Date Joined: March 2, 2015
Last Online: July 18, 2019
Birthday: July 17
Country: United States
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Happy July Folks! :)
I'm now off on my summer swapping hiatus!
I hope you all have a fabulous summer and I will see you wonderful people in early fall.
I'll join a post card swap or two, but I won't be hosting or joining more time intensive swaps.
If you want to see what i'm up to in the interim check out my instagram as I tend to be somewhat active there with updates on life & projects.
If you need to contact me for any swap-related reasons or in general, please send me a message via the SB messenger system. I'll be checking them on a regular basis and will be sure to respond within a reasonable time. :)
Hello hello Everyone!
My name is Megan and I live in the lovely & historic Boston, MA.
I am a full-time Functional Apparel Design Research Fellow at Harvard University and work on projects involving medical & industrial device 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!
The glove project I work on is now in the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum!
I identify as non-binary, and I use they/them/their pronouns, thanks! I have a marvelous girlfriend and an adorable long-haired cat named Radish.
I'm originally from Minnesota and I grew up in the rural southwest region on the very edge of the prairie.
I graduated with a grand total of 13 classmates, was very active in my local 4H club, and managed to earn my State Degree in FFA.
I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in apparel design and currently intend to pursue a graduate degree in textile science.
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.
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. ;)
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 - Lizzo - Ralph Vaughan Williams - Bastille - Galantis - O.C.M.S - Andrew Bird - Nickel Creek - Saint Motel - Janelle Monae - ABBA - The 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 - The Zombies - Photay - Ibibio Sound Machine - The Replacements - Nick Drake - Bob Dylan
Ear Hustle - Gastropod - Reveal - International Waters/Troubled Waters - The Dear Prudence Podcast - My Brother, My Brother, and Me - - Sawbones - The Adventure Zone (currently on the Balance Arc) - NPR Politics Podcast - Oh No Ross & Carrie - The Goop Yourself Podcast (my guilty pleasure podcast, ha!) - Stuff To Blow Your Mind - Stuff You Should Know - The Memory Palace - Stuff You Missed in History Class RISK! - Wonderful! - Heavyweight - Death in the Afternoon
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
The Veganomicon - Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Hope Romero
I just added Magnus Nilsson's "The Nordic Baking Book" and "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" by Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle, and Simone Beck to the ever 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 - Good Omens - The Tick - 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 learned how to sew from my grandma as a child and I haven't stopped since! I sewed a lot of costumes growing up and loved the "clothes you make" project area during my time in 4H.
When it came around to choosing a college major my family was super supportive and encouraged me to pursue apparel design.
I graduated with a BS in Apparel Design from the University of Minnesota in 2017. My main interests are tailoring, androgynous/gender neutral apparel, functional design, technical design, and wearable technology.
I am something of an aspiring quilter. I enjoy making "Modern" style quilts & textile art projects. I'm currently working on finishing a hand quilted quilt and looking for fabrics for my next quilt.
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.
I'm also finding myself creeping back into the world of costumemaking. I'm thinking of making a Robin costume (of Batman fame) next!
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'm passionate about sustainability, recycling, up cycling, and DIY culture. I prefer quality over quantity in all aspects of my life and do my best to navigate the world in an ethical manner. I'm by no means perfect and every journey is different, but I want my life to have a positive impact on others & the world.
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!
I am looking for a postcard of the Uffington White Horse (hill figure) in Oxfordshire, England and any postcard dealing with letterboxing - bonus points if its from Dartmoor National Park.
I don't mind free postcards or ad postcards so long as they have artistic merit/look cool.
I also love handmade postcards and am starting to getting into making them as well.
ARTISTS & DESIGNERS
(This section is a work in progress!)
Nudity is totally fine by me be it photography, paintings, fine art related, etc. I love contemporary pin-up style art (I own a growing collection of "pin up boy" enamel pins that I love!), whimsical nudes, queer bodies, irreverent humor, profanity, political art/humor, and art transcending the norms. I'm not easy to offend, however I don't enjoy graphic violence against women and gore for the sake of gore.
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.
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 try to buy local, seasonal, and sustainable foods when I can. Making dishes that highlight local seasonal ingredients are always a treat and i'm lucky to have multiple summer & winter farmer's markets where I can meet new farmers & artisans.
I’ve been on a food preservation 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 and I don't have many people who I can pass them along to.
Many things on this list are also things that I don't necessarily dislike, but I just don't have use for or space to store it. I have limited space in my apartment for crafty things, so i'm very deliberate on what I "let it" to my life. Thanks for understanding!
Patriotic stuff, fascists & nationalists, pro-military/pro-law enforcement/state-sanctioned violence & domestic terrorism (KKK, NRA, ICE, Homeland "Security", ALT-Right, MAGA etc.), religious zealotry, cultural appropriation, xenophobia, racism, 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.
July 17, 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 or believe I have missed/overlooked something.
I rate swaps when I receive them and will have a notification at the top of my profile if I won't be able to pick up mail for a period of time.
I rate fairly according to the rules laid out on the site, but I understand that life is hectic & unpredictable at times.
If you need to send late or are having issues with a swap please contact me as soon as possible so we can work things out.
I have no problem accommodating folks so long as you work with me.
Due to my schedule I sometimes 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 do my best to send before last mail pick up & holidays, but I figured I would let folks know.
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!
I pledge to angel every swap I host and I do my due diligence on vetting swaps I host to ensure there are no known problem swappers & flakers participating. I take hosting very seriously and am dedicated to making swapping a safe and enjoyable experience for those here.
Please contact me about any ratings or swaps you have a question about via the swap-bot messenger system.
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