dawn Factory (1966–1970) and the research and production company Mistra (1980–1992). Alongside her job as an industrial designer, she also had time to create large-scale art objects. She came to favour working in the medium of tapestry. Erika Tammpere has been exhibiting for over 50 years. She has been a member of the Estonian Artists Association since 1972 and a founding member of the Estonian Textile Artists Association since 1993. Since 1992, she has been a freelance artist.