Greetings my snail-mail loving friends! My name is Janice-Marie, I live in Melbourne Australia with my husband and my fluffy cat called monkey. I have a garden with nearly 150 different medicinal and magical plants & herbs.
I am a hedge-witch, I love the plants with darker sides and magic & folklore.
In my day job I'm in Marketing with a background in design so all things designer appeal to me. I love typography, hand-lettering & graphic design.
I love to bake and love all types of cooking, I'm celiac though so I'm learning to adapt all my recipes.
I also love whimsy and I have a weakness for korean stickers and stationery (washi tape rocks).
I love mail & mail art, and I'm a member at letter writers alliance.
Favourite Colours/Themes â™¥ Blue, Turquoise, Black, Red, Purples â™¥ Natural dye colours, pinks & neutrals â™¥ Weaving â™¥ Sashiko â™¥ natural dyeing â™¥ medicinal herbalism â™¥ folklore, superstition and magic (i'd love to hear about folk remedies and little superstitions and tricks your grandmothers and great grandmothers used to do) â™¥ Tiki/Polynesian themes â™¥ screenprinting, lino carving, hand printed art â™¥ art postcards â™¥ stamp carving
I'm a creative obsessive, I love to learn new things so I'm always up for a new challenge.
I'm learning to weave, I take pottery classes every week, I'm designing my own range of tiki mugs!
At heart I'm a paper girl if it involves paper I love it. I love bookbinding, printmaking, illustration, hand-lettering, and stamp-carving, ATC's, all gorgeous papery things!
I also make toys and art teddies, I sculpt as well.
â™¥ Epic Fantasy of the likes of Brent weeks, Brandon Sanderson, Michael J Sullivan, PV Brett, Trudi Canarvon.
â™¥ Paranormal romance like kim harrison, tanya Huff, kelly armstrong,
â™¥ Steampunk & urban fantasy like Gail Caririger, Jim Butcher, Richard kaddry, Mike Carey.
I love new music! That is I love hearing about your favourite artists and songs.
â™¥ Alternative/Indie artists - muse, interpol, gomez,
â™¥ Popindiefolk fusion like angus & julia stone, regina spektor caro emerald, gotye
â™¥ Blues and roots - kings of leon (old stuff and I still like the new stuff!) The black Keys, queens of the stone age
â™¥ Brit indie - radiohead, the smiths, morrisey, billy brag,
â™¥Aussie Hip Hop - Hilltop hoods, phrase, illy, 360, bliss & esso
â™¥Other hip hop - 80's classics 90's classics, I prefer boppy happier stuff to gangsta shoot everyone stuff.
But like I said - I love love love discovering new artists. Heck one of my favourite songs at the moment is the end theme from portal and I don't even play games!
I love a good action move - heck i love a bad action movie, I'll go see just about anything with Jason Statham in it.
I love sci-fi - Dr Who, Stargate Atlantis, Firefly, Star Trek TNG.
I also like animated films.
â™¥ Tiki inspired items
â™¥ folklore inspired items
â™¥ prayer cards for saints (especially St Cyprian of Antioch, St Expeditie, St Mary McKillop)
â™¥ Botanica items
â™¥ washi tape/deco tape
â™¥ hand carved stamps
â™¥ Letter writing sets
â™¥ how-to zines
â™¥ Nick bantock inspired work (griffin & sabine)
â™¥ Brian froud inspired work (labrynth, dark crystal, Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book)
â™¥ Korean Stationery & stickers (pony brown, coco's happy day, invite-L)
â™¥ Postal related rubber stamps
â™¥ Art of... books (concept art from pixar, disney, dreamworks)
â™¥ fantasy art & illustration
â™¥ tiny things! (small letters, re-ment, miniaturized items)
â™¥ Origami Papers
â™¥ Dr Who related items
â™¥ Witchcraft related items/themes
â™¥ Fountain pen or calligraphy related items
â™¥ Anything Invader Zim * Airmail stickers * Airmail envelopes & airmail paper * Hand stamped images relating to mail, airmail, mail art, postal themes * postcards/photos of signs with interesting typography/lettering (there are some examples on my flickr- link here! ) mail related hand carved or bought rubber stamps * pen pal stationery (I love cute stuff but I also adore beautiful paper like old crown mill, fabriano etc) * plain handmade paper (no plant bits, petals, leaves or seeds in it please- customs issues) I'm looking for interesting things to calligraphy on. * anything print gocco, including your own gocco creations. * choc mint hot chocolate packets (a few years ago someone sent me a packetI think it was land o lakes! and i just died from the goodness!)
Because of Australian Quarantine issues
- Unsealed Tea (apparently factory sealed teabags in sachet packets are fine - hot chocolate is fine too)
- Plant matter
- Paper with dried plant matter or seeds embedded in it.
Things I'd prefer not to receive
- serviettes/napkins - printed foil off the top of yoghurt or other food containers - Glitter (if there is glitter on your artwork no worries but please not loose glitter or packs of glitter)
- ball point pens, coloured pencils
Bound & Lettered
If you are interested in bookbinding or Calligraphy/Hand lettering please consider joining Bound & lettered. Link to group
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