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Date Joined: May 19, 2016
Last Online: April 1, 2020
Birthday: June 10, 1977
Country: Germany
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About Me

Lucky me! I'm starting a new job in July. I'm taking a break from swapping until then.

I joined this site because I make mail art, and I need people to send it to! I hope to receive mail art or goodies with which to make mail art in return. I am also a physicist: I build particle accelerators and I am looking forward to producing my first antimatter (this will take some time, so don't hold your breath). Some of my hobbies:

**Mail art

**Pottery, including kiln-building

**Reading aloud

**Learning languages (including new curse words)

**Ornithology ( I cannot say which bird I love the most. At the top of the list are: graylag goose, herring gull, raven, pigeon, blackbird, cormorant, common redshanks, greenfinch, albatross, robin, Eurasian curlew... actually, all of them. I wish I could lay their eggs.) Birds! But not birdcages.

**Local tourism (within cycling distance)

**Drinking whisky and eating cheese

**Cross-dressing (I welcome gender-subversive images)

**Collecting fossils

**Visiting art museums

I'm really interested in hearing about you: if you're not sure what to write, why not tell me about that great project you keep meaning to start/finish? You never know: it might give you the push you need to realise it! I am always interested in your local industries or handicrafts, especially ceramic and textile art. People tend to think their region has nothing to offer. I have heard this many times from my fellow Europeans, and I think USAians are the same. I'm sure you're wrong! And maybe this is your chance to find out more about your culture, whatever you define "yours" to be. My current town, for example, is a good place for tattooing and knotting (it's a seedy port town) as well as beer brewing.

Other regions in which I have lived were variously (locally) famous for: wine, beer, pewter, love-spoons, papercut silouhettes, coal-carving, lace-making, embroidery, spinning, yodeling, horse-breeding, rope-making, earthernware/fayence and dyeing. Yet in every one of these places, people denied that there was anything interesting going on in the region.

I once met a young man who said his tiny, conservative Bavarian village was the most boring place on earth (and I tend to agree), and it later turned out that he was was a Vorplattler (professional thigh-slapper) competing at world-class level! Ah, those Bavarians! So what are the people of your region up to behind closed doors?

I don't collect anything! No, no, that would just be accumulating stuff. Ahem. So, things I am definitely not collecting (cough, cough) are: images of craftspeople and their workshops, traditions and historical sites, feminist/womanist stuff, your interesting anecdotes, puns and sayings. If you send me those things, I will be very happy and will by no means be accumulating them, stroking them and giving them nicknames. Nor will I put them in tins and sort them into piles. No way. That would just be materialistic and silly. Which I am not. Glad we established that!

Favorite Books

Dictionaries, encyclopediae, maps, blueprints, the entire non-fiction section of the library.

Swappers with special needs...

I make almost everything out of scrap and leftovers, which I think gives it a rough-and-rugged recycling charm. If you are in a swap with me and have special needs, be they sensory, OCD, whatever, let me know and I will be glad make your post out of fresh, smooth, new paper. If you are visually impaired, please let me know and it will be my pleasure to make you a textured card or one with strong visual contrast.

I use vegetable-based glues and mineral-based pigment, but I occasionally use leather, feathers or wool. If you prefer me to make something vegetarian/vegan, I will be happy to do so.

I want to make you happy, so I will be delighted to accept your needs unquestioningly.

Favorite Crafts

Ceramics, recycling, papercutting, printmaking, drawing and sketching, collage, calligraphy, bookbinding, embroidery, woodburning, assembling junk, building giant evil lasers with which to take over the world, you name it! Favourite textures: Paper, textile, wood, leather, stone, feathers, fur, rusty iron, peeling paint, brick, string.

Secret career wish

I l o v e being a physicist. But I secretly wish I were one of those people that make maquettes for museums. I would be dead good at that.

I would also love to be a cheese-maker, a whisky distiller or a dry-stone waller.

If I could have one wish granted, I think I would like to experience life in a rock pool.

My application for German citizenship has been processed and I am now a genuine, certified, beer-swilling, tree-hugging, socks-and-sandals-wearing German. Hooray! I retain my British nationality, too, so don't worry: the football-hooligan, binge-drinking, culinarily-challenged and over-hyphenated side of my nature remains.

I have a huge weakness for...

Dutch/Flemish still-life, trompe l'oeil and vanitas paintings of the "Golden" century. Especially those with tulips, half-peeled lemons and oysters. Do you know the ones I mean?

Zoological and botanical collections, like insects pinned on cards, owl pellets, birds' eggs, pressed seaweed, wasps' nests, shed skins and the like. Xylotheks - wood libraries, like the Schildbach xylothek in Kassel.

European romanesque and gothic Catholic art: painting, sculpture, architecture, reliquaries, psalters. Slavic and Byzantine orthodox Christian art. Islamic calligraphy and tesselations. Religious art in general.

Arctic and seamen's art: scrimshaw, bone and antler sculpture, toys and clothing made of sealskin or fish leather, bone ships, knotwork, beading and ropework.

Ceramics ancient and modern. Art, traditional, domestic, industrial, medicinal, achitectural, brickmaking: all of it! Kiln building, glaze recipes, techniques and tools, potters: anything! Turkey, Ecuador, Denmark, Iran, Mali, China, Pakistan: Everywhere!

Textiles: Indonesian batik, Central European Blaudruck (indigo), Hebridean tweed, Baltic/Belarussian woven belts, Japanese woodblock print, Tyrolean felt.

Scientific images: microscopy, MRI, x-ray, diffraction patterns, circuit diagrams, the periodic table, telescopy, seismographs, cloud chamber patterns.

Special requests

LANGUAGE: Please write to me in English, German, Dutch, Afrikaans or French. If you write your return address in a non-latin script, please use your very best and simplest lettering. I will copy it verbatim, you see.

POSTCARDS: I like a postcard best if it is stamped and written on. If I join a blank postcard swap, it's because I overlooked the "blank" part, so please feel free to write on it!

LESS IS MORE: Unless I join a goodies swap, please don't send me anything but the swap item(s), and possibly a note. I know you mean well, but my drawer is full!

BUT I STILL LIKE GOODIES: If I I join a goodies swap: please don't send me anything to eat or drink, no cosmetics or jewellery and nothing scented. I love scrap paper and recycling. Please send me your old, sun-damaged, torn or foxed paper, card, envelopes, used stamps and old office supplies (not scrapbooking paper from the craft shop). If you think it's too old or damaged or grubby or creased for a swap and it's at the bottom of your "can't bring myself to throw it away" drawer: please send it to me, you will make my day! Don't be shy, I won't mark you down! Please don't send me plastic unless it's something you would otherwise throw out. I like to be biodegradeable.


I thought I'd put a little something here for my fellow stamp swappers. Science, technology and medicine, please! I love stamps with a limited colour palette and a strong graphical component. Often the definitives of republics fit that description (Poland and the Czech Republic have lovely definitives), as well as Europa/CEPT and human rights motifs, but I'm not keen on portrait stamps or photographic ones. I like bridges, oil rigs, oil refineries... anything like that. I don't like Christmas and Easter stamps. I'll repeat that, because I've been getting a lot of them: I don't like Christmas and Easter stamps. I love the USA pottery and mineral stamps and the Dutch Luchtpost-bicycle. Newfound love: Singaporean "vanishing trades".

In other words: please send me your engineering, medicine and science!

I don't send out "third Reich" stamps. I know some people like to collect them and I understand that. Sorry!

Postage times

Deutsche Post is brilliant! (Thanks, Postie!) However, the world is big. Average times (from my Postcrossing experience): Germany - 2 days; BeNeLux and Austria - 5 days; Finland, France, Poland - 9 days; USA (city) - 15 days; USA (rural) - 21 days; Hong Kong and Taiwan - 16 days; China (city) - 24 days; China (rural) - 60 days; Moscow and St. Petersburg - 12 days; West Russia and the Urals - 35 days; Russia East of the Urals - 60 days and upwards; India - 40 days.

Thank you

Thank you very much in advance for taking the time to read this and think about what might please me. Be assured that your post will make me smile!

Yours sincerely, Sonia (SuMay)


matt319 rated for Where You Live (PC) - October on Apr 19, 2018
ainaignies rated for ANIMAL PC # 16 P is for ... on Nov 22, 2017
Comment: thank you
Comment: Thank you for such a beautiful ATC. I really appreciate the ephemeral images that you chose and how you interpreted the theme. Lovely!
nancybarlow rated for MFF: Mini Flipbook: Birds on Jun 20, 2017
Comment: Oh, Sonia! What an awesome flipbook with so much to discover! Your detailing is amazing...such lovely work. The puffin tag made me smile :) The Bald Eagle fascinates me. I watch a live cam from January until the nestlings fly in June and often inflict it on my students. Thank you too for the old envelope. Of course, it will be used!!
Response: The German NABU has put aerials on storks, and I like to watch them gadding about in Chad during the winter: https://blogs.nabu.de/stoerche-auf-reisen/ Thank you for your rating and the heart. Last week, I was in Arctic Norway and I watched the puffins of Gjesvaerstappan (71° North). They are so adorable!
Comment: How did you manage to recycle the card so neatly?! :) What did you put on it?
Response: I'm afraid I can't remember.
Comment: Thank you for your beautiful ATC! I really appreciate both the packaging and your creativity in the execution. Love the textures and the composition! <3 I also completely agree with your note. It is so devastating to see decades of progress ruined with so much ignorance and greed. Please be sure that there are many people (including me) actively fighting against this new status quo.
Response: Indeed, I know you are, and thank you! Thank you for your rating and the heart.
Comment: Dear Sonia, I received today your beautiful swap. Your work is always an inspiration for me!! I did not even want to open the envelope as pretty as it was set up. Thank you SO MUCH For this amazing assortment of beauties. I love it all!!! ♥♥♥
Response: You're most welcome, Maria!
LizzyJo rated for 10 minute ATC challenge - yellow on Jun 3, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the very cool "yellow fever" ATC, and all the other goodies you included. You made it a happy mail day for me. :-)
Response: You're most welcome. I have made the green ATC without a fish, in case I draw your address again. I'm sure you want some variety in your collection! I didn't realise until now how often I draw fish.
DeidreArt rated for Tweet Tweet Tweet on Jun 3, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for this very special package! The pendant is super cute!
Response: I'm glad you like it, Deidre. I hope you can find a use for it or pass it along to somone else who can. Thank you for the heart.
GinaVisione rated for HCS&I: Spring! on Jun 2, 2017
Comment: Hi Sonia - So sorry that I missed this rating until now. The Spring carvings (including your first adorable caterpillar!) are wonderful. Thank you for spring happenings in your part of the world too :D. Thanks for joining the swap!
Response: Dear Gina, Thank you for organising the swap. I'm glad you like the hungry caterpillar. I usually have her riding a rocket or wearing a top hat. Yours, SuMay
LizzyJo rated for 10 minute ATC challenge - orange on May 30, 2017
Comment: Your swap made me so happy! I love my fairground goldfish, and angel ATC. It was so thoughtful of you to include so many items from my favorites list. I also like the pockets you made out of envie corners. (I'm going to use that idea for future swaps.) Thank you so much for an awesome swap.
Response: I'm glad you liked the ATC and the extras I sent. Green is next up. I wonder if I'll draw your address again? Thank you for the heart rating.
Comment: This was an absolutely beautiful package of goodies. Thank you so much for your generosity!
Response: I'm glad you like it and I hope you and your children have fun with the Egypt project. Thank you for the heart! I was a little impatient when my package didn't arrive, so I have resent. Please enjoy!
Mark63 rated for Unusual object postcard swap on May 30, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the fascinating PC that arrived today. I really appreciate it when senders write interesting facts about the subject on the PC! I'd give you several hearts if I could. I was surprised only 4 people joined the the swap. I hope this does't deter you from hosting this again. It's 1 of my favourite swaps. Hope it can be monthly. Regards Mark :-)
Response: Dear Mark, Thank you again for your enthusiasm and kind words. I would like to host it more often, but my museums are running out of strange objects!
Suncloud rated for ATC: Celebrate Your Nation on May 27, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for your thoughtful and extra special package. I could tell you put a lot of care and thought into the package. I learned even more about your nation from it. Thank you.
Response: Thank you for your rating. Germany is a difficult nation to celebrate!
EllieBeth8 rated for TPW: Show us your country #5 on May 11, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the great postcard! Have a nice day! Shelley
churlann rated for Strange PC Swap on May 9, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the postcard. It is pretty strange. My grandson who is 4 saw it and thought it was "creepy". Thanks for telling me about your class too.
ainaignies rated for TPW: Show us your country #5 on May 9, 2017
Comment: thank you
LizzyJo rated for 10 minute ATC challenge - pink on May 8, 2017
Comment: Your ATC is awesome, and I love the goodies, PC with note, and envie you sent it all in. What a wonderful swap!
Response: Thank you for the heart, LizzyJo. I'm glad you enjoyed the swap.
Foxceelox rated for Strange PC Swap on May 5, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the postcard :)
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard. I really like the stamping you added. I've just recently seen works by Klimt. Like you said they can be a bit hotel. I do like them, I find the extra detail in everything interesting.

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mgallardo68 on Jul 27, 2018:

Stopping by to send you a big hug!

mgallardo68 on Jan 30, 2018:

How are you Sonia!! I hope you're doing great! Happy belated New Year! ♥

LavenderSprinkles on May 30, 2017:

Thanks for Ramadan greetings!

MiekeC on May 27, 2017:

Hartstikke bedankt voor je mooie kaart die je gestuurd heb! Een mooie verrassing. Veel succes met je werk, het klinkt heel interessant. Groetjes Mieke uit Nederland.

NorthStar07 on Apr 11, 2017:

Hello Sonia😊 Yayyy I'm soo happy that it reached you! I thought it was lost.... Oh cool! I can't wait to receive it🌼 Much love ❤Take care💋 -Vaishnavi xoxo

phillaine on Apr 3, 2017:

for the wonderful surprise package you sent me. It was very touching to receive with your kind note, and absolutely fantastic! First, your envelope made me smile right away, and I love the stamps (of all kinds) that you used on it. The washi is great, I know exactly what (and who) I'll use the ribbon for, and the GORGEOUS envelope is so perfect it's inspired a new craft for me. Thanks also for the very cool mailing labels, and my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE thing is your amazing hand-carved stamp images. WOW! I really like your style, and you've got a great artistic talent and skills. Thank you for sharing all of this with me, and most of all for your kindness and caring in thinking of me. Have a wonderful day! ♥

madebymimi on Mar 18, 2017:

Hi Sonia, thank you so much for the 'poisson' mail you sent me! It's wonderful and really inspiring. It made my day. Best wishes, Michelle x

sabbysteg on Feb 4, 2017:

Thank you for the card.

beckra on Feb 3, 2017:

Hello, Sonia--Oh, thank you, thank you for the two wonderful pieces of mail! I love the textures of the grey piece, and the visual poem is one of my all-time favorite things I've received in 10 years of mail art exchanges! I am so grateful to have been on the receiving end of your talents.

Monastelar on Jan 19, 2017:

what can i say? Today i got your nice and lovely envelope, full of marvelous Pcs, stickers, photos of dogs. Thanks you so much!!! was really really really nice from your side and i loved!!!

<3 thousands and thousands <3 for you

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