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nightswimmer

nightswimmer
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Last Online: February 13, 2020
Birthday: November 4
Country: Canada
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About Me

I love paper. Japanese papers make my heart go pitter-patter, and my ultimate paper adoration goes to chiyogami (aka yuzen). Hand-decorated paper is another weakness of mine, especially marbled or paste papers.

And what do I do with all that paper? Bind books. Create ATCs and collages. Carve and print linocuts. Design greeting cards. Sculpt and sew and otherwise manipulate paper into shapes it couldn't even dream of becoming until it met me.

But to be honest, I find it hard to be monogamous to my paper collection. I love fabric and yarn and embroidery floss too much to let it all linger in my craft closet. So some days I abandon the paper and knit, or sew, or crochet, or embroider instead. And then once in a while, when I'm feeling especially artsy, I'll pull out my watercolours and charcoal and pens and sketch and draw and paint. It's OK, my paper knows I'll come back to it eventually. After all, it is my real and true love.

Some of my other favourite things: silk fabric, fresh flowers, wool felt, handmade books, zentangle, letterpress stationery, homemade cookies, fine art, botanical prints, music, teal and lime green and plum and raspberry and charcoal, Flow magazine, hand lettering, art journals, caramel, coffee, linocuts and etchings, a day in the kitchen, a hot cup of tea, gardening, beads and buttons, ribbons.

I prefer sweet to cutesy, linocut to rubber stamped, natural to synthetic, modern to retro, secular to religious, richly-coloured to pastel, real to mythical.

Favorite Music

These days, Bon Iver, Sampha, Moses Sumney, Jamila Woods, Ray Lamontagne, Bruce Springsteen, Fleet Foxes, Iron and Wine, The Barr Brothers, Patrick Watson, Rose Cousins, Beyoncé, Laura Marling, Lord Huron, Evening Hymns, Donovan Woods, Half Moon Run. And, well, music in general. I play piano, ukulele, and guitar (badly). I love singing harmonies (not too badly).

Inspiration

Everything around me -- patterns, colours, textures; architecture, art, graffiti. People. Posters. And light. I love light. Bright, dimmed, glowing, disappearing, shining, glaring, warm, cool, illuminating.

Learning

I love to try new things, take classes, discover new ways of expressing myself. I love to be inspired by new techniques and materials.

I Love:

  • Paper! Any kind, especially in rich colours and unusual textures.
  • Craft supplies of all kinds. Fabric, thread, wool felt, ribbon, beads, decorative papers, embroidery floss, pens, inks, washi tape, punchies, die cuts, enamel dots, embellishments, ephemera
  • Mail art: ATCs, handmade postcards, zines, and hand-carved stamps
  • Correspondence supplies: notecards, letter paper, stickers, address labels
  • Dark chocolate, especially when it includes unusual ingredients (two of my favourites: pink peppercorns and earl grey tea)
  • Drawings and illustrations, small paintings and collages
  • Teas of all kinds, hot chocolate, and dark-roast coffee (although I'm not really into flavoured coffees)
  • Kits and samplers. Craft kits, spice kits, tea samplers, bath product samplers, I love them all. I'd rather have an assortment of tiny things than one big thing.

I Don't Love:

  • Dirty, broken, or junky things
  • Kawaii and cutesy stuff
  • "Country" or "primitive" styles
  • Artificial cherry- and grape-flavoured things
  • Religious items
  • Animal Prints

One More Thing

Please do not send me any items that smell of cigarette or cigar smoke.

Profile updated January 5, 2017

Ratings

Jorryn rated for Only in Canada: Blind Envelope #3 on Mar 3, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the envelope full of goodies : )
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Comment: Thank you for the cute card! I love the slider-like stripes. My cat tends to like to munch on artificial flowers for some reason. He is getting old now though so jumps to the table don’t happen very often. Happy Valentines Day!
Response: Thanks for the rating! Happy Valentine’s Day to you too!
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Comment: Lovely postcard. Thank you so much.
Rainydancer rated for BONUS Blind Envelope on Sep 5, 2019
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Comment: Oh my what an amazing surprise! I love everything. I feel so special getting this mix. LOVE all the paper especially and envelopes. Thanks so much for everything, in a beautiful package to boot!
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Comment: Exquisite card -- much thanks. Super adorable PC as an extra -- love it. THANKS
9O96O rated for WIYM: Black & White Postcard Swap #3 on Aug 24, 2019
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Comment: Hi nightswimmer. How nice to get a postcard from a fellow Ontarian. My camping trip went well, just a little rain but only a few dribbles. My favourite part was the kayaking. Glad to read that you had a great time and did a lot of fun camping stuff in Manitoba.
Response: Thanks for the rating!
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Comment: Thanks for the card! Glad you loved steamed crabs. MMmm really wish I could have some!
Response: You're welcome! Thank you for the rating!
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Comment: Believe it or not, I actually really like this PC. I'm glad you've saved it until this swap. ❤ Thank You.
Response: Haha, I'm glad you like it! Thanks for the rating!
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Comment: Hello! I received your postcard safely and I love it so much! Take care. Manpreet
Response: I'm glad to hear you like it! Thank you for the rating!
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Comment: Thank you for a lovely letter.
Cidssnailmail rated for Scrap Sampler #4 on Mar 5, 2019
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blubutterfly rated for CS: New Year, New You? on Mar 3, 2019
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Comment: What an awesome swap!! Thank-you so much:) Love love love all the vintage ephemera!! (Sorry for the late rating!). Hope have an awesome 2019!
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Comment: Thanks for your letter! I think snow-shoeing and building a fire sound quite idyllic!
shellbee8 rated for Scrap Sampler #4 on Feb 25, 2019
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Comment: I love how you gave it a theme! Its so pretty thank you!
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Comment: I hope you had a great valentines!!!
wolfeagle rated for Abstract Mail ARt on Feb 21, 2019
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Comment: Thank you so much. I also love to sew on mail art. ;D
sherylk3 rated for Pick 3 - January on Feb 6, 2019
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Comment: Thank you so much for all the floral goodness, I love the dragonfly paper and the blue paper, it's gorgeous.
quirkyish rated for WIYM - Colour A Postcard on Feb 2, 2019
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Comment: Thanks for the delightful colored postcard!
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Comment: Thank you for the wonderful washis!! Your envelope was really fun and creative!
YooperHill rated for WIYM: Winter Wonderland ATC on Jan 22, 2019
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Comment: I really like your ATC. Thank you.

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Comments

Lonestarchild on May 22, 2017:

GREAT envie full of fun stuff! Love all the fancy/textile papers! Thank you so much! ISS: Surprise Flat Envie Tag

aprettyfailure on Nov 16, 2012:

that's correct! i have lived on every continent except Antarctica!

pianoheart on May 17, 2010:

Thank you for the nice handmade book :)

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