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BigSockTramp

BigSockTramp
Date Joined: February 22, 2009
Last Online: April 18, 2021
Birthday: July 16
Country: United States

My Art

I’m an expresssive arts and trauma therapist, but I’ve been neglecting my own art while I was building my career. Now that I’m self employed, I’m going to change that. I was recently reminded how much fun I used to have swapping handmade post cards and ATCs on here, so I’m back! I’m looking forward to the inspiration and playfulness that can come from surprises, connection, and working within constraints.

About Me

I’m a radical queer enby artist living in rural Northern California. I used to love bringing a journal on adventures both near and far. I was that person in the corner of the cafe people watching, sketching, doodling, and writing poetry or vignettes. I hope to do that again. Until then, I’ll be at home taking inspiration from divination and my own healing journey, my cats, and the natural world.

Favorite Crafts

Whatever I feel like at the moment, really. I enjoy crochet, bookbinding, collage, art journaling, altered books, and pen and ink drawing. Getting back into ATCs has reminded me how much I love hand drawing and painting. I like to make things from re-use materials whenever possible. I’ve been bullet journaling for a few years now in a minimalist, utilitarian way.

Likes and Dislikes

I'm in this to be surprised, so don't take these as directives, please. I've included this info in case you desire some suggestions or additional inspiration. Thanks!

Likes: Stripes, saturated colors, genderqueer imagery, trains, linocuts, hats, boots, shoes, comics, words, quotes, fortunes, linguistics, psychology, perverted or pervertable vintage imagery, book arts, astrology, CARDS! (tarot cards, reading flash cards, playing cards, board game cards, cards with random pictures, post cards...) cats, tigers, turtles, spiders, rats, octopuses (octopi?), bright colors, children's books, text book imagery, diagrams, instructions, maps, amusing translations, languages and language, cognitive science, trauma recovery, words, boxes, decaf and herbal tea, handmade, re-use....

Dislikes: Anything scented that gives me a headache, caffeine, really girly stuff, dogs, pastels, yellow by itself or as a main color...

Favorite Books

I'm a reader, so I can't really pick a few favorites. Speculative fiction (especially contemporary fantasy from feminist or queer perspectives) is my favorite escapist reading. Alternative/indie comics are also great, though I’m not as current on what’s good now that I live in a town without a comic store that only stocks mainstream stuff. I also like reading about behavior (human and animal), psychology, and books that teach me practical skills. During 2020, most of my reading has either been contemporary fantasy (mostly Seanan McGuire) or trauma therapy related.

Favorite Music

Anything I can dance to is good. I also quite like lyrics that tell a story. I tend to prefer acoustic over electronic and grass roots music over mainstream super groups unless there’s a nostalgic connection to a particular song or artist.

Ratings

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Comment: Thank you! Super interesting zine you sent too.
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Comment: Hey B/T Craig! Thank you for the mini-zine copies. My favorite is the story one - "Alone." Very cool! I wish you would've tucked in a little note with an explanation of the techniques you used. I'd love to hear about the Rainbow one, too! Happy Swapping!
Response: Both are acrylic mono prints on a gel plate. For the colored one it was mostly subtractive single layer prints; I took the paint off with a brush. For the story one I painted onto the plate and used multiple layers/pulls for most of them. The title page was my first truly successful multi-layer single pull print!
JenZen5 rated for USATC: Feb. Free Theme ATC Swap on Mar 13, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the ATC. I love your artwork on the envelope.
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Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely postcard and the fun fact! I hope we swap again in the future, too!
Crafty rated for ATC SWAP 3 for 3: BEES on Mar 8, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the 3 Bee ATCs! This was a wonderful swap!
Response: Thanks! The bee girl is one of my favorite ATCs I’ve made.
geekgirl1001000 rated for USATC: Any Animal ATC on Mar 7, 2021
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Comment: Love how you made the tiger. Thanks!
Response: Thanks! It was fun to make.
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Comment: Thank you for sharing a great postcard with encouraging words written on it! I’m so glad that you’ve enjoyed the artist tribute PCs thus far!
Bohochick rated for A.I. Add to a Background (part2) on Feb 24, 2021
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Comment: Thanks!
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Comment: Hi B/T! It was so fun to see your mail in my box, and such a cute cat :) And horay for being a superstar, ha ha. Thanks for the note...I wish I had a redwood tree in my yard...!
Response: Glad you liked it!
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Comment: Thanks B/TC. :) A very mail-art style cut n paste round postcard. Got curious about the song "Precious Memories" and spent a half hour listening to different renditions - Tennessee Ernie Ford, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton.
Response: I’m glad it led you to some good music! Now I’m gonna look it up. :)
samsstuff rated for HD/HP ATC Swap #4 - USA ONLY on Feb 7, 2021
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Comment: Thank you! I do like cacti and succulents.
Response: I peeked at your Etsy wish list for inspiration. :)
MBakker rated for metraveller ATC series: Butterflies on Feb 5, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful atc and the amazing card! And anouk is very happy with the cute stickers as well. Xx Monique
Response: Yay!
CluckRN rated for ATC +1 int #12 - 2020 on Feb 3, 2021
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Comment: I loved your ATCs and the adorable card, thank you so much. The pattern on the fortune cookie ATC was so gorgeous 😍
Response: Thanks!
hibiscus rated for A.I. - Background on Feb 3, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for sending the three great backgrounds! I just hope I’m doing this right..
Response: Yeah, I’m a little confused, too. Glad you liked them!
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Comment: Thanks for the gorgeous ATC!
Response: Thanks!
CraftyTara rated for ATC +1 int #12 - 2020 on Jan 29, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for these ATCs, as well, they're great! I'm glad your 2020 had a silver lining. I got really into a lot of new hobbies so it was not all bad for me either!!
Response: Thanks! Sometimes I feel a little survivor guilt for the good parts since others have had such a hard time.
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Comment: I love your butterfly ATC so much! Great card too! :) Thank you!
Response: Thanks!
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Comment: Thank you for the cute atcs :)
Response: Thanks!
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Comment: I love the ATC! Thank you!
Response: Thanks!
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sunnysidey on Mar 13, 2009:

Welcome to the Handmade Postcard Club!

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