Date Joined: May 7, 2012
Last Online: May 24, 2013
Birthday: January 1
Country: United States
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UPDATE 3/31/2013: I'm back after a hiatus of several months, having moved from my beloved island to a cottage on the shores of the Caloosahatchee River. Reinventing myself once again.
I'm a former wandering gypsy, now living on a Florida island where I have a mango grove and other tropical delights. I grow much of my own food & like to cook (Thai & Greek recipes are favorites). I lived in India for several years working with a snake catcher; traveled with Ringling Brothers Circus (living on the train); lived on a sailboat in the Bahamas & Caribbean for 5 years... Was a free lance travel writer & still do occasional articles. Writing & photography were always my creative outlets but lately I'm exploring mixed media collage postcards & ATCs , and miniature book making. I've always been a big fan of, and participant in, mail art. I love tree houses, hammocks, messing about in boats, islands, jungles & rainforests.
My musical taste is pretty eclectic, but I particularly like acoustic guitar, Reggae, Latin jazz, World Music in general. A few of my favorite musicians are Mose Allison, Nina Simone, Joni Mitchell & Paco de Lucia.
My passport is my favorite book. I read a lot of nonfiction. When I get interested in a subject I read about it voraciously. I love miniature books & am delighted by flip books, particularly artist flip books and off beat ones. I like a lot of poetry & have been trying my hand at haiku and tanka. Theodore Roethke, ee cummings, & Shel Silverstein are currently on my bedstand. Nick Bantock always inspires. Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Kurt Vonnegut, Mark Twain, & Kipling are long time favorites.
My top 5 favorite films are La Strada, L'Atalante, The Gods Must be Crazy, Walkabout, The Triplets of Belleville. My choices seem to reflect my penchant for living on boats; circuses; exotic locales & eccentric characters. I watch a lot of foreign films. Pedro Almodovar is a favorite filmmaker.
Mixed media collage, (ATCs, postcards, greeting cards), miniature books. Because I've always been a writer and photographer I often incorporate words and photos into my crafts.
I like quirky, off-beat esoteric stuff. Cute & Sweet don’t cut it for me.(Maybe I’m still rebelling against a mother who tried too hard to make me pink and frilly.) But I do like whimsy. Ken Brown postcards rock my boat. And I love the Moomins. Postage stamps, faux postage (artistamps), and ephemera are my kind of thing; also old maps, old circus memorabilia, vintage labels, images of gypsies. I love bizarre old rubber stamps.(Had a great collection in the 1980's but they melted in the tropics!) Upside-down heads, sometimes called Topsy Turvys, in which the image changes when you flip it, capture my fancy, as do many optical ilulsion images. I love getting envelopes decorated with art work, stamps, etc.I appreciate things created with wit, originality, a sense of humor - or just because they're beautiful or intriguing.
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