A personal note:
I try to grow and learn from life, whatever it may throw at me. I'm a very spiritual person and respect all religions/beliefs, but I 'belong' to none. I try to treat everyone with respect and kindness, as compassion is mankind greatest gift. Though I have been through a great deal in the past and I look forward to moments in the future, I try to live very much in the now. As it's factually the only time we ever really have. Living life to the fullest without having regrets, from moment to moment and accepting things as they come... Well, ideally anyway ;)
Some of my mentors are Jon Kabbat Zin, Deepak Chopra, Brené Brown, Ekhart Tolle and Thupten Jinpa
We recently adopted a kitty from the shelter. Her name is Meesha and I love her to bits :) She turned 2 on April 25th (2016)
I have studied Museology and majored in Education. I obviously love going to museums and galleries. Some of my favourites are; The Louvere and Mussee D'Orsay in Paris, SFMOMA in San Fran, MOMA in NYC, Stedelijk Museum (which I have the pleasure to work in, which is a dream come true!) and Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. I am a fan of modern art/contemporary art I also enjoy sculptures in the style of Rodin.
I love to travel! My dream would be to travel the world! I wish I could and that money wasn't an object! My faves cities I've been to are definitely Paris, London, Tel Aviv, Barcelona, Stockholm, Seville, Chicago, San Francisco, LA and NYC :) If you send me postcards, I'd love to see views of your city.
A note on swapping:
I have been swapping for several years now, first on LJ, flickr and other sites. Please note that while I do send my parcels on time (will contact you if I send over deadline) and with airmail, the postal system does sucks and it can take a long time to get to you. Esp. to USA/Canada/Australia. But rest assured, I ALWAYS send. So having a little patience from your side will always be rewarded as the fun of swapping in my eyes is making/sending something that you know your partner will love :)
I love seeing new forms of art, it inspires to create more myself. The process of creating brings me great joy. I love challenges and try to create things with thought and effort.
Mail Art is my forte. I love mixed media art, incorporating paper, paint, rubber stamps etc. See the archive section for my Mail Art 365 project I did in 2012/13.
I also love swapping ATC's, altered match boxes and am into letter writing, coloring, journaling and making layouts in my Midori Traveler's notebook. See my blog for my crafty endeavors :)
I used to do a lot of kawaii swaps, but I am not into that anymore. I am selling off my kawaii collection.
Anyone from the UK who sends me mail using Doctor Who commemorative postage stamps from Royal Mail UK (from the 50th DW anniversary) - I shall send you Mail Art/profile surprise in return :)
To bring down my hoarding: Please do not send me any extra's with an ATC or mail art swap! I know you mean well to send something fun with the swap, but I am accumulating so much stuff, it's really not necessary to send me any other paper materials/stickers etc. If you really want to send something extra, I would appreciate sturdy ATC backs or ATC sleeves. Thanks so much!
Blue tones(esp. ocean blue, turquoise), burgundy (deep red), moss green, olive green, lavendel (amethist is my birthstone), black & white, red & aqua, green & purple...
No neon colours for me, thanks ;)
Polkadots, retro design, Sakura design, vintage floral prints, celtic designs, cherries, strawberries, mushrooms, owls, deer, matryoshka, hedgehogs, trees, leafs, fairytale prints, robots, monsters, rockets, steampunk, gears, clocks, vintage ...
Mucha, Klimt, Monet, Renoir, Rodin, Andy Warhol, Tara McPherson, Rangar, Fawn Gehweiller, Yosimoto Nara, Ai Yamaguchi, Nerderella, Tokidoki, Hidden Eloise, La Marelle...I love art postcards!
I absolutely love the good old stories and tales from Anderson & Grimm, not the Disney Happy versions, though the movies are fun to watch at times ;) My fave are Alice in Wonderland, The Little Mermaid, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel und Gretel, 1000 and 1 nights, to name a few. What I love most is the Feel of the story. I LOVE independent artists who make their own art based on fairy tales, there's SO much fun & unique stuff on etsy on them! and I would love to see your interpretation of the stories. I also love the original etch and line draw work in fairytale books, like in Lewis Carrol, Grimm and Anderson.
I also really love children's stories! My fave author is Roal Dahl, Mathilda is definitely the book I read over and over again while growing up :) I love the magical feel most children's books have to them.
I have a huge affection for cats. black and ginger cats in particular. But most feline animals are well loved by me :) I also love seals, turtles, elephants, butterflies, dragonflies, koala's, kangeroos, deer, owl, fox, wolf, hedgehog, woodland creatures and birds.
Music; I have a wide taste, but I esp. love rock bands, alternative, classic rock, grunge, metal, 60-70 soul, jazz, relaxing lounge... I love to discover new music, so suggestions of your fave songs/bands/artist/new discoveries are welcome too.
TV shows; (I own so many DVD boxsets...;) WHEDON!! Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse were so awesome! Also cool; The big bang theory, Fringe, Supernatural, Glee, Medium, The Office, Smallville, Felicity & My so called life, (my fave shows when I was in Highschool), Star Trek esp. TNG and Enterprise, Battlestar Gallactica, Dexter, True Blood, ...
BBC series; New Doctor Who series, my fave is David Tennant. Torchwood. Life on Mars. Ashes to Ashes...
Swedish detective series Wallander, cooking shows, esp masterchef.
Movies; I love sci-fi, fantasy, art house, anime, horror and comedy. I'm so sad the Harry Potter series ended :( Love the marvel comic movies and I can't wait for The Avengers! Movies like the Hangover and Tropic Thunder make me laugh so hard! All time fave movie; Hedwig and the Angry Inch!
Books; I admit I'm a total chick-lit a-holic ;) I read everything by Sophie Kinsella, love Jane Greene, Cecelia Ahorn, Elizabeth Gilbert etc. It's funny I love watching sci-fi rather than reading it and love reading rom-coms rather than watching it ;) my goodreads profile I also love reading inspirational and motivational books on mindfulness and compassion.
ATC's, Journalling, Alter-journals, decos, drawing, charcoal drawings, painting, collaging, etching, lithos, rubberstamping (I'm a stamp addict, I admit) Well actually, I may admit it openly, I am a craft material hoarder! Eep!
I have a sewing machine/embroidery and a lot of fabric, but no time to use it :( I prefer to play with paper.
I can't knit or crochet, but have high admiration for people who can! I'd love to see a handmade amigurumi! Basically any craft you are good at, please feel free to share it with me :)
I'm into carving my own stamps nowadays and my boyfriend loves this craft too! So I'm REALLY looking for good quality carving blocks like Speedy Carve and other Artist carving blocks. But if you can find good quality hard erasers in your aria I'd be grateful for those too!
Miffy (you can find a lot of her in Holland already), Paddington, Diddl, Disney, Snoopy, Forever Friends, Nici characters, incence, incence candles, confetti, glitter (have too much already), clown items, religious items, christmas items (unless i'm specifically in a swap for that) things for kids/babies (specific for kids toys), creepy gnomes (cute ones are okay ;), items with skulls on them or anything that's broken/old/dirty or just very used or items that have a heavy scent on them...
I'm taking a break with forum tagging as I don't have time for it anymore. I do however like to send out mail art RAKs and send mail via the wishlist group.
If you have received something from me that isn't an official swap, please let me know personally via pm or profile note so I know that it has arrived :) thank you!
Featured at Create mixed Media :) I have been Interviewed by Lisa Mason on snail mail, mail art and my mail art 365 project YAY :) Read the interview here the art of handwritten letters part 3
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