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PZS Exhibitor: Phoebe & Jamie of Lines and Vision Press

Where do you live?

Portland, OR. 

If this is your first time tabling at Portland Zine Symposium, what excites you most about Portland and its zine community?

Universally speaking, we (Phoebe and Jamie) are excited by the idea of people taking creative expression into their own hands. It is just the two of us right now, but we are excited to meet new folks and exchange ideas/collaborate. We hope to start up a press someday!

Share with us an image of you creating and/or your creative space. What is your zine-making process?
P: I don’t have a creative space and I often do the creating alone, so there isn’t much documentation. My zine-making process is often done in huge bursts. I sit down and write a lot. Then I will come back and edit. Then I sit down and write a lot. Then I put it all together. I will create chunks of things that feel cohesive and then feel very ready to move onto the next topic or feeling.
J: My predominant medium is photography. Mostly, the image consists of me in a dialogue with another human or object, working towards one understanding of our relationship. This lately, has been outside in a tiny greenhouse my roommate Misha built. Writing, for me, happens most often when I’m in movement. I scribble things down furiously and then edit and compile after a time.
How do you keep inspired?
We are both constantly inspired by lots of different things, we try to remain open to everything that passes through our lives that spark our interest.
P: I’m in massage school and this has been a huge source of inspiration as it has forced me to become more body-aware than I ever have before. I have been inspired most recently by what it means to be alive in this body right now, emotionally, physically, etc.
J: I’m inspired by body politics, justice in a myriad of forms, and plants. I think zines are an incredible medium to share your personal visions of the world. This drives me to continue to seek ways of creating work that can be shared and held in one’s hand easily. 

If you could give your 16th year old teen self a zine, which one would it be?

J: Mine would most likely not be a zine, but Cunt. I would just give that too myself all over again, two years earlier. I think any zine that encompasses alternative forms of health are powerful and radical in the extreme– because it takes care into your own hands. So important.
P: Funnily enough mine would be a zine by Jamie. I was randomly shown “Rooms I Have Lived in” and was completely taken by it. I read it over and over. It was very raw. It made me want to make something and back when I was 16 I think seeing something like that would have reminded me that it is good and important to be creative, to create.
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