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Date Joined: December 10, 2008
Last Online: March 30, 2009
Birthday: October 10, 1973
Country: United States
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Swapping as an art form

This January, I'm using swap-bot's lovely interactive services to help me with an art project for the 5th annual fun-a-day project by artclash (www.artclash.com). Fun-a-day invites anyone who wants to join to do or make one thing for every day in January, then present the finished collection at a one-night-only exhibit. Past years have been just smashing, and I'm so excited about this project!

I've pledged to make one swap a day through swap-bot for every day of January. This means that whatever my partners send me will be shared with the public at the February art show, so flakers will make me extra sad (there will be a blank space!). If you really don't want what you send to be in the exhibit, just let me know - I promise to respect your wishes and love what you've sent just as much.

I'm blogging about it too; check out my weblog above. Thanks everybody for helping me out!

About Me

I live in and love West Philadelphia, and do mostly arts-, editing- and organizing-related odd jobs for a living. My odd-jobs life came about when, instead of going back to school for textile design as planned, I decided to put it off for a semester - the rest of my life had just been turned on its head (end of a relationship, moving house), and I needed some ease-time. But I'd already quit my day job, so I got little project-oriented jobs I could finish by the time school started, and discovered I loved it! I love making my own schedule, working from home (mostly), and having a huge variety of complementary work. I decided that getting loans to go back to school would really narrow my options instead of opening them up, so my life-long dream of art school turned out to be something I didn't want after all.

This affirms my observation that most things happen for a reason, whether or not we know what the reason is. Now I'm trying this grand new experiment of trusting that the universe will take care of me as it takes care of everything, so I don't worry so much about stuff I can't necessarily control.

Supporting local economies, fair trade, and handmade enterprises is important to me, as are animal welfare, a diet of locally-grown and organic foods, and a sustainable lifestyle. I try to live simply and keep the amount of stuff I have to a minimum (but I can't make that apply to shoes, asstastic jeans or art supplies).

Usually I have a cat in my lap when I'm in the computer cockpit.

I oscillate wildly between loving to be around people and wanting to be by myself all the time.

A few of my favorite thangs

  • Flipbooks (I have a small collection)
  • Terribly boring (as in, why on earth would I go there?) or otherwise unusual postcards
  • Languages (I'm trying to learn a smattering of every major language, just in case)
  • Cheap art
  • Polish art posters
  • Sewing
  • Recycled & upcycled stuff
  • Bikes & bike culture
  • Long earrings
  • Letterpress, serigraphy & woodcuts
  • Handmade anything & fair trade
  • Things that hang from the ceiling
  • Vintage illustrated dictionaries, encyclopedias and textbooks
  • Anatomical, biological and architectural drawings
  • Obscure vocabulary
  • Seeds, nuts and seedpods
  • Origami
  • Colors: black, navy, dark gray and red.
  • Reading. Lately I'm on a medieval history, early American history, arctic exploration and science-writing kick, but I also love fairy tales, dorothy sayers, pearl s. buck, marge piercy, octavia butler, douglas adams and the 'his dark materials' trilogy. I will not read romance novels to save my life.
  • Quilts
  • Working myself silly
  • Unstructured time
  • Getting mail!
  • Contemporary art with a sociopolitical bent
  • Collage
  • Music from the 1930s, and lyrics that aren't in English
  • Useful things like kitchen utensils, pocket knives, magnets, thumbtacks, picture frames, etc
  • Maps
  • Musky incense, but not the fruity stuff
  • Chai, black and detox teas

Some things I just won't use

I'm in this for the surprises, but there are some things I won't know what to do with, such as

  • Meat, leather or other animal ingredients
  • I'm a vegan-leaning vegetarian who tries (and often fails) to squelch her sweet tooth, hates green peppers, and can't drink apple juice.
  • Dolls & bears
  • Disney, sanrio or other pop cartoon characters (but I really like more underground comix)
  • Pastel shades
  • Cute & sweet anything
  • Romance novels
  • Bookmarks (what for? an old envelope will do)
  • Religious & spiritually-oriented stuff (I'm not unspiritual, but I prefer to define it myself)
  • Any synthetic fibers (polyester, nylon, etc), they're the equivalent of scratching a chalkboard to me
  • Knick-knacks, dustcatchers, or tschotchkes
  • Things from walmart or dollar stores
  • Smelly bath & body products (but I love the natural stuff)
  • Not that I'd get these by swapping, but I don't have a husband and kids and I don't want either of them.

Favorite Music

josephine baker, radiohead, wilco, calexico, mission of burma, carina round, propagandhi, q and not u, old 97s, pj harvey, the weakerthans, the smiths, bad religion, the dears, diverse, elliott smith, frank black & the catholics, fugazi, yo la tengo, neil young, slim cessna's auto club, the stooges, neutral milk hotel, the roots, stinking lizaveta, andrew bird, the clash, stratotanker, can, the make-up, the fall, joy division, MC5, gang of four, bauhaus, alice coltrane, TV on the radio, patsy cline, the carter family, talking heads, curtis mayfield, the cure, violent femmes, pavement, sslyby, etta james, john coltrane, jose gonzales, iron & wine, karl larsson, etc etc etc etc etc.

mostly independents. very little country or R&B.

My studio is in a kitchenette


photo by ms Julia Blaukopf http://www.juliablaukopf.com/


hippofairy rated for We Love Postcards on Apr 2, 2009
Comment: thank you for the pretty angel postcard! :) and i love the quote!
jay357 rated for Four ATCs of the Apocalypse! on Feb 16, 2009
Comment: thank you for the wonderful atcs! i think you did them very well =D
frankcheez rated for MINI Collages on Feb 8, 2009
Comment: What a cool collage! Thank you so much. And it certainly was packed very sturdily.
crescendo rated for Sweet, sweet goat ATCs on Feb 5, 2009
Comment: Kate I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE your goaty goodness ATCs!!! You are so clever and your work is just top quality. These are THE BEST ATCs I have gotten and I am totally going to frame yours too, these must go in my bedroom so I can see them when I wake up in the morning and smile at the funny goats! I love your sense of humor. This swap was awesome, thank you so much for setting it up for us. I think that is so cool that they are your own goat pictures, and the comment about the cheese tasting better when the farmer kisses their ears, priceless! Huggies, Sue.
Blacksheepiv rated for HOME GROWN! on Feb 5, 2009
Comment: I just love what you sent - adore Apple Butter, peanut chews delicious and the espresso choco to die for!!!! Thank you so much!!!!!
Response: Oh goody! Don't eat it all at once - I got some chocolate in another swap and learned not to do that the hard way.
CraftDiva4 rated for Groundhog Day Cards #3 on Feb 3, 2009
Comment: What a beautiful card, thank you so much!
sparklypixiedust rated for Photos on Feb 2, 2009
Comment: Recieved photos and loved them. There is a large variety of places and subjects. Thank you so much for the beautiful photos i will treasure them! Manda
leeler rated for chinese new year atc on Feb 2, 2009
Comment: Thank you very creative, love the rat. My zodiac symbol is the rat.
Response: ha! I thought I chose the rat randomly - I was looking for monkey images but found the rat instead. something in me must have known who I was making it for. the world works in mysterious ways.
karlyn rated for Photos on Feb 2, 2009
Comment: Thank you for the intriguing photos. I like the men in Mexico and the contrast with the boys. The electric votives are a hoot. The others are facinating as well. My you've travelled extensively! Thanks for sharing your journeys.
zanylady rated for Fabric Postcard Swap (January) on Feb 1, 2009
Sunnie rated for Photos on Feb 1, 2009
Comment: thanks for the great photos they were fascinating :) I really enjoyed looking at them
flowersmakemesmile rated for Groundhog Day Cards #3 on Jan 31, 2009
Comment: I love the pictures and the little fact sheets. I have been keeping my 4 year old cousin, and he enjoyed reading them with me and looking at the pictures.
Comment: Great package, thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Comment: Again, I love how creative your card is! Thanks so much. I hope to receive more great cards from you!
Comment: Thank you for the ATC. I like how you thought of me when you put this together. Thanks again.
Comment: Thanks for the quilt block, I love the colors, and all the extras.
Sweeti8286 rated for We Love Postcards on Jan 25, 2009
Comment: Thanks for your postcard :)
LillyRae rated for Restock/Reswap #2 on Jan 25, 2009
MikluvsMnky rated for Glucksschwein: Good Luck Pig on Jan 25, 2009
Comment: Kate, Thank you so very much for the wonderful good luck pigs. What a great game so curious and random, I love it! The postcard was also very appropriate for this swap. Great parcel and you're an awesome swapper, thanks again.
Comment: Hi! Thank you for the adorable socks. Your aunt might not wear them, but I sure will! Thanks again!

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crescendo on Feb 2, 2009:

bluemerleboutique on Jan 8, 2009:

Hi there! I just wanted to let you know I've posted your cd for the Indie Rock swap. I hope you will enjoy it! Have a great day!


bluecornflower on Dec 21, 2008:

Hi Kate, I am sending my swap to you early (from Ireland) to make sure it gets there in time for your art project. Good luck!

fabricmom on Dec 17, 2008:

Welcome to the fabric postcard swap....Thanks for joining in. Holly

sunnysidey on Dec 15, 2008:

Wishing you well in your January venture! :-) How exciting!

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