Swap-bot Time: December 18, 2017 12:48 am


Date Joined: January 8, 2010
Last Online: December 10, 2017
Birthday: February 22, 1955
Country: United States
collages & mail art

About Me

My name is Fiona Webster, but you can call me Fi (pronounced "fee"). I'm a 62-yr-old artist (collage, mail art) & writer (mostly nonfiction) & retired physician. I live in Maryland (DC area), but I'm originally from Houston—so I'm one homesick Texan. I've been married for 38 years to a ponytailed botanist. We have no kids (by choice). We live with a pair of cats (brother & sister littermates). We're neo-pagans—IndoEuropean wiccan/druidic with a substantial dash of Hinduism.

Favorite Books

—collected works of Edgar Allan Poe
—collected works of Oscar Wilde
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
—Cormac McCarthy's early works, especially Blood Meridian
—Malcolm Lowry's Under the Volcano
—Don DeLillo's White Noise
—everything by James Salter, especially Solo Faces
—all of horror literature, from its earliest days, through Stephen King, to the latest stuff (not vampire juvenilia, though: note my age)

Favorite Music

Patti Smith (I've been a HUGE fan ever since 1976)
—plus Laurie Anderson, Talking Heads (David Byrne!), Radiohead, Neil Young
—plus lotsa stuff, including contemporary alternative, Green Day, Foo Fighters, Bruce, the Dead, old-rock-n-roll revivalists like George Thorogood, old psychedelia, blues rock in general...I'm always educating myself about old rock-n-roll, and Sirius XM's Deep Tracks channel is my ever-present tutor.

Favorite Movies

—the collected œuvres of David Lynch (I used to say the only TV I've really liked is "Twin Peaks," but I must admit, I've gotten into "Breaking Bad," "The Walking Dead," and "Game of Thrones." Also, the hub-sand and I are avid Formula 1 fans!)
—"The Ghostbusters"
—"The Rocky Horror Picture Show"
—"The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension"
—"Fight Club"
—the "Alien(s)" series
horror movies in general (old, new, foreign, offbeat, you name it)
—but what I really love are SPLATTER movies inspired by Herschell Gordon Lewis (e.g., Sam Raimi's "Evil Dead 2" & Peter Jackson's "Dead Alive")
—and, of course, (look at my avatar—hint: that's not the late great Madeline Kahn up there)...you guessed it: James Whale's "Bride of Frankenstein" (do check out "Gods and Monsters" for further immersion in the essence of Bride-ness)

Favorite Crafts

—collage (cut paper)
—mail art
—rubber stamping
—anything Dada

Favorite Art

—I adore abstracts
dark artists, like Joe Coleman, Francis Bacon, Otto Dix, George Grosz, Matthias Grunewald, Sue Coe
Dada & Surrealism
—Hans Arp, Pierre Bonnard, Paul Gauguin, Salvador Dali, Paul Delvaux , Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Gordon Onslow Ford, Ralph Goings, Keith Haring, Wassily Kandinsky, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Kasimir Malevich, William Morris (arts & crafts!), C.F.A. Voysey, James Abbot McNeill Whistler

What I Like

—anything related to ART, fine or otherwise (I don't make highbrow-lowbrow distinctions; I especially love just about all of painting from about 1890 onward); art postcards are great!
—anything in French: Je travaille pour apprendre cette belle langue, donc si vous pouviez m'écrire en français, j'aimerais ça!
—anything made of paper I can use in a collage (you'd be surprised at what I can use; unusual & foreign magazines w/ interesting pictures especially welcome), especially if it's weird or visually dramatic
—I'm always ready to purchase or trade for unused US postage stamps of any denomination (especially those older than this year &/or with animals on them)
—anything with DARK content; think: imagery like that in horror books & movies, the creepier side of Hallowe'en, seriously bizarre were-creatures, but also progressive political imagery that tends toward the more dark & confrontational side of things (e.g., Sue Coe, Eric Drooker)
rubber stamps (if weird or dark, of course)
—tchotchkes of all types that are related to horror, violence, darkness, horror movies (even if they're kitschy =grin=)
—I'm into ocean critters, especially FISH, especially sharks
—I'm into fierce critters in general, like carnivorous dinosaurs, big cats, monsters both real & surreal (the scary kind, not the cute kind)
—anything useful in the way of pagan religious paraphernalia (e.g., candles, incense, stones/crystals, fabric for altar cloths, small bowls)
rocks in general; semi-precious, of course, but also just "plain rocks", like one from near where you live
—anything related to Edgar Allan Poe (or related to my other faves in books/music/movies/art)
—things that smell good (see favorites below)
—and if it's from India, I'll probably love it, especially if it pertains to the Hindu religion
—I love long (lightweight) scarves and long bead necklaces, the longer the better
—favorite colors: I like all colors! but if you insist on asking me my favorites, they're purple and orange (except hazard orange, which I think is vaguely hideous), although I don't think they go together all that well, so if you're choosing, please choose one or the other (they both combine great with green!); I also adore all colors in nature, such as greens (all of them, even neon/fluorescent/dayglo green), blues (especially turquoise & royal blue & any marine blues), browns (think tree trunks), greys (ditto), BLACK, and of course all the colors that fish & dinosaurs come in. And I really dig orange & black, both because I'm a Hallowe'en person, and because they're my university colors. When it comes to metals, I'm a silver person all the way, although I do think photos of gold objects make great accents for collage.
—favorite fabrics: silk of all types, black velvet, rayon
—favorite scents: sandalwood, nag champa, frankincense, cinnamon, vetiver, jasmine, orange blossom, lavender, patchouli, vanilla, those in the woodsy/grassy family & all essential oils
—have I mentioned I'm into the DARK side of things? =laugh=

What I Don't Especially Go For

—cutesy stuff (e.g., kawaii)
—pop culture aimed at children (e.g., Disney or Japanese cartoon characters)
—anything super-feminine: I'm not the girly-girly type
—Christian religious items
—scents that are super-sweet floral or artificial scents (especially those intended to smell like food)
—recipes (I don't cook much)(but you can send me sweets, including black licorice =grin=)
—sincere apologies if you're into it, but I think Zetti is evil; if you think so, too, write to me and maybe we can start a movement =laugh=

Swap Specific

Postcard Swaps: I'm not all that picky, so long as they're not cutesy, but I prefer PC's that are either (1) made by you, (2) reproductions of art, or (3) very peculiar. Send me your PC's that you think are too strange or dark or ugly. I adore the older PC's with the wavy borders. And I'd love it if you wrote a note about your day, or told me something weird about yourself! =grin=

Envelope Swaps: I especially like 4" x 9” or 6" x 9", because I tend to write my letters on 8.5" x 11" paper, but I can use other sizes, too. I love envies made out of way-out interesting paper, especially colorful maps. If you're decorating it, please dial back on the cuteness, if you can. =smile= Weird is great! So are nature themes (animals, plants, whatever).

Journal Swaps: I like it when you use the journal as a journal—that is, not just theme topics & quotations & lists & artwork, but also a little bit about your daily life—what's happening during the period you're writing the journal. You can write about anything: your religion, your family, your perversities, whatever. It's impossible to offend me. I really enjoy people!


Comment: Hi Fi, nice to swap with you again! Cool postcard - the orangey bits look vaguely like bacon. I'm always impressed at how other people can make collages without any glue wrinkles. What is your secret??
Response: No secret at all: I just can't seem to convince anyone of how powerful this tool is—the Xyron sticker maker. I have one in 2 1/2" and one in 9".
skydancer rated for CC: Sender's Choice July 2017 USA on Aug 9, 2017
Comment: I absolutely love this PC! It's perfect. Both creative and well executed technique. Thank you.
Response: I'm so glad you like it, Renée! Thanks for the heart...
Angie rated for CC: Fish postcard on Jul 30, 2017
Comment: Hi Fi! Thanks for the super cool postcard! Like a surreal dream!
Response: Thank you thank you thank you!
mgallardo68 rated for CC: Janus for January on Feb 7, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for such a lovely piece of your art with so many details and care.... Loved it the Chapter.... Symbolic and deep! I wish you too a great 2017.. Keep doing your hard work, being alive is worthy!!! Hugs!!!
Response: Thanks so much for your kind words! and for the heart!
Dasha rated for AMA Sender's Choice-JAn on Jan 18, 2017
Comment: Thank you for an awesome postcard. I think it is in Kandinsky style? Those bright colors are awesome and it is just right now my fav piece of snail mail. :) Will write more in a message asap.
Response: Definitely Kandinsky style: in fact, it's a semi-copy of one particular Kandinsky: look for the bright red one and you'll find it. I'll be writing to you soon, on paper, I hope. (I really like pen and and ink and paper!) Thanks for the heart....
lena1489 rated for Black and Green Mail Art on Jun 14, 2016
Response: Thanks for the rating.
LizFinn rated for Burnt Mail Art on May 23, 2016
Comment: Great job! Thanks.
Response: Thanks for the heart, Liz!
Comment: Thank you for the postcard; it was nice to read about the things we have in common:)
Response: Thank you for the rating, Lucine.
BTim rated for CC: Sender's Choice PC - MARCH 2016 on Apr 6, 2016
Comment: Loved this postcard! Great to see we have so many interests in common.
Response: 'Glad you like it, Tim—and thanks for the heart!
marissa477 rated for SMA: Spring Fling with Flowers on Mar 28, 2016
Comment: I love your postcard!!! All the decoration is great. Yes, I love QiGong. I tore my meniscus and ACL last summer and QiGong has been wonderful for me.
Response: I'm glad you like it—and thanks for the heart!
camelsamba rated for CC: Dog Collage USA on Mar 26, 2016
Comment: You guessed right, I like my minimalist dog postcard. The pooches look so soulful! And great stamps as well :^)
Response: Yes, don't those dogs look full of soul—and the blues, too! Thanks for the heart....
MamaMangrove rated for CC: In The Desert Mail Art on Mar 26, 2016
Comment: Delighted to get your great card, Fi, Love all your imagery, especially the burial cairns, scorpion & those fun Oaxacan woodcarvings. I'm a big fan of them. Your postcard made me pull out that bottle of tequila I've been saving though, so excuse me while I go round up the lime & salt!
Response: You GO for it, Linda! I'm a tequila drinker myself...thanks for the heart, and I look forward to getting something from YOU some day. =smile=
bigmamabird rated for SMA: Spring Fling with Flowers on Mar 25, 2016
Comment: The tulip mania was a fascinating subject for me back in the day...Many thanks for the card, for some reason the blue squiggle really catches my eye!
Response: Yeh, those Dutch really went wild, didn't they? I'm glad you like the blue squiggle. =grin= Thanks for the heart...
Comment: Thank you for your great postcard. We seem to have a few interests in common! I hope we meet up in another swap soon
Response: I'm glad you like it! Thanks for the heart, and I hope we swap again, too!
ktk8 rated for CC: A Bit of Purple on Jun 1, 2015
Comment: love the bit of purple postcard….. Did you go to Kinkaid School???? my hubby was a 4th grade teacher there from 89- 2002…. so you've been a TEXAN….. I went to school in Missouri….in Nevada….small world…..thanks for the great postcard!
Response: Your comments are great! Yes, I went to Kinkaid, and my mother was the principal of the lower school way back in the mid-60s through 70s. Thanks for the heart!
wolfeagle rated for CC: A Bit of Green on May 29, 2015
Comment: Thanks Fi. Glad you are feeling better.
GinaVisione rated for CC: A Bit of Blue on May 28, 2015
Comment: Thanks Fi! Wonderful PC. Great to see you in the mail!
Response: Thanks, Gina!
georgiafae rated for CC: A Bit of Yellow on Feb 16, 2015
Comment: This was a wonderfully large and full of fun postcard. Love the vintage illustrations-so diverse Thanks for putting on a Poe postage stamp!
Response: Thanks for your nice comment and thanks for the heart!
PaperPassion rated for CC: A Bit of Orange on Jan 22, 2015
Comment: I can tell that lots of thought and work went into this super size postcard.Thankyou so much.
Response: Thanks for the rating, Linda!
shreve rated for CC: A Bit of Pink on Dec 29, 2014
Comment: Thank you so much for the great postcard. I love the pink fish. These bit of color postcards are so fun.
Response: Thanks for the heart, Laura! I'm glad you're enjoying the series.

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lou on Nov 28, 2017:

Please read your private messages, thanks

lou on Feb 24, 2017:

Happy Birthday Month from WIYM group!

wolfeagle on Dec 31, 2016:


bigmamabird on Dec 19, 2016:

Aw Fiona... You haven't given up on me and man that's just so kind and also great! I'd like another go at getting a correspondence going. I don't know why my last attempt failed..? I still have the letter I started, a couple pages worth I think...I'll dig them up and see if they are still worth sending. Written words are a challenge I guess, though I love words, and stories. Cheers!

2012ash on Feb 21, 2015:

Happy Birthday Fi.

papercaper on Feb 20, 2015:


papercaper on Feb 20, 2015:

I had to wait almost exactly a year to be early for your birthday, but I did it! HAPPY big milestone BIRTHDAY, FI! 60 years on you, and don't you wear them well? If only you could spread yourself further and wider. Every little girl deserves to meet interesting, inspiring women of all ages who keep the pilot light of life alive in them. Young G. will have to be the lucky keeper of the flame for now. ;) Enjoy your special day! Do N + O know anout candles? Supervised mischief only, kitten mittens! x x x

bluemonkeymama on Jun 19, 2014:

I'm happy you like the PC! No rush at all on sending something out to me. I'm terribly jealous of your new kittens! Have fun with those little cuties! :)

SFreer on Jun 4, 2014:

Your kitties are sweet! They certainly do have large ears, but how adorable!

ColoradoKate on May 1, 2014:

Thank you so much for the fantastic postcard! If I'd been braver in my youth, I might've stood next to those girls in similar garb. ;D

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