Date Joined: May 2, 2010
Last Online: May 15, 2013
Birthday: October 31
Country: United States
I'm an artist, arts administrator and arts business owner. I came to Wyoming late but find that I love every particle of the land here. I love to travel and have been to Europe, the Middle East and some of Southeast Asia. More is needed!
My own work tends towards book arts and textiles, and often has an intensely private, intimate feel to it. I've done some pretty extensive letterpress printing, but am not yet set up to do it where I am now. I like to do etching and monoprinting--again, I'm not quite set up for it right now. I've also been known to take photographs and write poetry. I am currently enthralled with glass fusing.
Some of the things I do: quilting sewing folding paper bookmaking jewelry making (usually larger beads--not seed beads) printmaking writing
My friend and I own Clay Paper Scissors Gallery & Studio in Cheyenne. We have a gallery that rotates shows about every 2 months, and 7 studio spaces that are rented to artists. It's been an interesting experience, and so far, we've stuck out the challenges! I love being able to put up my own shows, and show artists I love that don't get seen. We show mostly contemporary work, which is not the norm for Wyoming.
I will be out of the country between march 12 and april 15. I will have sent all my swaps before I leave, and I will rate anything that arrives before I go.
I travel a LOT for my job. This usually won't affect sending swaps, but it may mean delays in rating.
I also don't have a computer at home. Access to the internet is intermittent and usually only at work. That means that sometimes things are not so timely, such as notices, or marking when sent.
I always rate, generally within a few days of receiving; if I forget, let me know. I would appreciate the opportunity to resend if something doesn't get to you, so please feel free to contact me if something does not arrive. I will always ask and give you the opportunity to resend prior to rating.
I do not keep track of swaps I send to see if they were received/rated. I figure if you didn't get something, it is up to you to let me know so I can make it good. I do keep track of swaps that I have sent but not yet received/rated so I can let someone know if it doesn't come before I rate.
Oh...so many! My current all time favorite is The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister.
I love Louisa May Alcott, Lucy Maud Montgomery and many more "children's" book authors. As a child I adored Grimm's fairy tales; still love to read them. I especially love the beautiful children's books that come out. I have even printed nursery rhymes and fairy tales as part of my artwork. Harry Potter!!
The Sookie Stackhouse series. I am fond of social histories that are story-like. For quick escapism reads, I like Nora Roberts and Jayne Anne Krentz. I adored Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveler's Wife, and I like anything by Nice Bantock. Magazines: the Sun, National Geographic, UU World, Utne. However, I'll read just about anything...
Just a few:
Vincent Van Gogh
I prefer naked, stamped and written postcards, unless they're in a handmade envelope...but will love anything I receive!
Colors: jewel tones/darker colors, mostly. Blue, rose, lavender, lime are my favorites, but mostly I just like color.
Animals: seahorses, giraffes, cats (of all sizes and kinds, including wild), sloths, fish, owls, odd animals
Vintage or vintage styled items. I have a lot of weird kitchen items, and a waffle iron collection. I seem to like Serrano glass, preferably in avocado or blue. Can't tell you why.
Textiles: lace, delicious fabric (think velvet, silk, or anything that is lovely to the eye or touch), batik/ikat, embroidery or other embellishments. African textiles, particularly west African.
Plants: particularly pansies, camellias and herbs, but really anything
Writing: Poetry, things written in different alphabets, funny and/or strange stories, secrets
Paper of all kinds
Letterpressing, calligraphy, handwritten items
Printmaking (etching!, monoprints, etc)
Windows, doors and portals
Recipes: I like to cook and LOVE to bake. I don't use mixes or "fake" food when I cook or bake. I also like to eat, especially ethnic food! Note that I do not eat pork, so a recipe with pork would be lost on me. I also detest bananas!
Candy: Chocolate!! Cinnamon (love red hots). Nuts are always good, as is carmel (especially with sea salt).
Night and night themes
Water (oceans, rivers, lakes, fountains...)
Anything travel themed, or from somewhere else on the planet (or off it, I suppose)
Cookbooks and food themed stories!
Most stickers with the exception of Mary Englebreit
"Cutsey" things (I know, Mary Englebreit is cute)
Hello Kitty and the like
Candy/flavors: anything with artificial sweeteners (I get headaches), gummy candy, peanut butter, sour things and gum.
Art or handmade things. I collect functional pottery and adore fused glass. I am partial to handmade textiles (knitted, woven, etc...) but I also like other kinds or art.
Fat quarters--pretty, not cutesy. I prefer natural fibers. I love tactile fabrics--velvet, silk, satin, velour--and I also like cotton. The batiks that are out there usually make me really happy.
Lace and ribbon
Vintage or older textiles (handkerchiefs, pillowcases, etc)
Paper--interesting either in pattern or design. It can be ruled/graphed. It can be old and of any size. Handmade preferred but not required.
Yarn: natural fibers.
Beads: prefer glass or stone, not seed
Recipes: for homemade things, not out of boxes. I don't eat pork, so please don't send me a recipe with bacon or ham in it.
Containers: metal, glass, pottery, plastic, all sizes and shapes
Fiestaware--dinner plates in colors other than: lemongrass, cobalt, paprika, red, maroon, burgundy, dark purple, bright blue, chocolate. I can use the dessert plate in everything except bright blue, lemongrass and paprika. Right now I am not collecting other pieces, but that may change. I like the gusto bowls.
Pens, including sharpies
Colored Pencils, especially watercolor pencils (my favorite brand is derwent inktense, but I like others as well)
Tools for artmaking. Recently someone gave me this great water pen which can be used on watercolor pencils while traveling without having to have a brush..and it was cheap!
Vintage kitchen tools (I have a waffle iron collection!). Also those fabulous old light blue mason jars wit the metal or metal/glass lids.
I have a wishlist on Jessica's Biscuit
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