Date Joined: January 8, 2010
Last Online: March 25, 2017
Birthday: February 22, 1955
Country: United States
collages & mail art
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‚ÄĒso I'm one homesick Texan. I've been married for 38 years to a ponytailed botanist. We have no kids (by choice). We're neo-pagans‚ÄĒIndoEuropean wiccan/druidic with a substantial dash of Hinduism.
And here are our sweethearts:
They're oriental shorthairs, two years old. The male (on the right) is Oscar‚ÄĒfor Oscar Wilde. The female (left) is N√©nu‚ÄĒshort for n√©nuphar, the French word for water lily.
‚ÄĒcollected works of Edgar Allan Poe
‚ÄĒcollected works of Oscar Wilde
‚ÄĒMoby-Dick by Herman Melville
‚ÄĒCormac McCarthy's early works, especially Blood Meridian
‚ÄĒMalcolm Lowry's Under the Volcano
‚ÄĒDon DeLillo's White Noise
‚ÄĒeverything by James Salter, especially Solo Faces
‚ÄĒall of horror literature, from its earliest days, through Stephen King, to the latest stuff (not vampire juvenilia, though: note my age)
‚ÄĒPatti Smith (I've been a HUGE fan ever since 1976)
‚ÄĒplus Laurie Anderson, Talking Heads (David Byrne!), Radiohead, Neil Young
‚ÄĒplus 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.
‚ÄĒthe collected Ňďuvres 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!)
‚ÄĒ"The Rocky Horror Picture Show"
‚ÄĒ"The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension"
‚ÄĒthe "Alien(s)" series
‚ÄĒhorror movies in general (old, new, foreign, offbeat, you name it)
‚ÄĒbut 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")
‚ÄĒand, of course, (look at my avatar‚ÄĒhint: 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)
‚ÄĒcollage (cut paper)
‚ÄĒI adore abstracts
‚ÄĒdark artists, like Joe Coleman, Francis Bacon, Otto Dix, George Grosz, Matthias Grunewald, Sue Coe
‚ÄĒDada & Surrealism
‚ÄĒHans 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
‚ÄĒanything 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!
‚ÄĒanything in French: Je travaille pour apprendre cette belle langue, donc si vous pouviez m'√©crire en fran√ßais, j'aimerais √ßa!
‚ÄĒanything 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
‚ÄĒI'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)
‚ÄĒanything 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)
‚ÄĒrubber stamps (if weird or dark, of course)
‚ÄĒtchotchkes of all types that are related to horror, violence, darkness, horror movies (even if they're kitschy =grin=)
‚ÄĒI'm into ocean critters, especially FISH, especially sharks
‚ÄĒI'm into fierce critters in general, like carnivorous dinosaurs, big cats, monsters both real & surreal (the scary kind, not the cute kind)
‚ÄĒanything useful in the way of pagan religious paraphernalia (e.g., candles, incense, stones/crystals, fabric for altar cloths, small bowls)
‚ÄĒrocks in general; semi-precious, of course, but also just "plain rocks", like one from near where you live
‚ÄĒanything related to Edgar Allan Poe (or related to my other faves in books/music/movies/art)
‚ÄĒthings that smell good (see favorites below)
‚ÄĒand if it's from India, I'll probably love it, especially if it pertains to the Hindu religion
‚ÄĒI love long (lightweight) scarves and long bead necklaces, the longer the better
‚ÄĒfavorite 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.
‚ÄĒfavorite fabrics: silk of all types, black velvet, rayon
‚ÄĒfavorite scents: sandalwood, nag champa, frankincense, cinnamon, vetiver, jasmine, orange blossom, lavender, patchouli, vanilla, those in the woodsy/grassy family & all essential oils
‚ÄĒhave I mentioned I'm into the DARK side of things? =laugh=
‚ÄĒcutesy stuff (e.g., kawaii)
‚ÄĒpop culture aimed at children (e.g., Disney or Japanese cartoon characters)
‚ÄĒanything super-feminine: I'm not the girly-girly type
‚ÄĒChristian religious items
‚ÄĒscents that are super-sweet floral or artificial scents (especially those intended to smell like food)
‚ÄĒrecipes (I don't cook much)(but you can send me sweets, including black licorice =grin=)
‚ÄĒsincere 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=
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‚ÄĚ 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‚ÄĒthat is, not just theme topics & quotations & lists & artwork, but also a little bit about your daily life‚ÄĒwhat'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!
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