Date Joined: March 2, 2015
Last Online: May 17, 2019
Birthday: July 17
Country: United States
Instagram - May Contain Spoilers!
I got back from NYC and I have plenty of cute letter sets & stationary to use up! I'm also getting a bit better with my dip pen so I hope to do some more cool hand lettering projects soon!
I won't be around much in June. I have some trips I’m excited about, grad school applications & portfolios to prep, prepare for the dreaded GRE, and personal projects I want to get finished up (sorry bike vest i've been putting off for far too long).
I will still be logging on regularly and you can still reach me via the SB messenger system with any questions/concerns/general goings-on if needed! :)
Hello hello Everyone!
My name is Megan and I live in the lovely & historic Boston, MA. I am a full-time Research Fellow at Harvard University and work with functional apparel design and soft robotics.
Want to see some examples of what I do at work?
See Bill Gates try on a glove I made! Also, check out the lab I work in!
Check out the glove and shoulder projects I work on!
I grew up, went to school, and had lived my entire life in Minnesota before moving and still hold rural Minnesota in my heart.
I identify as non-binary, and I use they/them/their pronouns! I have a marvelous girlfriend with an adorable long-haired cat.
As my favorite saying goes: I'm not "gay" as in happy, i'm queer as in "fuck you!".
Just another Liberal, Queer, Feminist killjoy. ;)
As for the cat, Radish - she is "free roam". I do my best to keep her out of my crafting supplies and away from projects, but I can't guarantee that any swaps I send will be completely free from dander/a random stray hair. If you are extremely allergic to cats please let me know and we can work something out!
I tend to keep pretty busy between work, art projects, baking, and gaming. I am a fairly relaxed and easy-going person striving to make the world a little brighter. I like to bring enthusiasm, positivity, and wonder to everyday life. Intersectional Feminism, activism, and social justice are important to me and I hope to address them more in my art, work, and life.
My musical tastes are pretty eclectic, but I really enjoy the following genres
Folk, Alternative Folk, Outlaw Country, Rock n' Roll, Metal, Bluegrass, some Pop/Top 40, Electronic, House Music, Rap, Hip-Hop, R&B, and Opera.
Current favorite bands/artists include:
Beirut - Ralph Vaughan Williams - Bastille - Galantis - O.C.M.S - Andrew Bird - Nickel Creek - Saint Motel - Janelle Monae - ABBA - Beach Boys - Gregory Alan Isakov - Metallica - Alexandre Desplat - Johnny Cash - Tears for Fears - Peter Gabriel - David Bowie - The Clancy Brothers -The Avalanches - Tears for Fears - Peter Gabriel - Miike Snow - The Ink Spots - Prince (MN misses you oh Purple One) - Toro y Moi - Broadcast - Elton John - The Killers
I'm also going to include some Podcasts in here!
Ear Hustle - Gastropod - Stuff You Should Know - International Waters/Troubled Waters - The Dear Prudence Podcast - Stuff You Missed in History Class - Stuff To Blow Your Mind - Sawbones - My Brother, My Brother, and Me - Oh No Ross & Carrie - The Memory Palace - RISK! - The Adventure Zone - Wonderful! - NPR Politics Podcast - The Goop Yourself Podcast (my guilty pleasure podcast, ha!) - Heavyweight - Reveal (PRX)
Right now I'm reading The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart, Spook by Mary Roach, and Stalking the Wild Asparagus by Euell Gibons.
Books & Authors I have enjoyed include:
Faceless Killers (Wallander Series) - The Redbreast (Harry Hole Series) - The Martian - The Bourne Trilogy - Edgar Allan Poe (Poetry/Short Stories) - Aesop Fables - Mary Roach books, Issac Asimov, Tamora Pierce (LOVED the Song of the Lioness Quartet growing up!
I mostly read - Sci-fi - Fantasy - Fiction - Cooking Theory - Cookbooks - Science Writing - Speculative Fiction - LGBTQIA+ - Thriller - Mystery - Crime Fiction - Scandinavian Crime Fiction - Art & Craft
I also enjoy reading cookbooks, cooking theory, and food writing.
Some of my favorite cookbooks include:
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat
The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen by Sean Sherman & Beth Dooley
The Complete America's Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook 2001-2019
Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan
The Spice Bible by Jane Lawson
Canning for a New Generation by Liana Krissoff
Foolproof Preserving by America's Test Kitchen
I just added Magnus Nilsson's "The Nordic Baking Book" to the growing collection and I am SO excited to try out some recipes soon!
If you have a favorite cookbook let me know! I love trying and reading new things!
Favorite movies/series include:
The Grand Budapest Hotel - What We Do In The Shadows - Star Trek (TOS, TNG, & 2009 movies) - The Martian - Moonrise Kingdom - Star Wars (4-8) - Rogue One - The Ninth Configuration - Atlantis: The Lost Empire - The Road to El Dorado - Marvel Cinematic Universe (Pre-Age of Ultron) - Batman - The Fantastic Mr. Fox - Ladybird - Spirited Away - Kiki's Delivery Service - Princess Mononoke - Inception - Shutter Island - The Last Unicorn - Valiant - Dinotopia
Favorite TV shows include:
The Great British Bake Off - Queer Eye (reboot) - Brooklyn 99 - The Good Place - Stranger Things - Person of Interest - The X-Files - Twin Peaks - True Detective (s1) - Archer - House MD - Star Trek (TOS & TNG) - Futurama - News Radio - Emergency! - WKRP Cincinnati - BoJack Horseman - Bob's Burgers - The Venture Bros. - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - Avatar: The Last Airbender - Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - Hannibal (NBC) - Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat (Nexflix miniseries)
I dabble in a lot of crafts and love to challenge myself with new mediums. As a designer and lifelong crafter I am always looking for something new to try out!
Favorite mediums/methods include:
sewing - embroidery - weaving - fiber & needle arts - drawing - watercolor - acrylic painting - clay & ceramics - print making - surface design (dyeing, screen printing, block printing) - quilting - digital art (photo manipulation & illustration mostly) - "modern" style calligraphy
I'm something of an aspiring quilter. I enjoy making "Modern" style quilts & textile art projects. I'm currently working on finished a hand quilted quilt and starting up the design of a new one!
I've been quilting on and off for years, but I now have time to dedicate more time to quilted projects.
I really like big, bold colors for quilts with simple yet visually interesting blocks
I also enjoy tailoring and shirtmaking. I focused on wovens and flat patterning techniques in school and I really love the satisfaction of getting that perfect fit and obsessively aligned details. There are few things more satisfying than perfectly matched plaids, stripes, and patterns.
Now that the burnout of school has worn off some I'm excited to start playing around with knit fabrics and making some biking gear for myself.
Below is a picture from my senior design project from undergrad! My line was inspired by birds and I made every outfit with my own two hands. I even hand dyed the shirt panels! :)
I love sending out and receiving things here on Swap-Bot, but I believe it shouldn't be super stressful to those swapping with me. Below is a list of items I like/dislike so you can get a good feel of me & my interests.
Please don't send extras unless the swap requires it or is related to my profile likes.
I'm trying to be more deliberate about material things in my life this year. Do I have use for this item? Does it serve me well? Does it make me happy?
I want less clutter in my life, so thank you for not sending unrelated extras! I rate on the quality and thoughtfulness of the swap, not the extra elements included within. :)
I prefer electronic swaps to be sent via email and not the SB messenger system whenever possible, thank you
I prefer postcards to be sent naked unless specified in the swap guidelines! I love getting fun postcards, and while I don't mind touristy ones I really love receiving the following:
Fine Art & Museum prints (Esp. Gustav Klimt, Hieronymus Bosch, Francisco Goya, M.C. Esher, Alphonse Mucha, Van Gogh, and Charlie Harper - especially his birds!)
Art Deco, Retro Futurism, Art Nouveau
Fashion Prints, especially: Alexander McQueen, Paul Poiret, Charles James, Erte (Romain de Tirtoff), Issey Miyake, Yoshi Yamamoto, Dior, Elsa Schiaparelli, Edith Head
Historical Places & Events from your local area, especially any textile related history!
ARTISTS & DESIGNERS
(This section is a work in progress!)
Nudity is totally fine by me be it photography, paintings, fine art related, etc., I don't enjoy graphic violence against women though.
For tea I prefer:
Fruity teas are my absolute favorite!
Flavored black & green teas, preferably not "plain"
"Woodsy"/"Smokey" teas (especially spruce/evergreen teas)
I love spicy teas and making my own chai
Surprise me, I love trying new things!
I LOVE malty hot chocolates and spicy hot chocolates
Please no mint-chocolate or white chocolate flavors, thank you!
You can't send them, but I love craft beer, wine, and spirits! So if you know of any fun breweries to visit someday, wines to look for, and cocktail recipes I am all ears!
Also, I love trying new recipes! If you have a favorite (without tomatoes, sorry!) send it along be it printed out, written on a scrap of paper, or on a recipe card (my holder can accommodate cards up to 4x6 inches).
The only food I don't really care for is tomatoes. I don't like them raw or cooked, even in sauces. So no tomato sauces, pizza with red sauce, salads (think caprese salads in this case, I do really enjoy salads without tomatoes!) , hotdishes/casseroles, etc. I'm a weirdo, I know!
If you are my partner in a recipe swap you can still send me dishes with tomatoes (unless the swap is profile specific) and I’ll rate a 5 (and maybe even a heart!). Don’t fear sending recipes with tomatoes to me, I have some sneaky ways I can adapt them or I’ll pass them along! :)
I'm an avid cook and baker, I love trying new things in the kitchen! I've dabbled in everything from bread baking, pastry making, candy making, cheese making, canning, pickling, dehydrating, grilling, and am starting to get a good season on my cast iron pans.
I absolutely love spending time in my kitchen experimenting with new recipes, adapting recipes, and making food to share with my partner, coworkers, and friends.
If you have any interesting cultural, seasonal, or regional recipes i'd love to hear more about them and even get the recipe to try at home. If want to talk cooking & baking, i'm you person!
I’ve been on a bread baking “kick” lately and my goal is to preserve a food from each season this year starting with spring (made this goal post “winter”, oops!). I also want to try my hand at mold ripened cheeses after I master a few more soft cheeses.
My favorite colors include:
Purples - Blues - Indigo - Greens - Oranges I typically enjoy bright "happy" colors, jewel tones, and neutrals (so basically most colors, I know)
As for themes I love practically anything regarding birds, deer, space, plants, and nature.
I also really enjoy vintage, art deco, art nouveau, retro-futurism, industrial, minimalist, modern/contemporary, "spooky", and macabre themes. I also enjoy classic horror & sci-fi.
No kiddy/child/baby related prints please
For quilting swaps: 100% cotton textiles please
I am a HUGE nerd and love to play a variety of board games, card games, role playing games, and video games.
I particularly enjoy these following games:
Pokemon! Especially gen 1-3, but i'm working my way into gen 4-5.
I'm an avid Pokemon Go player (PM me for my trainer code!) and i'm currently playing Pokemon Let's Go: Eevee and Pokemon Ultra Sun
Anyone else hype for Sword & Shield!?
My favorite Pokemon are: Arcanine, Lugia, Suicune, Piplup, Emporeon, Lucario, Cubone, Ditto, Vaporeon, Dragonair, Bayleaf, Xatu, Eevee, Barboach, Mareep, Murkrow, Shuckle, Houndour, Stantler, Raikou, Torchic, Blaziken, Mightyena, Breloom, Wailord, Absol, Latias, Rayquaza
Although I genuinely love swapping and receiving mail, I do have a few things i'm not a fan of personally. So, to avoid hurt feelings on either end please avoid sending the following:
Patriotic stuff, fascists & nationalists, pro-military/pro-law enforcement/state-sanctioned violence & domestic terrorism (KKK, NRA, ALT-Right,, etc.), religious zealotry, cultural appropriation, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, bigotry & prejudice of all kinds, you know - the usual stuff.
Here I will keep ratings & ratings explanations that will be updated on a case-by-case basis.
May 1st, 2019
I am currently up to date in my archive here on SB (indicating that I have properly rated everyone & I have received swaps).
Please contact me if you believe you are missing a rating from me on a swap.
Due to my schedule sometimes I don't get swaps dropped off in the mail until after the mail had been picked for the day (after 4:30 - 5pm in my area). Therefore, sometimes post marks will be inaccurate by a day or two if I drop a swap off in the "blue box" after work or if the send by date falls on a USA federal holiday or Sunday. I will send you a message if this becomes relevant.
Mail service is generally very reliable for me where I live & work so let me know if something seems to have gone missing. I'm always happy to make it up to you and resend!
Please contact me about any ratings or swaps you have a question about via the swap-bot messenger system.
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