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BigSockTramp

BigSockTramp
Date Joined: February 22, 2009
Last Online: December 5, 2021
Birthday: July 16
Country: United States
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Why I’m here

OCT-NOV 2021 I’m taking a class, so I may not be able to participate as much, but I’ll be back as soon as I can.

I’m an expressive arts and trauma therapist, but I was neglecting my own art while I was building my career. Now that I’m self employed, I’ve changed that. I enjoy the inspiration and playfulness that can come from surprises, connection, and working within constraints. I particularly enjoy connecting with other mail artists for collaborative art (like add and pass or round robin projects) and am a member of IUOMA (International Union of Mail Artists).

About Me

I’m a radical queer enby artist and psychotherapist living in rural Northern California. I used to love bringing a journal on adventures both near and far. I was that person in the corner of the cafe people watching, sketching, doodling, and writing poetry or vignettes. I hope to do that again. Until then, I’ll be at home taking inspiration from divination and my own healing journey, my cats, and the natural world.

Favorite Arts and Crafts

Whatever I feel like at the moment, really. I enjoy crochet, bookbinding, printmaking, collage, art journaling, altered books, and pen and ink drawing. Getting back into ATCs has reminded me how much I love hand drawing and painting. I like to make things from re-use materials whenever possible. I’ve been bullet journaling for a few years now in a minimalist, utilitarian way. Recently I discovered gel printing, and I’m addicted. It’s all I want to do.

Likes and Dislikes

I'm in this to be surprised, so don't take these as directives, please. I've included this info in case you desire some suggestions or additional inspiration. Thanks!

Likes: Stripes, saturated colors, genderqueer imagery, trains, linocuts, hats, boots, shoes, comics, words, quotes, fortunes, linguistics, psychology, perverted or pervertable vintage imagery, book arts, astrology, CARDS! (tarot cards, reading flash cards, playing cards, board game cards, cards with random pictures, post cards...) plants, all creatures great and small (especially cats, tigers, turtles, spiders, rats, octopuses (octopi?)), bright colors, children's books, text book imagery, diagrams, instructions, maps, amusing translations, languages and language, cognitive science, trauma recovery, words, boxes, handmade, re-use, mail art mailed naked...

Dislikes: Anything scented that gives me a headache, caffeine, really girly stuff, dogs, pastels, yellow by itself or as a main color, plastic sleeves on postcards or ATCs...

Favorite Books

I'm a reader, so I can't really pick a few favorites. Speculative fiction (especially contemporary fantasy from feminist or queer perspectives) is my favorite escapist reading. Alternative/indie comics are also great, though I’m not as current on what’s good now that I live in a town with a comic store that only stocks mainstream stuff. I also like reading about behavior (human and animal), psychology, and books that teach me practical skills. During 2020, most of my reading has either been contemporary fantasy (mostly Seanan McGuire) or trauma therapy related.

Favorite Music

Anything I can dance to is good. I also quite like lyrics that tell a story. I tend to prefer acoustic over electronic and grass roots music over mainstream super groups unless there’s a nostalgic connection to a particular song or artist.

Swaps

I mail all swaps on time, usually before the due date. They send all the mail from here to San Francisco to be postmarked, so it may be marked a day later than I mail it.

NAKED! No plastic sleeves, please! I prefer postcards mailed naked and ATCs without plastic sleeves. For me the changes that can happen in transit are part of the charm of mail art. I also try to minimize the amount of plastic I use for environmental reasons.

Ratings

marymary914 rated for AMA: Scrappy Mail Art on Nov 22, 2021
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Comment: Great PC! Bright colors! Thanks so much!
camelsamba rated for ZMACS: Hand Carved Zine on Nov 17, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for both zines! I think the "fire" stamp might be my favorite of your carvings. And thanks for putting them in a great envelope.
derakisu rated for ZMACS: Hand Carved Zine on Nov 15, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for two wonderful zines ! I love the way you used your stamps to illustrate the alchemic symbols. The abstract one is beautiful : I looked at it first without knowing the theme of each page, and again after reading them on the last page and the impression they give off was different each them.
Response: Neat! I want to try to look at the abstract one again now. Thanks!
Tessssssa rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #102 on Nov 14, 2021
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Comment: thanks for the postcard. I will add something and send on!
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Comment: Very cool swap! Thank you so much for the letters!
samsstuff rated for ZMACS: Hand Carved Zine on Nov 8, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the very cool zines!
dvmac rated for ZMACS: Hand Carved Zine on Nov 8, 2021
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Comment: Hi. Thanks for the zines. I like your carvings of the elements.
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Comment: Thanks for these two great zines in this wonderfully decorated envelope! I bet the originals were fantastic! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
elinor rated for ZMACS: Hand Carved Zine on Oct 30, 2021
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Comment: Tank you for the great zines, your stamps and collage are very dramatic :)
Lonestarchild rated for CPG-Self-made envelopes-US on Oct 29, 2021
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Comment: This are really wonderful -- love the size and all the bright paints. Thanks so much!!
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Comment: Thank you sooo much!! (Sorry I rated so late!)
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Comment: Alone is a wondeful little thing (I'm curious how you painted it...?), and how clever to make it reversible. Goldilocks and the 3 arousal states was an interesting read, I didn't know that parallel/message within the classic fairy tale. Thank you ! Edited to add : the envelope is fantastic, will be using it in crafts.
Response: Both sides of Alone are gel prints. I’m glad the envelope will get another life! Thanks!
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Comment: Lovely PC! 🌈🥄🖤 Thank you.
Conni59 rated for CPG Fortune Cookie Fortune HMPC - US on Sep 27, 2021
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Comment: Love what you did with the pc. Very creative. Thank you!
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Comment: Very cool looking gelli print PC... thank you very much!
Created46 rated for AMA: Create Backgrounds on Sep 12, 2021
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Comment: Thank you, these are great.
DragonflyDaisy rated for DIY Envelops: USA-URCF on Sep 11, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the envelopes and the fun zines. Thanks for joining my swap.
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Comment: Thanks for the awesome prints - I loved the different types of paper you used, they really add extra texture!
Response: Thanks!
JaneInSD rated for AMA: 4 from 1 Masterboard PcS on Aug 23, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the cool, shiny pc. I really like the metallic gold you used. :-)
Response: Thanks!
lrm1980 rated for AMA: 4 from 1 Masterboard PcS on Aug 22, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the BEAUTIFUL card and the nice note. The excerpt from Kelly Roper’s Not Enough Time is exactly right. 💛
Response: Thanks!

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sunnysidey on Mar 13, 2009:

Welcome to the Handmade Postcard Club!

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