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taidgh

taidgh
Date Joined: January 25, 2012
Last Online: October 23, 2016

Country: Ireland
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About Me

My name is Taidgh (pronounced tiger without the er) I'm 33. I live in the south-west of Ireland. I studied media and speak Mandarian Chinese (no I'm not Chinese, I just speak the language). I love photography especially old neglected photographs. My big passion is visual history.

I like to go for walks in the nearby park. It's filled with forests, a castle, mountains and lakes. If I'm lucky I can see red deer, eagles, and the ever elusive otter. Unfortunately I haven't seen any Okapi which is my favourite animal.

I'm a poet and write the occasional short story. I read a lot, listen to music and collect old postcards of my town. There aren't any markets or thrift shops here so I'm on Ebay and etsy a lot looking for a good buy. I prefer postcards with something written on it as it makes it more interesting. I was lucky to get a few cards from the early 1900s with correspondence by the same people even though it was by chance.

I'm a member of Postcrossing, IUOMA, and We Make Zines. Some of my favourite zines: Thoughtworm, BirdShit, Baby Beef, Toasty Cats and the Yellow Rake.

I love comic books though not the superhero type. Underground and independent comics are great. Favourite publishers are: Fantagraphics, Nobrow, SecretAcres, Drawn and Quarterly, and Topshelf. I enjoy reading Theo Ellsworth, Craig Thompson, Nate Beaty, and Magda Boreysza. These are my favourite anthologies: Black Eye, Meathaus, Cest bon Kultur, Rabid Rabbit, MOME, and the Ganzfeld.

Favorite Music

God is an Astronaut, Astra, Priestbird, Echoes of Yul, Rest, Pelican, An Autumn for Crippled Children, Jesu, Múm, Isis, The Manhattan Syndrome, And So I Watch You From Afar, Battles, My Dying Bride, Cathedral, Winter, Woods of Ypres, Boris, Anathema, The Melvins, Neurosis, Paradise Lost, Goatlord, The Samuel Jackson Five, Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, King Crimson, Rose Kemp, Sleep, Acid King, Ghost, Earth ...

Things I Like

Drawings, lighthouses, stained glass, space exploration, anything surreal, dreams, perzines, zombies, dark humour, comic zines, cartoons like the brilliant Mind Games or Cat Soup, doodles, Mail Art, whales, otters, colour pencils, writing letters, poetry, self made cards, watercolours, blue, grey, and green. TV series: the Prisoner, Madmen, Charlie Jade, The Good Wife, The Wire, Luther, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Homeland (Season 1), Borgen.

My Zines

are a mix of poetry, writing, collage, drawings and sketches. A list of my zines: Cloud Monkey #1, Rocket Ghostship #1, The Teeth Complex #1, 7 Day Zine, Poetry Punch, Ghost City and First Lift Here.

If you're interested in a swap leave me a message.

Drop Me

a line or two to say hi or let me know what you think of my swaps. Don't be afraid to tell me if you didn't like anything you got. I put a lot of time and thought into my swaps so if you're not pleased let me know and I'll be happy to have another go. Maybe I was having an off day, it happens. Peace.

I'm a Mail Artist

and I put a lot of time and energy into my envelopes. Most of my art is fun, colourful and humorous with a mix of pencil, ink, and watercolour.

Ratings

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Comment: Thank you for the zines and nice letter. I hope your head has healed!
Response: Great. Happy you got it. Thanks for the rating. My head has nearly healed. I'm thinking a mini zine about the incident is in order.
wyrdfae rated for Make & Mail ZINES: March Edition on Apr 3, 2014
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Comment: I got a DVD from you and it may have been for this swap. :)
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Comment: Thank you!
mariadastrouxas rated for Ireland & Portugal on Feb 12, 2014
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Comment: Hello taidgh (Taidgh from Ireland). I got your package yesterday! Thank you so much for the aloe vera lip balm, little candle, fresh roll-on deodorant, calendula toothpaste, fair trade 70% trinitario chocolate bar, gold blend loose leaf tea box, organic almonds bag, interesting irish seaweed (dillisk/dulse and carrageen/irish moss for jellies, soups and stew), darker chocolate & brazils and apricots bar, cashew cookie bar, rhubarb & custard bar, Ireland postcard, your watercolor painting and your artistic little zines. Have a great mail day, maria das trouxas
Response: Hello Maria! I really enjoyed the swap and happy you liked your package! It was fun putting it together. I wanted to draw all over the box but was a little afraid it might not reach you if it was full of doodles. Thanks for the rating and happy swapping to you!
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Comment: Great job on your Zines Taidgh! I love your poetry and love Kermit too, thanks!
Response: Thanks Ky! Glad you liked it and thanks for the rating! I saw the postcard and thought you might like it! You can't go wrong with Kermit! Have a good weekend!
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Comment: Wow, two minizines! Now I really feel like a slacker. I loved both, though I think ghostcity is my favorite of the two--I always enjoy a story, and that one seems especially suited to the small format. I also love what you did with the envelope--everything an inspiration to me in this my first zine swap!
Response: Happy to hear Eric! I think Ghostcity is the start of something. Sometimes I can't help myself and I have to doodle. A good place is on the envelope. I think the size of the mini-zine is great! Sometimes if you go bigger it seems a little more serious and tough to know what to do with all the space. The swap has inspired me to make zine making more of a habit - even doing one a month would be a start. Take care!
SFreer rated for Random happy mail art on Dec 31, 2013
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Comment: Great postcard Taidgh! Thank you! :)
Response: Wonderful! Thanks for the rating and thanks for all your great swaps you've organised!
SorellaLark rated for HAPPY Mail Art on Nov 6, 2013
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Comment: A MILLION HEARTS FOR YOU! I love all your drawings, and your zines! VERY happy mail!!! Thank you!! :)
Response: Happy days! Terrific! I always stress when I send post to the US. Sometimes my envelopes go missing, hence the stress. Happy it made safe and you liked it. Cheers for the rating ;)
FruitJarNicky rated for HANDMADE POSTCARD SWAP on Sep 23, 2013
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Comment: Thank you for the wonderful handmade postcard! All the way from Ireland, how wonderful!! I do love your goofy colorful creatures!
Response: Thanks a million for your rating! Great to hear you liked it ;)
Cynthia0818 rated for HAPPY Mail Art on Sep 9, 2013
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Comment: I wish I could give u more hearts :)) thank you
Response: Thanks Cynthia for your rating and comment. Happy to hear you liked the Mail Art. Take care!
chantallusk914 rated for Poetry Zine on Sep 3, 2013
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Comment: Hello Taidgh! Thank you for your wonderful swap. I read some of your poetry to my kids during their reading time. Thank you also for the extra postcards and your wonderful drawings/mail art! Keep up the GREAT ART! You're AWESOME!!!♥♥♥
Response: Thanks a million for your kind comment and your rating. Great to hear you read some of my poetry to your kids. Super! Have a happy autumn!
Crickateer rated for Mail Art: Challenge! #2 on Aug 4, 2013
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Comment: I loved the ENTIRE package!!!! The envie was so unique and I loved your postcard and extras!! It was a joy opening your mail art!!
Response: Hi Heather! Great to hear you got the envie. And thanks for your lovely comment and the rating. Always great to hear when someone is pleased. Have a great week ;)
RAINDARGON rated for Red, White, & Blue-Mail Art on Jul 7, 2013
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Comment: Thank you for the great post card that you mailed to me.
Response: You're more than welcome! Glad you got it.
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Comment: Oh my gosh, the detailed artwork you do! I keep staring at it and find something new! :) Thank you so much for matching my request, and all of the time you took! And you sent extras, too! Cute handmade card, Irish keepsakes, and postcards! I'm going to check if our library has Cold Mountain DVD. Cheersies!
Response: I know I'm very late replying, but I just wanted to say thanks. Very happy that you like me envelope. Means a lot. Hope you got your hands on that Cold Mountain DVD by now. Take care ;)
Wanda rated for Autumn Acorn Mail Art on Oct 10, 2012
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Comment: Ohmygosh, taidgh!!!! This was a truly amazing piece of mail art! I absolutely LOVE your style. I am going to cut the front and back of the envelope apart, and frame them. GORGEOUS work - so lively, whimsical and ultra cool. And thank you for the nice fall letter and the great poem. I have been t r y i n g to figure out how to write poetry, and just can't get the flow of it. So I think your poem will be framed with the two parts of your envelope too. THANK YOU again! I wish I could give you more than one star! :D
Response: Thanks Wanda for your kind comment! Glad you liked it and I had fun making it -it's important for me to have fun too! It's wonderful you want to frame it. Delighted! A little tip about poetry is to immerse yourself in it - read, experiment, and have fun with poetry. Simple is better and working on developing your own voice regularly helps too! Once again thanks for your comment! Have a great day ;)
sunshinesuperman rated for Art Envelope Free Theme # 8 on Jul 28, 2012
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Comment: Thank you for such a very cool and fabulous envie. Love the postcards, artwork, and your poem! This was a super fun envie. I am vacationing in Ireland in August and getting very excited! Hugs, Mona
Response: Hello, Mona.I hope you have a good time in Ireland. The craic is mighty. Don't spend all your time in Dublin though visit Galway and come down south. Take care and thanks for the love.
lettergirl rated for Mail Art Color Challenge - BLUE on Jul 7, 2012
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Comment: It's beautiful and I love your name (I always thought if I had a boy I'd name him Taidgh because I heard it on the movie "The Field" and have loved it ever since.) Except nobody here would know how to pronounce it! :) I spent 10 weeks in Dublin and Clare in 1991, so I loved getting your Irish mail. I miss it there!
Response: You are very kind ;) Tadgh is a great character in the Field. It's nice to know that you picked up on that. Ireland has changed a lot since 1991 though we are still up for the craic. You can't change that. Have a wonderful Sunday ;)
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Comment: Your mail art inside and out made me smile and I really love it :) thankyou so much ! I would love to become pen pals if your into it ? Here is my blog too http://badbadfrancine.blogspot.com
Response: I'm happy it made you smile :) Thanks for the kind comment and the rating. I've been a busy bee but pen pals sounds like a plan. I'll surprise you with something soon. Take care.
SCharlebois rated for Mail Art Color Challenge - GREEN on Jun 18, 2012
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Comment: Taidgh, Your envelope was wonderful. I do appreciate a good drawing, and your post box fit the bill. I would gladly swap with you again. -stewart
Response: Hello Stewart thanks for your kind comment. I got the inspiration when I was posting some letters in my green postbox and thought maybe I could draw it on an envelope. thanks a million for the rating.
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Comment: thanks for the fun mail art :) love the postcards you made as well :)
Response: Your welcome. I had a lot of fun making it. Thanks a million for the rating.

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Comments

MissThundercat on Jun 11, 2012:

since you're into mail art as well, have you heard of the site IUOMA - it's a super fun site for mail art artists all over the world :)

KupcakeKate on May 12, 2012:

Thanks so much for angeling the Mail art for beginners swap, I really love it, you're a great artist :) Warmest wishes, Kate.

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