HELLOOOO! It has certainly been quite a long time since I have participated in any swaps...but I miss it and I miss all the fun things showing up in my mailbox and more importantly, I miss making and writing and sending.
I am a sassy lady in my 30s with a husband of almost 10 years and a 6 year old daughter. We have two cats that are fat fuzzballs and a "neglected" beta fish. I have an art therapy BA and am starting grad school (again) this fall. I love sending and receiving mail. I love mail art. I've been creating and crafting and using my imagination for as long as I can recall. I helped start an art gallery collective that was open for over two years. And now, in addition to my part time job and adulting, I have my own arty business, art studio and actively sell at a variety of art and craft fairs.
My original crafting love is for paper and many different paper crafts: card making, postcard making, collage, making journals... I also love making earrings and I wear them everyday!
I think I want to start making zines again.
I love painting with watercolors. Much of my painting focuses on body positivity and representing larger bodies not often seen in modern fine art.
I Love to collect papers and I LOVE vintage magazines for use in collage. I have a neat collection of National Geographic Magazines from the early 1930s and the entire 1986 collection of Playboy Magazine... hehe!
Along with paper crafts I'm a sucker for all sorts of embellishments: WASHI TAPE, brads/fasteners, some stickers, die-cuts, acetate cut outs...
I LOVE sakura micron pens and liquitex inks!
I have been experimenting with working in altered books and have been journaling and art journaling for years.
I have also had some experience with enameling on copper base metals but I don't currently have my set up in my studio. I also enjoy photography along with my husband. We have all the equipment for a darkroom but not enough room in the studio...
I like a pretty wide variety of music, but this is some of what I've been listening to lately:
Milky Chance, Grade, At-the-Drive-in, Mirah, Interpol, Rilo Kiley, Maggie Rodgers, Alkaline Trio, Jets to Brazil, Jawbreaker, Regina Spektor, Cat Power, Santigold.....
Also just got into very specifically styled ##GRAPHIC NOVELS by
"Blankets" and "Habibi" by Craig Thompson
Everything done by Marjane Satrapi
"Ghost World" by Daniel Clowes
"Encyclopedia of Early Earth: A Novel" by Isabel Greenberg
The Hawkline Monster by Richard Brautigan,
Salad Days & Pariah by Charles Romalotti,
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett,
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.
Furociously Happy by Jenny Lawson.
Funky and large earrings.
Outer space & astronauts.
Seahorses (lifelike, not cartoony).
Fine Art "Plus Size" figure model inspiration.
Written thoughts on personal opinions.
Mendhi inspired art & designs.
Unused U.S. stamps (vintages ones are especially neat).
Watercolors and acrylic inks.
Handmade cards & postcards.
Old black and white photos (I've been picking these up at antique stores since I was a kid...instant ancestors! Haha!).
Spirituality (eastern spiritual ideas like Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, etc, "new age" spiritualism, pagan, earth based beliefs, ancient spiritual info/beliefs).
Art & writing that positively explores sensuality, body image, childbirth, sexuality & the human form.
Classic Artists: Gustave Klimt, Alphonse Mucha, Edouard Manet.
Rustic looking stuff.
Purple & teal & copper.
Collages and art.
Ghosts (creepy not cartoony).
Tea (black tea, white tea, roobios and mint tea are my faves) & coffee.
Stationary with matching envelopes.
Postcards (some touristy are ok as I can alter them).
Weird/Strange/Odd images, stories, photos.
Foreign language book pages & magazines (any language that is not English).
Cartoons (Hello Kitty & Disney-like stuff).
Green tea, chai and ginger flavors.
Bubbly, girly stuff.
Religious themed stuff.
Most candy & Chocolate. (however I LOVE Rowntree's Fruit Pastilles)
Everything is Illuminated
The Dark Crystal
The Life Aquatic
Fried Green Tomatoes
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