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nightswimmer

nightswimmer
Original Member
Last Online: January 15, 2018
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

shellyc rated for WIYM: Mini flipbook - watercolor on Jan 18, 2018
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Comment: I've received your flipbook, and I love the little paperpiecings you layered throughout the book, as well as the watercolour background of the pages! I was thinking of contacting you next week about it when it arrived! Thanks again for creating this pretty watercolour flipbook for me!
winkipinki rated for Snail Mail Goodies on Jan 10, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely things you chose! I love the cards.
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Comment: What a great Christmas card, Chantale! Love the graphic quality and the touches of red. I love the Christmas lights, too! One of my favorite holiday eye treats! Have a beautiful Christmas!
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Comment: Best wishes for the season holidays and all the best for 2018
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Comment: Thank You for the nice card. When I was a little girl, growing up in a small town, my parents would take my brother and I for a drive to look at all the decorated houses. One of my fond childhood memories. Have a lovely holiday and may your tree lights twinkle just right. :D
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Comment: Thank you! Merry Christmas!
shellyc rated for NH: Pocket Letters for Beginners on Dec 4, 2017
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Comment: What a great first attempt! Your pocket letter is really pretty with the colour scheme and collaging/drawings, thank you for making it for me! :D
sabbysteg rated for PH: Send 2 Postcards #5 on Nov 19, 2017
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Comment: Very neat postcards. :) Thanks!
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Comment: Oh -- wow! This is such a fun envie. Love all the envies and NC! Great stamps too! Thanks so much!
EllieBeth8 rated for 30 gram Envelope #5 on Nov 4, 2017
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Comment: Thanks for the great swap! Have a nice day! Shelley
Cariboocarol rated for 30 gram Envelope #5 on Oct 24, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for everythIng! Not a single duplication and I will be able to use everything...lovely choices!!
Ruie rated for NH: International Happy Mail Package on Oct 6, 2017
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Comment: Oh my god, I love the items you got me! I couldn't be happier
goinjenny rated for WIYM: SEND ME YOUR UGLIEST CARD on Sep 28, 2017
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Comment: Thank you. Its still in the upper 80's here
shtrqueen rated for 30 gram Envelope #4 on Sep 25, 2017
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Comment: Thanks so much for the envie of goodies. I'm looking forward to using everything. Have a wonderful day. Happy Swapping!
Cariboocarol rated for 30 gram Envelope #4 on Sep 21, 2017
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Comment: Wow, I am so very happy with this envelope---I loved everything you sent and am so pleased with your choices for me!!! The one postcard od neon signs is going right back in the mail to my penpal who is a "road warrior" amd takes all kinds of photos of signs--she will love it. Thank you SO much!❤️❤️
angeness rated for NH Mail Art Swap on Jul 27, 2017
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Comment: Thanks so much for the beautiful envelope and the extras, the paper you sent is gorgeous!
Response: Yay, I'm so glad you liked it!
petercure rated for WIYM: Let's Trade 3 Postcards #2 on Jul 26, 2017
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Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely cards~(*^_^*)
Response: You're welcome!
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Comment: Thank you for the notecard. I don't think the envie was made by you, though - or was it?
Response: Thank you for the rating!
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Comment: Thank You! I'm certainly going to try this recipe! :) & oh! The artwork is TOO sophisticated for me :D -- still staring at it! :)
Response: Yay, so happy to hear that it made it to you this time!
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Comment: I love everything you sent me. What a great assortment of notecards, stickers, postcards...total awesomeness! Thank you!
Response: I'm glad you liked it!

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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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