Hi, I'm zilliah! I've been away from Swap-bot for about five years, but I recently remembered how much I like sending and getting mail, so I'm excited to get back into it!
PLEASE NOTE! I'm shipping from CANADA so things will take longer to arrive: I'd appreciate it if you would wait a month before asking me to resend - it can take this long or longer for some mail to arrive. I will, of course, resend if it doesn't arrive, so please message me if you never get anything!
I love to draw, especially with markers! I'm been colouring in with watercolours more recently as well, since bringing a travelling watercolour box is a lot more portable than bringing all my markers everywhere. (Working with a small marker palette is great sometimes, but very frustrating when I just need that one colour I don't have with me!) I'm also trying to work on giving drawings a bit more depth and making forms more solid and 3D, which I'm finding watercolour works out a bit better for.
I really like text in art, particularly if it's hand lettered and integrated thoughtfully. It doesn't need to be English text - Islamic calligraphy is gorgeous, for example!
Most of my art I do in my sketchbooks - there's just something really satisfying about sketchbooks. I love looking back through old sketchbooks and seeing how my drawing has changed.
I'm very into making collages in my sketchbooks (particularly collages about my feelings), gluing things into them, and using stickers! I don't usually send collages for swaps (and I don't usually like to receive them), because I find it's difficult to make collages that have meaning for other people. I'm not at all into scrapbooking or "scrapbook-y" collages.
ATCs are one of my favourite things to swap, and I love making them! There's something very satisfying about working at a tiny scale - it definitely forces me to think about composition in a way I wouldn't otherwise. I've done a lot of mixed media ATCs in the past, but at the moment I'm mostly interested in drawn ATCs.
I love to knit! I actually teach knitting at a local yarn shop, and I generally have at least two knitting projects on the go at any time (one sock project, and something else). I'm currently trying to work down my yarn stash a bit...
I like embroidery, but tend to get into it rather sporadically. At the moment I'm working on some blackwork. I really like embroidery combined with ink or watercolours!
I really like speculative fiction, especially if it has believably written female characters. Short stories are great. Good retellings of fairy tales are awesome.
This story is excellent.
I generally love anything by Diana Wynne Jones, N.K. Jemisin, Kelly Link, Ellen Klages, Tamora Pierce, Patricia C. Wrede.
Some single books I love: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell (Susanna Clarke) Zahrah the Windseeker (Nnedi Okorafor) In Memory of Whiteness (Kim Stanley Robinson)
Robots, cyborgs, floating cities in the sky, biohazard logos (plus other warning logos and airplane emergency cards), circuit boards/diagrams
Mermaids and other fantasy ladies, dinosaurs, interesting underwater creatures, birds, mushrooms, wlw, rainbows, flowers, fashion, historical fashion, embroidery, maps, skeletons (anatomically correct ones, not creepy or sugar skulls; I really like bird skeletons)
Interesting textures, interesting light, underwater, text in art, character design
My favourite shape is a semicircle on top of a rectangle (think mushrooms, jellyfish, umbrellas, etc) but I also really like hexagons and circles
Blues, greens, purples, pinks, reds, greys
(Any of these are great for ATC themes.)
Stickers! I'm very into stickers at the moment. (No holiday/event, reward, 3D/puffy, or plain shape stickers please!)
Sketchbooks/sketchbook pages. I don't know why anyone would want to get rid of a sketchbook they'd finished, but if for some reason you do I'd be thrilled to take it off your hands!
Self-portraits, particularly abstract ones or making yourself into a character.
Well-made ATCs. I generally prefer hand-drawn/hand-painted: I do like collage, but I find it's really hard to do well. Collages that include hand-drawn/painted elements and/or unusual materials I tend to like. I also really like fabric ATCs.
Stim toys/fidget toys.
Interesting magazines to cut up (especially National Geographic type magazines or art magazines).
ATCs or drawings/paintings! I'm up for making ATCs for themes you like.
Fancy paper - I have a bunch of scrapbooking paper and fancy printed paper.
Yarn (have a look at my stash on rav if you're interested!)
Beads - the only beads I use now are seed beads for knitting, but I have a bunch left over when from I made (bad) jewellery. I may have some wire too?
Envelopes made out of nice paper.
I'm happy to swap these for different things - eg, send me some stickers and I'll send you some envelopes.
If you'd like to swap with me, don't be shy, just message me!
Anything to do with food/eating/cooking, including recipe cards.
Dogs, pets, babies, religious things, sports, tv shows/fandoms/celebrities (except for Steven Universe), holidays (including sugar skulls),
Rubber stamps, scrapbooking supplies.
Please nothing scented - I'm really sensitive to scents.
I'm allergic to cats/dogs/pollen/dust/etc.
Inchies, matchbooks, or FBs.
About my 1 and 3: These were both for swaps where I sent cards which never arrived, and then I got hit my major health problems so I couldn't deal with them. I've since made up for one (that's the 3), and sent additional cards twice to make up the 2nd one, but never heard back. I take swaps very seriously, but at this point the swap happened about five years ago and I have a hard time believing all three cards didn't arrive.
If I haven't rated you, it's because I haven't received it yet. I check the mail and am online most days.
If something's come up and you're late with a swap, just let me know - life does happen.
For the swaps I host, I will ban people who don't fit the requirements, but please don't take it personally and it doesn't mean you can't sign up for other swaps I'm hosting. It's your responsibility to read the swap requirements!
If you've flaked or failed to rate, either in a swap I'm hosting or as my swap partner, you will be banned from my swaps until it gets resolved. Here's the list:
Please let me know if it's been more than a month and you haven't received anything. I will resend! Be aware that I am shipping from Canada, and I can't afford to ship faster than standard - mail takes time to arrive! I've had flat mail from the states take more than a month to arrive, and I usually wait at least that long to contact people if I haven't received anything.
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