Hi,my name is Catherine,I live in a small town in the south of the Netherlands. I married my high school lover and together we have 2 children. We live in an old brick house from the thirties, it is a great home to us and our cat Sushi. My background is in textiles and fashion design. But nowadays I like to PLAY with different media like paper,collage,paint...I love to make prints with the gelli plate on all kinds of different papers and ephemera. I share my mail-art on instagram ( if you want to be surprised, do not peek!). I like a lot of different things, so when you swap with me : just follow your heart ...Thanks!
*TIM HOLTZ anything!
*HANDWRITING (on shopping lists, letters, invoices, receipts etc.)
*Vintage BOOK PAGES or cutouts for example from old schoolbooks or children's books.
*Love die cuts!
*I use a lot of round stickers seals, always in need of those!
*EPHEMERA/especially vintage/ : tickets, maps, handwritten letters, office supplies like ledger papers, food labels/packaging, security envelopes.
= I am particularly interested in vintage office supplies=
*SHHHHHH (I have an ENVELOPE addiction and make my envies myself when possible).
*FLOW magazine is my favorite! I use it in almost all my snail mail swaps.
*WASHI tape makes me smile!
*address LABELS, another thing I can't resist!
*I love coffee and tea alike...not too fond of rooibos or pure herbal mixes (at the moment my favourite is green tea with coconut flavour)
*recycling/reusing is cool and so is THRIFTING. I love vintage (paper) items !
*JAPANESE design is an all time favourite...fashion, silk, origami, traditional patterns, kawaii cuteness (makes me smile).
*EMBROIDERY/sewing/stitching (also,on paper). I would love to learn about sashiko!
*STATIONERY is always welcome, anything to be used for snailmail.
*I am very happy to be part of the swapbot community and do my best to keep it a SAFE place. Thanks and happy swapping!
During my recent travels to the USA, I have fallen in love with postcards from Lantern Press!
I do not know what I prefer on postcards, the front or the back! Handwriting and stamps make it very special to me. So I will like anything you send me!
If you do need some more information,here are a few ideas: - Black and white photography - Close ups - Vintage - Children's book illustrations - Fonts/graphics - Birds - (food) packaging - Anything related to mail/ letter writing/ stamps.
I prefer my postcards send naked and I would love to see your handwriting, so write me a little something please
I love to take online classes, read blogs and visit pinterest to learn more about paper arts, mixed media, textile arts, art journaling, gelli plate printing, mail art, embroidery... some artists that inspire me are: Roben-Marie Smith # Alma Stoller # Julie Fei-Fan Balzer # Becci Orpin # Rae Missigman
I love colors, all of them! Bright, pastel,watercolors, aged surfaces, rainbow, metallics...as long as it is done with taste!
Some of my favorites are:
Mail posted in the weekends doesn't go before the next monday,sorry!
POSTAL UPDATE 01-2020: there are new guidelines for mail send overseas. Every envelope that does not contain documents only and is a little bulky, will be considered as a package (even a teabag counts). For example sending to the USA in this case is 10 euros. For me personally, this will mean sending my swaps as flat as possible, and sometimes, without extras.
Themes I like are : vintage encyclopedia - alphabets - handlettering/quotes - travel/maps - airmail related items- birds - japanese (textile) prints - watercolor effects - flowers/botanical prints- beautiful illustrations.
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