I'm Stephanie/Steph. 40. Married. Mother to one. Introvert. Shy. Social misfit. Anxiety warden. Reformed class clown. Nerd. Dork. Homebody. Humanist. Color lover. Paper connoisseur. Excellent cook. Less excellent housekeeper. Horrible gardener (sorry, plants!). ISTJ, Scorpio & Earth Goat...for whatever that's worth. Native Floridian. Tallahassee resident for the last 10 years.
Making things is my outlet, my therapy, my connection. I try and create something everyday. Sometimes it's just an ATC; sometimes it's a whole book or a tacky wall ornament. Mostly I like to create in a pop art, modern style, but I can do the pretty, vintage style, too. Mixing it up keeps things interesting.
My favorite medium is collage. I'm a big fan of multi-layered creative collage, full of depth and details, but I also like simple, well done paper arrangements, color studies, abstracts, visual poetry and things more on the graphic design side. I prefer using mostly upcycled, reclaimed & second-hand materials (books, magazines, office & school supplies---though I do have an acute weakness for patterned scrapbook papers). I have a dedicated craft room (the "craft cave") filled with enough supplies to last me a good 10 years, at least. I enjoy making ATCs, postcards, glue books, little arty books, zines, assemblages, shadowboxes, wall art and repainted figurines.
Besides the usual handmade stuffs like ATCs and postcards, I can offer collage supply envelopes from my pretty large stash of books, magazines & collected ephemera. I also have a die cutting machine and a decent laser printer (color). I enjoy designing ATC labels and return address labels, along with collage image sheets using free images. It also doesn't take much to talk me into a thrift store find swap - we have tons of shops here in Tallahassee. PM me if any of these things sound remotely interesting to you. ✌️😉
A bunch of things I really dig...
Nick Bantock style
travel & world cultures
urban decay, city life, graffiti
botanicals, tropical flora/fauna
retro futurism, science fiction
space suits, aliens, galaxies, spaceships
anatomy; skulls/skeletons, eyes, hands
mythology, folklore, superstitions
graphic design, illustration, web comics
pop culture, memes, gifs, tv
heavy metal, new wave, riot grrrl, punk, alternative
high fantasy; dragons, wizards, magic, fae folk
curiosities, oddities, medical mysteries
whimsy, kitsch, bohemian styles, Zetti
Itkupilli Imagenarium, CrowAbout StudioB
geometric patterns, symbols (stars, arrows, plus signs)
modern & contemporary art; surreal, abstract, lowbrow, pop, psychedelic, comic book
Frida Kahlo, James Jean, Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Edward Hopper, Rex Ray, Marion Peck, Ray Caesar, Carrie Ann Baade
reptiles; alligators, lizards, snakes, dinosaurs
birds; cockatoos, chickens, emus, ostriches, vultures, ravens, owls
raccoons, gibbons, big cats, pitbulls, Rottweilers
food puns, cheeseburgers, mushrooms, strawberries
snark, dark humor, stand-up comedy, satire
cartoons; SpongeBob SquarePants, American Dad, Rick and Morty, Bob's Burgers, The Venture Bros., Final Space, Teen Titans Go, The Amazing World of Gumball, Dragon Ball
Floridiana; kitschy collectibles, citrus fruit, palm trees, freshwater springs, Walt Disney World, manatees, Everglades...
favorite color: varies day to day, I like all bright bold colors; chartreuse, turquoise, purple, orange, hot pink...
I like a lot of things and have magpie tendencies which leads me to collect a lot of things. Nowadays I do my best (with the help of family) to mostly focus on only collecting:
★ classic Star Wars stuff; especially Darth Vader
★ clowns (yep, I'm one of those weirdos)
★ Buddha (original); Budai (the fat one)
★ Maneki Neko (lucky cats)
★ skulls, calaveras, Grim Reapers
Images, postcards or any other items featuring SHARKS. I have a phobia (seriously).
Religious materials, scriptures, angels, Christian iconography, etc. I'm atheist and have no interest in these things - even ironically. TBH I don't have a lot of interest in atheist things either. 🤷 Believe what you wanna believe and move on with your life.
Edibles, scented things, tea bags, drink mixes, makeup, face masks, etc. I'm a life-long allergy sufferer and have uber sensitive skin. I don't randomly try new things unless I want to break out in hives and/or die. 🙄
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