I've been sending mail art for 15 years and am loving getting involved in it again after a few years' break.
These days I spend most of my time working: I teach and perform circus (trapeze, handstands) and copyedit books, mostly young adult fiction. But swap-bot is helping me make time to get back to my crafty, letter-writing, tea-drinking, zine-making, mail-sending roots!
I love handmade, artsy, unique, and/or quirky postcards (feel free to send me a handmade one you are proud of, even if the swap says not to -- I will be delighted and won't rate you down for it! vintage is great too).
It makes me happy when the message side tells me something about the person's day, or asks me questions, or is generally thoughtful and/or interesting to read.
I like black tea (flavored and unflavored) and herbal tea (I prefer ones containing just herbs, no added flavoring, but it's not a big deal). I don't drink green tea much, except for matcha.
I love to receive mail in a handmade or decorated envelope.
I love to learn a little bit about you or hear about your day.
I have been collecting stickers to use on postcards and letters since I was a kid, and I especially love little ones that fit on the back of a postcard.
Flat(ish) items I like to receive: stickers, fancy and/or colorful paper or cardstock for stationery or postcards, blank postcards, stickers, fabric scraps, ribbon, face masks (those are to pass on to a teenager I live with), temporary tattoos (artsy ones for grown-ups, not kiddie ones), and tea.
Bigger items I'd love to receive: See my Amazon wish list linked to at the top! Any ATC supplies, postcard-making supplies, colored pens and markers (especially brush pens for hand lettering), Instax film, books about drawing and hand lettering, art and photography magazines.
My favorite colors are magenta/raspberry and teal. I feel unreasonably happy any time I see these colors!
Things I'm Less Excited to Receive
I'm not so into tourist postcards, although it helps if you tell me about YOUR experience with the thing that's pictured! I'm not religious, but don't mind receiving anything that's meaningful to you. I'm gluten-intolerant... but I doubt anyone is planning to send me cookies anyway ;).
I love to make, send, and receive handmade postcards, stationery, and envelopes. I also love to make and admire other people's artist books, book art, and zines.
I crochet and sew, but I don't find time for either much lately.
Favorite writers include Anne Carson, Laynie Browne, Maggie Nelson, and Natalie Goldberg. I also love YA fiction, especially anything with dragons.
Female singer-songwriters, folk/acoustic music, classical, and experimental contemporary classical music.
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