I'm Stephanie; a nerdly dorkish lady of nearly 40 years, married, with one grown child still at home. We live in Tallahassee, FL with a couple of senior pups. I'm a homemaker and try to cram as much creative playtime into my day as possible between one boring chore or another.
I have been crafting for as long as I can remember. My parents are crafty, their parents were crafty...it was always a big part of life growing up. I have a deep appreciation for the time, care and resourcefulness that goes into hand-crafted creations.
I'm an avid sharer of art. I run a little informal mail art network as well as trade on ATCsforALL (same username) and via Instagram/blogs. For the last 10 years, my creative focus has been on collage/mixed media projects. I have a sizable stash of paper & art supplies that I dig into constantly. I'm lucky enough to have my own craft room (the "craft cave") that is comfortably filled with everything I love. There is no stress in the craft cave, so needless to say I try to be in it as much as possible.
I'm an introvert; an enthusiastic homebody with quite a lot of social anxiety (and other, general anxieties about everything, let's be honest). When I'm not messing around in my craft cave or working around the house, I like doing word searches, vegging out to Netflix stand-up comedy specials and enjoying my backyard (hoping to one day be accepted as a member of the squirrel pack I feed daily).
My preferred medium is collage (slash mixed media) and I make the standard collage fare stuff: postcards, ATCs, zines, decorated envelopes, artbooks. I also like making larger decor things (canvases, shadowboxes) and altered art (assemblages, wood blocks, mini shrines) but don't get to make them as often.
Currently (Summer 2018), I'm on a break from making ATCs. I went too deep and got a little burned out on them, so I'm focusing on other projects for a bit. Balance in all things, yadda, yadda.
I used to have a Flickr that was a catalog of everything I'd made since 2009, but I got sick of the wishy-washy shit there and deleted my account. You can check out some of the older stuff on Pinterest though (never thought I'd be thankful for Pinterest, but yeah): MY MAIL ART.
My style, or the style I most like to create in, is colorful, irreverent, bold...a visual assault for the eyeballs? Someone said that once. I took it as a compliment. I just like to have fun.
I call myself an artist because, why not? I'm not a professional. I didn't go to art school. I haven't taken any special classes. I still create stuff that's pleasing to the eyes and that's art in my book. Maybe it's not in your eyes. Most of the time my eyes like it though. Usually at least one other person likes it, too. That's enough for me. ✌
Wellllll, 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, occult stuff and smiley, rainbow "peace & love" graphics. *shrugs*
If you like lists, here you go. A condensed selection of FAVES:
Colors: all of the bright and bold ones, including neons. Hot pink, orange, turquoise, chartreuse, yellow, deep purple, royal blue. RAINBOWS = 💖.
Patterns & Style: paisley, geometric patterns, symbols, Marimekko prints, Spanish Revival Architecture, Mid-Century modern, Moroccan tiles, Navajo weaving, 70s-80s-90s design.
Outside: palm trees, poppies, wildflowers, succulents, white sandy beaches (I am a born-and-raised Floridian), epic oaks & pine trees, birds, bugs, lizards, fish.
More Specific Animals: cockatoos, raccoons, sphynx cats, Boston Terriers, Rottweilers, Pitbulls, capybaras, alligators, ravens, emus.
Nerd side: Arthurian legend, mythology, anatomy, Astronomy, Egyptology, Anthropology, pop culture, Biology, sci-fi/fantasy, Halloween.
ATC Themes: Nick Bantock style, altered Mona Lisa, anthropomorphic animals, snarky people and animals, creepy/spooky Halloween, history memes, comic book art, sun/moon faces, inspirational (not spiritual) quotes.
Misc. Imagery: retro TV sets, vintage VW Beetle/Bus, deep sea diver, astronaut, Second Generation Chevrolet Chevelle (1968-72), cheeseburgers, hands.
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 French clowns)
Since my likes are so broad, I think it's safe to say I like weird/random shit. I'm not offended by nekkid people, swear words, potty humor, bugs, manga, anime, occult, morbid humor...you get it.
Paper is my jam! And I have a room full of it! I love paper trades...especially with people who dig the same stuff I do. Hit me up if you're interested in any of the following:
--graph, grid papers
--real vintage 40s-70s yearbook portraits
--painted papers, palette papers
--text printed scrapbook and tissue paper
--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 - any mags featuring: travel, design (interior, graphic, architectural), skateboarding, surfing, photography, art
--road maps-- esp. in unusual colors (not primary)
--images of expressive, diverse people
--ANY images or postcards featuring anything mentioned in my likes
--hand typed, typewriter pages of gibberish (I just like the look of the font for texture)
--Xerox copies (b&w), concert/gig flyers
STICKERS! Oh gawd, stickers. I looooove stickers! I will add them to all kinds of stuff. Any size is cool--flakes, deck stickers, even bumper stickers. I like characters, weird kawaii stuff, words, reward stickers of the positive reinforcement "YOU'RE AWESOME!" variety, planner stickers that aren't planner specific (they don't say things like "to-do" or "appointment"), Lisa Frank, Trader Joe's, speech bubbles, stars...
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, really dislike are:
SHARKS. Even pics. I have a phobia. Seriously.
RELIGION. 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, blind nationalism, bigotry, the willfully ignorant, pushy people and burnt popcorn.
Don't Use, Want or Need: teeny-tiny punched shapes/confetti, holiday greeting cards, mini note cards, purse turds (tea bag tags, food wrappers, WalMart receipts--these are not usable ephemera in my book), cancelled current US postage, super old & antique papers (brown patina things are not my jam), paint chips, recipes.
Themes That Make Me Go "Meh": zombies, steampunk, shabby chic, true crime, drinking, sports, patriotic, wedding, Paris, Tim Holtz style, most traditional holidays, country, diva/princess, disembodied genitalia (no matter how silly) 😝.
In case I didn't make it clear already, please do not send me any edibles, drink mixes, TEA BAGS, spices, potpourri sachets or bath/body products. I have a laundry list of allergies and sensitivities and would never use these items randomly coming from someone via mail.
I'm here on Swap-bot because I want experience the creativity of others - it's why I stick to mostly sender's choice and technique/theme driven art swaps. Sure, I have personal style preferences, but I'm open to receiving any and all honest, heartfelt creations. Please, follow whatever your creative vision is for a swap where I'm your partner. I will appreciate your authenticity more than anything.
I rate the day I receive a swap, usually not until after dinner, because Husband fetches the mail when he comes home from work. Sometimes I miss a delivery because our mail runs anywhere between 11AM and 6:30PM (😒) - then I rate the next morning. If you sent me something and feel you should have been rated/acknowledged already, please feel free to PM me! I won't get snippy about it and I definitely won't "retalirate" with a petty rating/comment. I care about everything I send out, too, and will follow up after a reasonable amount of time has passed for mail transit.
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