Thanks for checking out my profile! It’s a constant WIP. Redecorating and fluffing pillows mostly---not much change in the info. Quick bits first...
All of the links above work, if you want to check out my stuff. I update IG just about daily and my blog 1-2 times a month (spirit willing). Here's your spoiler warning.
Private swaps? Gourd, yes! Ask me anytime if you are interested in exchanging mail art, ATCs, paper/collage supplies. Private swaps are the best! And if you’d like to commission me for something (themed set of ATCs? Wall art?) I’m sure we can work something out.
If you’d like to be more regular mail pals, I’m game for that, too. That is, if we’ve swapped before and you’d just like to keep exchanging informally. Send me something. I’m happy to reciprocate.
On with the show…
My name’s Stephanie. I mostly go by Steph. I’m a nerdy, late 30s, introvert with a husband, a 20-year-old “child” and 2 extremely senior dogs. We live amongst the trees in Tallahassee, FL. My daughter and I are originally from the Tampa Bay Area (born and raised there).
Creatively, I’m most engaged in collage and mixed media art/crafts. I’m self-taught and have been messing around for over 10 years now. Prior to getting reacquainted with paper art, I was heavy into photography. I think that foray really helped hone my eye for composition within collage. Overall, I’ve always messed around with making things. My whole family is creative in some form or another and making things has always been a welcome activity for us. We’re all nerds for handmade stuff.
I like making postcards, ATCs, artbooks, zines, assemblages, wall art, altered art, painted figurines. Once in a blue moon I’ll sew something if I’m feeling brave. I have my own dedicated craft room (the "craft cave") stocked with supplies and most of my worldly possessions (like my Monchhichi and 3 ft. tall Darth Vader).
I’m here on Swap-bot because I want to experience other people’s creativity. I want to see what you’re excited to make, how you interpret a given theme, what supplies you enjoy using; basically I want to see what makes other makers tick. I mostly only join sender’s choice or theme-driven swaps, so please, feel free to make whatever you are inspired to make. If you have fun making it and like the end results, it can’t be bad. ✌
That being said...everybody has likes/dislikes, so keep on reading for the things that get me going.
I like an immense range of things. My "aesthetic" or whatever the kids call it, is Goth-bohemian-70s love child-80s K-Mart kid-90s mall rat with a side of nerd-witch-hippie. 😂 I like dark, macabre stuff just as much as smiley-happy, rainbow stuff. *shrugs*
If you're here for a condensed selection of faves, here you go...
ᴄᴏʟᴏʀs: all of the bright and bold ones, including neons. Hot pink, orange, turquoise, chartreuse, yellow, deep purple, royal blue. RAINBOWS = 💖.
ᴘᴀᴛᴛᴇʀɴs/ᴍᴏᴛɪғs: paisley, halftone, geometric, symbols, hand-drawn/doodles, retro florals, visual texture (peeling paint, rust, woodgrain).
ᴅᴇsɪɢɴ/sᴛʏʟᴇ: psychedelic, bohemian, Marimekko, comic book art, graffiti, Spanish Revival Architecture, Mid-Century modern, CSA Design, typography, 70s-80s-90s design.
ᴏᴜᴛᴅᴏᴏʀsʏ: blue skies, palm trees, poppies, sunflowers, ranunculus, wildflowers, succulents, white sandy beaches (I am a born-and-raised Floridian), epic oaks & pine trees, birds, bugs, lizards, fish.
sᴘᴇᴄɪғɪᴄ ᴀɴɪᴍᴀʟs: cockatoos, raccoons, sphynx cats, sloths, Boston Terriers, Rottweilers, Pitbulls, capybaras, alligators, ravens, emus, llamas. Really, all animals are cool. Except sharks. 😩
ɴᴇʀᴅʏ: Arthurian legend, mythology, anatomy, Astronomy, Egyptology, Anthropology, Biology, sci-fi/fantasy, spaceships, aliens.
ᴘᴏᴘ ᴄᴜʟᴛᴜʀᴇ: memes, Adult Swim, MCU, Universal Monsters, Heavy Metal, reaction gifs, game shows, Judge Judy, stand-up comedy, emoji, anime, Pop Team Epic, Gary Busey.
ᴀᴛᴄ ᴛʜᴇᴍᴇs: Nick Bantock style, altered Mona Lisa, goddesses, funky shacks, anthropomorphic animals, snarky people and animals, creepy/spooky Halloween, Day of the Dead, history memes, comic book art, sun/moon faces, inspirational (not spiritual) quotes, food puns.
ᴍɪsᴄ. ɪᴍᴀɢᴇʀʏ: retro TV sets, vintage VW Beetle/Bus, Buddha, deep sea divers, astronauts, Second Generation Chevrolet Chevelle (1968-72), cheeseburgers, hands, skulls, mannequins, dummies.
I actively collect:
Darth Vader/classic Star Wars items
Buddha & Budai
Maneki-neko ("beckoning cat")
Owls, Raccoons & Squirrels
CLOWNS (silly or scary, not artsy-fartsy)
Besides handmade stuff and art, I have a weakness for collage/paper supplies. I'm not too bad about it --- I use what I have all the time and mostly only shop second-hand or bargain clearance. I'm almost always up for a paper trade though, especially for:
graph/grid papers - quad, hexagonal, logarithmic
real vintage 40s-70s yearbook portraits
painted papers, palette papers, blotting papers
text printed scrapbook and tissue paper, hand typed-typewriter pages of gibberish (I just like the look of the font for texture)
colorful, patterned scrapbook papers: busy florals, plus signs, arrows, stars, geometric patterns, clouds (real or illustrated), visual textures (wood grain, rust, peeling paint, textile close-ups)
magazine pages--from any mags featuring: travel, design (interior, graphic, architectural), skateboarding, surfing, photography, art
flat textural elements, like drywall tape, die-cuts, die-cut waste
road maps--esp. in unusual colors (not primary)
images of expressive people, diverse people (POC), realistic everyday people (as opposed to glassy-eyed supermodels); ANY images or postcards featuring anything mentioned in my likes
b&w photocopies, concert/gig flyers (again, more for visual texture)
Other non-handmade things I like to swap...
ʏᴇs: Lisa Frank, kawaii (esp. weird & silly stuff), Trader Joe's, anthropomorphic things, animals, flowers, hippie, speech bubbles, rainbows, SpongeBob SquarePants, even teacher reward stickers---sayings of the general positive reinforcement variety ("YOU'RE AWESOME!" etc.) and stars (I blow through stars like mad).
ɴᴏ: babyish, preschool stuff (Dora the Explorer, Winnie the Pooh, etc.), Disney characters, superheroes, really mushy "I LOVE YOU" xoxo stuff.
Obviously handmade is awesome (don't cop out, send it naked!) but other than that, I don't really collect any specific size or type of postcard. If it's a naked postcard swap, please don't worry too much about what to write. I know them feels! A random joke, quote, doodle, a bunch of stickers...whatever you feel pleased to add...are all fine and dandy.
I can always use plain envelopes, well made handmade envelopes, note cards, address labels and flat baggies (cello or paper). I don't really go over the moon for washi tape samples wrapped around cards...unless they have funny/unique designs or are EXTRA wide tapes (I use those for the spines of my artbooks). Otherwise the samples just get filed away and I forget about them. 😕
If you really want to see what floats my boat, supply-wise, here's my Amazon wishlist. It's what Husband shops from for birthday/XMas.
The 2 things I really, really, really, really dislike are:
sʜᴀʀᴋs. Even pics. I have a phobia. Seriously. Shark Week is hell.
ʀᴇʟɪɢɪᴏɴ. I'm atheist. Have been since I was a kid. The end.
After those 2 things, I have very strong aversions to feet, misogynists, gender norms, IG influencers, poor reading comprehension, blind nationalism, fakeness, bigotry, the willfully ignorant, pushy people and burnt popcorn.
A hearty NO THANKS to:
comestibles/potables of any type; including tea bags, candies, spice mixes, etc.
mini notecards, teen-tiny punched shapes, loose confetti.
paint chips, random playing cards, cancelled current US postage -- I have enough & can easily get more.
brown patina, antique paper things. I rarely use this kind of stuff, but have a good supply on hand already (plus a binful I need to get rid of--hint).
and while I do love/collect clown stuff, I draw a line at John Wayne Gacy, ICP and other real world, horrific interpretations of clowns.
ᴛʜᴇᴍᴇs ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴍᴀᴋᴇ ᴍᴇ ɢᴏ "ᴜɢʜ": zombies, steampunk, shabby chic, true crime, drinking, sports, patriotic, wedding, Paris, most traditional holidays, country, diva/princess, disembodied genitalia (no matter how silly) 😝.
I think that's enough.
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