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Date Joined: May 19, 2016
Last Online: May 28, 2017
Birthday: June 10, 1977
Country: Germany
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About Me

My application for German citizenship has been processed and I am now a genuine, certified, beer-swilling, tree-hugging, socks-and-sandals-wearing German. Hooray! I retain my British nationality, too, so don't worry: the football-hooligan, binge-drinking, culinarily-challenged and over-hyphenated side of my nature remains.

I joined this site because I make mail art, and I need people to send it to! I hope to receive mail art or goodies with which to make mail art in return. I am also a real life scientist with a laser and everything. Some of my hobbies:

**Mail art

**Pottery, including kiln-building

**Reading aloud

**Learning languages (including new curse words)

**Ornithology ( I cannot say which bird I love the most. At the top of the list are: graylag goose, herring gull, raven, pigeon, blackbird, cormorant, common redshanks, greenfinch, albatross, robin, Eurasian curlew... actually, all of them. I wish I could lay their eggs.) Birds! But not birdcages.

**Local tourism (within cycling distance)

**Drinking whisky and eating cheese

**Cross-dressing (I welcome gender-subversive images)

**Collecting fossils

**Visiting art museums

I'm really interested in hearing about you: if you're not sure what to write, why not tell me about that great project you keep meaning to start/finish? You never know: it might give you the push you need to realise it! I am always interested in your local industries or handicrafts, especially ceramic and textile art. People tend to think their region has nothing to offer. I have heard this many times from my fellow Europeans, and I think USAians are the same. I'm sure you're wrong! And maybe this is your chance to find out more about your culture, whatever you define "yours" to be. My current town, for example, is a good place for tattooing and knotting (it's a seedy port town) as well as beer brewing.

Other regions in which I have lived were variously (locally) famous for: wine, beer, pewter, love-spoons, papercut silouhettes, coal-carving, lace-making, embroidery, spinning, yodeling, horse-breeding, rope-making, earthernware/fayence and dyeing. Yet in every one of these places, people denied that there was anything interesting going on in the region.

I once met a young man who said his tiny, conservative Bavarian village was the most boring place on earth (and I tend to agree), and it later turned out that he was was a Vorplattler (professional thigh-slapper) competing at world-class level! Ah, those Bavarians! So what are the people of your region up to behind closed doors?

I don't collect anything! No, no, that would just be accumulating stuff. Ahem. So, things I am definitely not collecting (cough, cough) are: images of craftspeople and their workshops, traditions and historical sites, feminist/womanist stuff, your interesting anecdotes, puns and sayings. If you send me those things, I will be very happy and will by no means be accumulating them, stroking them and giving them nicknames. Nor will I put them in tins and sort them into piles. No way. That would just be materialistic and silly. Which I am not. Glad we established that!

Favorite Books

Dictionaries, encyclopediae, maps, blueprints, the entire non-fiction section of the library.

Swappers with special needs...

I make almost everything out of scrap and leftovers, which I think gives it a rough-and-rugged recycling charm. If you are in a swap with me and have special needs, be they sensory, OCD, whatever, let me know and I will be glad make your post out of fresh, smooth, new paper. If you are visually impaired, please let me know and it will be my pleasure to make you a textured card or one with strong visual contrast.

I use vegetable-based glues and mineral-based pigment, but I occasionally use leather, feathers or wool. If you prefer me to make something vegetarian/vegan, I will be happy to do so.

I want to make you happy, so I will be delighted to accept your needs unquestioningly.

Favorite Crafts

Ceramics, recycling, papercutting, printmaking, drawing and sketching, collage, calligraphy, bookbinding, embroidery, woodburning, assembling junk, building giant evil lasers with which to take over the world, you name it! Favourite textures: Paper, textile, wood, leather, stone, feathers, fur, rusty iron, peeling paint, brick, string.

Secret career wish

I l o v e being a physicist. But I secretly wish I were one of those people that make maquettes for museums. I would be dead good at that.

I would also love to be a cheese-maker, a whisky distiller or a dry-stone waller.

If I could have one wish granted, I think I would like to experience life in a rock pool.

I have a huge weakness for...

Dutch/Flemish still-life, trompe l'oeil and vanitas paintings of the "Golden" century. Especially those with tulips, half-peeled lemons and oysters. Do you know the ones I mean?

Zoological and botanical collections, like insects pinned on cards, owl pellets, birds' eggs, pressed seaweed, wasps' nests, shed skins and the like. Xylotheks - wood libraries, like the Schildbach xylothek in Kassel.

European romanesque and gothic Catholic art: painting, sculpture, architecture, reliquaries, psalters. Slavic and Byzantine orthodox Christian art. Islamic calligraphy and tesselations. Religious art in general.

Arctic and seamen's art: scrimshaw, bone and antler sculpture, toys and clothing made of sealskin or fish leather, bone ships, knotwork, beading and ropework.

Ceramics ancient and modern. Art, traditional, domestic, industrial, medicinal, achitectural, brickmaking: all of it! Kiln building, glaze recipes, techniques and tools, potters: anything! Turkey, Ecuador, Denmark, Iran, Mali, China, Pakistan: Everywhere!

Textiles: Indonesian batik, Central European Blaudruck (indigo), Hebridean tweed, Baltic/Belarussian woven belts, Japanese woodblock print, Tyrolean felt.

Scientific images: microscopy, MRI, x-ray, diffraction patterns, circuit diagrams, the periodic table, telescopy, seismographs, cloud chamber patterns.

Special requests

LANGUAGE: Please write to me in English, German, Dutch, Afrikaans or French. If you write your return address in a non-latin script, please use your very best and simplest lettering. I will copy it verbatim, you see.

POSTCARDS: I like a postcard best if it is stamped and written on. If I join a blank postcard swap, it's because I overlooked the "blank" part, so please feel free to write on it!

LESS IS MORE: Unless I join a goodies swap, please don't send me anything but the swap item(s), and possibly a note. I know you mean well, but my drawer is full!

BUT I STILL LIKE GOODIES: If I I join a goodies swap: please don't send me anything to eat or drink, no cosmetics or jewellery and nothing scented. I love scrap paper and recycling. Please send me your old, sun-damaged, torn or foxed paper, card, envelopes, used stamps and old office supplies (not scrapbooking paper from the craft shop). If you think it's too old or damaged or grubby or creased for a swap and it's at the bottom of your "can't bring myself to throw it away" drawer: please send it to me, you will make my day! Don't be shy, I won't mark you down! Please don't send me plastic unless it's something you would otherwise throw out. I like to be biodegradeable.


I thought I'd put a little something here for my fellow stamp swappers. Science, technology and medicine, please! I love stamps with a limited colour palette and a strong graphical component. Often the definitives of republics fit that description (Poland and the Czech Republic have lovely definitives), as well as Europa/CEPT and human rights motifs, but I'm not keen on portrait stamps or photographic ones. I like bridges, oil rigs, oil refineries... anything like that. I don't like Christmas and Easter stamps. I'll repeat that, because I've been getting a lot of them: I don't like Christmas and Easter stamps. I love the USA pottery and mineral stamps and the Dutch Luchtpost-bicycle. Newfound love: Singaporean "vanishing trades".

In other words: please send me your engineering, medicine and science!

I don't send out "third Reich" stamps. I know some people like to collect them and I understand that. Sorry!

Postage times

Deutsche Post is brilliant! (Thanks, Postie!) However, the world is big. Average times (from my Postcrossing experience): Germany - 2 days; BeNeLux and Austria - 5 days; Finland, France, Poland - 9 days; USA (city) - 15 days; USA (rural) - 21 days; Hong Kong and Taiwan - 16 days; China (city) - 24 days; China (rural) - 60 days; Moscow and St. Petersburg - 12 days; West Russia and the Urals - 35 days; Russia East of the Urals - 60 days and upwards; India - 40 days.

Thank you

Thank you very much in advance for taking the time to read this and think about what might please me. Be assured that your post will make me smile!

Yours sincerely, Sonia (SuMay)


Suncloud rated for ATC: Celebrate Your Nation on May 27, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for your thoughtful and extra special package. I could tell you put a lot of care and thought into the package. I learned even more about your nation from it. Thank you.
Response: Thank you for your rating. Germany is a difficult nation to celebrate!
EllieBeth8 rated for TPW: Show us your country #5 on May 11, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the great postcard! Have a nice day! Shelley
churlann rated for Strange PC Swap on May 9, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the postcard. It is pretty strange. My grandson who is 4 saw it and thought it was "creepy". Thanks for telling me about your class too.
ainaignies rated for TPW: Show us your country #5 on May 9, 2017
Comment: thank you
LizzyJo rated for 10 minute ATC challenge - pink on May 8, 2017
Comment: Your ATC is awesome, and I love the goodies, PC with note, and envie you sent it all in. What a wonderful swap!
Response: Thank you for the heart, LizzyJo. I'm glad you enjoyed the swap.
Foxceelox rated for Strange PC Swap on May 5, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the postcard :)
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard. I really like the stamping you added. I've just recently seen works by Klimt. Like you said they can be a bit hotel. I do like them, I find the extra detail in everything interesting.
ace81620 rated for Dear Data PC on May 4, 2017
Comment: Wow!! I love the design you chose for your dream data. It's beautiful. And it's amazing how many dreams you remembered in a week. I usually only remember one or two. Some of your dreams had me giggling... like the one of the police watching YouTube videos in your office. Thanks for being a part of this swap :)
Response: Thanks for your rating and the heart. I dreamed I was building a greenhouse last night, and that two tadpoles I was babysitting dried out because I left them on the carpet with their toys for too long. I'm not sure how I would have encoded that on the postcard! Thank you for the swap, I realy enjoyed it. Fancy hosting another at some point?
IrinaBG rated for City / Town / Village with C R2 on May 4, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the nice card and the rich info on the back! :)
Response: You're welcome Irina. Thank you for your rating.
dawnakaulen rated for FREE/AD #17 ART SHOW / GALLERY on Apr 28, 2017
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: Thank you for the cool vintage card from Berlin.
Response: You're welcome.
Comment: Your (now my...!!) concertina is a work of art, truly. It is stunning, detailed, and like a museum display of history. I am in awe of your drawings, information, and use of color. I can see it that paleontology is a passion! (My passion is musical theater, hope my partner likes concertina as much as I do yours.) And - thank you for the vintage French ephemera. Really, this was a special envelope. Multiple hearts for you.
dally rated for WIYM: ORANGE Ephemera Colour Swap on Apr 27, 2017
Comment: You were right Sonia, I love everything you sent me!! Great variety, and there are some really interesting bits in there! Thank you, and thank you for playing in my swap! :D
Response: Thank you for the heart. I hope the orange ephemera gets your creative juices flowing. Thank you for hosting!
flickflauder rated for B&W PCs week 17 on Apr 27, 2017
Comment: Wow vielen Dank für die schöne Karte - und die überklebte Adresse stört überhaupt nicht!
Response: Das freut mich sehr. Danke für das Herz!
camelsamba rated for HCS&I: Spring! on Apr 20, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard - minimalist but so expressive. My son was taking photos for magnolias today for his school newspaper :^)
Response: Thank you for the rating and the heart. I hope your son's photographs have been published.
Comment: Thank you so much!! I love everything in this package!!! The key is fabulous!
Response: That's really satisfying to hear. Thank you for the heart, Kittin!
Nevermore rated for Ugly Bug Ball on Apr 11, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for this gorgeous invitation. I shall RSPV as soon as possible!
Response: Esteemed Madam, The ancient order of woodlice is honoured by your response, and wishes you a safe journey to the ball. Lightfoot Swallowtail
sweepinguptheashes rated for HMPC: Profile Postcard on Apr 4, 2017
Comment: Oh Sonia! I f***ing love it! Thank you soooo much. LMT stands for licsenced massage therapist. The mermaid is extremely happy on land, thank you for asking! I hope you had luck with the interviews. Thanks again for swapping!
Response: I'm very glad you like it so much! Thank you for the heart.
wolfeagle rated for Postage Stamp PC on Mar 28, 2017
Comment: Thank you. I love the simplicity of this postcard. I'm going to have to find a magnifying glass to read it though. The eyes aren't what they used to be. ;D
Response: Thank you for your positive feedback and for the heart. It's always useful to hear which aspects were particularly pleasing (or not): it's my motor to change and improve. Sorry about the tiny writing. I love to cram in as much text as possible, because for me, mail art is primarily mail, and that means lots of writing! I'll try to remember next time and either type or write in block capitals. See you next swap!
susieq11 rated for Mail Art: Spring on Mar 21, 2017
Comment: Wow!!!!! Your envelope is soooo beautiful and creative! How lucky I am to receive from you!!! It is really amazing art! : ) Thank you for the postcards and your lovely note as well. I have a friend who is in Aix-en-Provence right now! Enjoy your trip to Italy!!!!! Thank you so much again!!!
Response: Thanks for your effusive praise: I'm very glad you liked the things I sent. Aix is lovely, but I prefer nearby Marseille, which is more lively and heterogeneous. My trip to Tuscany was fabulous. Art, food, nature, architecrure, wine, gelato and lively people. Ciao!

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MiekeC on May 27, 2017:

Hartstikke bedankt voor je mooie kaart die je gestuurd heb! Een mooie verrassing. Veel succes met je werk, het klinkt heel interessant. Groetjes Mieke uit Nederland.

NorthStar07 on Apr 11, 2017:

Hello Sonia😊 Yayyy I'm soo happy that it reached you! I thought it was lost.... Oh cool! I can't wait to receive it🌼 Much love ❤Take care💋 -Vaishnavi xoxo

phillaine on Apr 3, 2017:

for the wonderful surprise package you sent me. It was very touching to receive with your kind note, and absolutely fantastic! First, your envelope made me smile right away, and I love the stamps (of all kinds) that you used on it. The washi is great, I know exactly what (and who) I'll use the ribbon for, and the GORGEOUS envelope is so perfect it's inspired a new craft for me. Thanks also for the very cool mailing labels, and my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE thing is your amazing hand-carved stamp images. WOW! I really like your style, and you've got a great artistic talent and skills. Thank you for sharing all of this with me, and most of all for your kindness and caring in thinking of me. Have a wonderful day! ♥

madebymimi on Mar 18, 2017:

Hi Sonia, thank you so much for the 'poisson' mail you sent me! It's wonderful and really inspiring. It made my day. Best wishes, Michelle x

sabbysteg on Feb 4, 2017:

Thank you for the card.

beckra on Feb 3, 2017:

Hello, Sonia--Oh, thank you, thank you for the two wonderful pieces of mail! I love the textures of the grey piece, and the visual poem is one of my all-time favorite things I've received in 10 years of mail art exchanges! I am so grateful to have been on the receiving end of your talents.

Monastelar on Jan 19, 2017:

what can i say? Today i got your nice and lovely envelope, full of marvelous Pcs, stickers, photos of dogs. Thanks you so much!!! was really really really nice from your side and i loved!!!

<3 thousands and thousands <3 for you

chabbywabbit on Jan 13, 2017:

I was surprised that i got it so fast too!! I'm still waiting for some of my earlier swaps to arrive from NOV2016...

Thank you so much for thinking of me when you pack the letter!

BubbLeGumGirLie on Jan 7, 2017:

Danke für die Buttons :)! Ich hab mich richtig gefreut deinen Brief in der Post zu finden :)! Ich mag es, wenn Leute spontan an mich denken ;)! <3

bigmamabird on Dec 27, 2016:

Hey! A surprise bird envelope full of fun German ephemera landed on my doorstep today... Thanks! I love it all and am so very impressed with the stamp you've created. Thanks for the swap invite, I'm going to go check it out now... Happiest New Year wishes to you!

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