Date Joined: March 2, 2015
Last Online: May 11, 2021
Birthday: July 17
Country: United States
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General Housekeeping - 05.05.2021
Finals are pretty much done and I am slipping into summer mode. I'm only working part time this summer so I can get some good crafting in and a bit of relaxation before my fellowship begins.
I now have had my second covid vaccine and am eagerly counting down the days until I'm fully inoculated. Still going to be wearing my masks and playing it safe, but I finally feel confident to see folks again.
I'll still be focusing mainly on swapping in groups and private swaps as I rebuild my studio practice, but I hope to be a bit more active here now that I have some free time.
Hope you are all doing well & staying safe!
If you have any questions/concerns please send me a DM through the SB messaging system!
As a Minnesotan my heart is feeling so heavy right now. #BlackLivesMatter #JusticeforGeorgeFloyd #JusticeforBreonnaTaylor #NoJusticeNoPeace #DefundthePolice
Hello hello Everyone!
My name is Megan and I live in the quiet Twin City of St. Paul, MN.
I'm a hella queer non-binary "twenty something" and my pronouns are they/them/theirs.
I have a marvelous wife who works in project management and software development, and Radish the adorable and sassy long-haired cat.
As for the cat, she has long hair and it gets EVERYWHERE despite my best efforts. I do my best to keep her out of my crafting supplies and away from swaps, but unfortunately I can't guarantee a completely cat hair/dander free swap. If you have a severe cat allergy let me know so we can work something out! :)
I am a former Functional Apparel Design Research Fellow at Harvard University and a current Master's student at the University of Minnesota. I mainly work on projects and research involving wearable medical & industrial devices and soft robots. I'm interested in human centered design, human factors/ergonomics, functional apparel design, adaptive/accessible design, and wearable technology.
Want to see some examples of work I’ve done?
The glove project I worked on was exhibited during the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum Design Triennial in 2018.
See Bill Gates try on a glove I made and check out the lab I work in!
Check out the glove and shoulder projects I work on!
New to Gender Neutral Pronouns?
As a non-binary person I personally use the gender neutral pronouns they/them/theirs. Many other sets of gender neutral pronouns exist, but I am most comfortable with they/them pronouns.
Thank you for respecting my pronouns! :)
My musical tastes are pretty eclectic, but I really enjoy the following genres
Folk, Alternative Folk, Outlaw Country, Rock n' Roll, Metal, Bluegrass, some Pop/Top 40, Electronic, House Music, Rap, Hip-Hop, R&B, and Opera.
Current favorite bands/artists include:
The Dubliners - Beirut - Orville Peck - Lizzo - Ralph Vaughan Williams - Bastille - Galantis - O.C.M.S - Andrew Bird - Nickel Creek - Saint Motel - Janelle Monae - ABBA - The Beach Boys - Gregory Alan Isakov - Metallica - Alexandre Desplat - Johnny Cash - Tears for Fears - Peter Gabriel - David Bowie - The Clancy Brothers -The Avalanches - Tears for Fears - Peter Gabriel - Miike Snow - The Ink Spots - Prince (MN misses you oh Purple One) - Toro y Moi - Broadcast - Elton John - The Killers - The Zombies - Photay - Ibibio Sound Machine - The Replacements - Nick Drake - Bob Dylan - Thundercat
FANTI - How Did This Get Played - Code Switch - Ear Hustle - Reply All - Scam Goddess - Gastropod - International Waters - The Dear Prudence Podcast - My Brother, My Brother, and Me - The Dream - Sawbones - The Adventure Zone (currently on the Balance Arc) - NPR Politics Podcast - Oh No Ross & Carrie - The Goop Yourself Podcast - Stuff To Blow Your Mind - Stuff You Should Know - Stuff You Missed in History Class -RISK! - Wonderful! - Heavyweight - Death in the Afternoon - Reveal - Louder Than a Riot - Snap Judgement
Right now I'm reading Women's Work - The First 10,000 Years by Elizabeth Wayland Barber.
Books & Authors I have enjoyed include:
Faceless Killers (Wallander Series) - The Redbreast (Harry Hole Series) - The Martian - The Bourne Trilogy - Edgar Allan Poe (Poetry/Short Stories) - Aesop Fables - Mary Roach, Issac Asimov, Tamora Pierce (LOVED the Song of the Lioness Quartet growing up!
I mostly read - Sci-fi - Fantasy - Cooking Theory - Cookbooks - Science Writing - Speculative Fiction - LGBTQIA+ - Thriller - Scandinavian Crime Fiction - Art & Craft
I also enjoy reading cookbooks, cooking theory, and food writing.
Some of my favorite cookbooks include:
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat
The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen by Sean Sherman & Beth Dooley
The Complete America's Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook 2001-2019
Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan
The Spice Bible by Jane Lawson
Canning for a New Generation by Liana Krissoff
Foolproof Preserving by America's Test Kitchen
The Veganomicon - Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Hope Romero
If you have a favorite cookbook let me know! I love trying and reading new things!
The Grand Budapest Hotel - What We Do In The Shadows - Star Trek (TOS, TNG, & 2009 movies) - The Martian - Moonrise Kingdom - Star Wars (I can find something to love about them all) - Rogue One - The Ninth Configuration - Atlantis: The Lost Empire - The Road to El Dorado - John Wick franchise - Marvel Cinematic Universe (Pre-Age of Ultron) - Batman - The Fantastic Mr. Fox - Spirited Away - Kiki's Delivery Service - Princess Mononoke - Inception - Shutter Island - The Last Unicorn - Dinotopia - Parasite
Midnight Diner - Ugly Delicious - Samurai Gourmet - The Great British Bake Off - The Mandolorian - Queer Eye (reboot) - Letterkenny - The Witcher - The Good Place - What We Do In The Shadows - Durarara! - Toast of London - Stranger Things - Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - Russian Doll - Samurai Champloo - Good Omens - The Tick - One Punch Man - Person of Interest - The X-Files - Twin Peaks - True Detective (s1) - Archer - Baccano! - House MD - Star Trek (TOS, TNG, DS9) - Futurama - News Radio - Emergency! - WKRP Cincinnati - BoJack Horseman - Bob's Burgers - The Venture Bros. - Gin Tama - The Mighty Boosh - Avatar: The Last Airbender - Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - Hannibal (NBC) - Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat (Nexflix miniseries) - Taxi
Web series/Internet media:
Tim Rogers (Video game reviews & industry)
Tolarian Community College (MtG)
The Command Zone (MtG)
Lindsay Ellis (Video essays, media critic/commentary)
Princess Weekes (Video essays, media critic/commentary)
I dabble in a lot of crafts and love to challenge myself with new mediums. As a designer and lifelong crafter I am always looking for something new to try out!
Favorite mediums/methods include:
sewing - embroidery - weaving (back strap, rigid heddle, card, tapestry) - yarn spinning - fiber & needle arts - drawing - watercolor - acrylic painting - clay & ceramics - print making - surface design (dyeing, screen printing, block printing) - quilting - digital art (photo manipulation & illustration mostly) - modern style calligraphy
I love upcycling materials into my art or stationary whenever I can and breathing new life into old materials.
Some examples of my digital art:
Here is a patch I recently made for a swap!
I learned how to sew from my grandma as a child and I haven't stopped since! I sewed a lot of costumes growing up and loved the "clothes you make" project area during my time in 4H.
I graduated with a BS in Apparel Design from the University of Minnesota in 2017.
My main interests are tailoring, androgynous/gender neutral apparel, functional design, technical design, and wearable technology.
I am something of an aspiring quilter. I enjoy making "Modern" style quilts & textile art projects. I just finished my first hand quilted quilt and am prepping my fabric for the next one. I really like big, bold colors and prints for quilts with simple yet visually interesting blocks
I also enjoy tailoring and shirtmaking. I focused on wovens and flat patterning techniques in school and I really love the satisfaction of getting that perfect fit with obsessively aligned details. There are few things more satisfying than perfectly matched plaids, stripes, and patterns.
Now that the burnout of school has worn off somewhat I'm excited to start playing around with knit fabrics and making some biking gear for myself.
I'm also finding myself creeping back into the world of costumemaking. I'm thinking of making a Robin costume (of Batman fame) or Legend of Zelda character next!
Below is a picture from my senior design project from undergrad! My line was inspired by birds and I made every outfit with my own two hands. I even hand dyed the shirt panels! :)
Please don't send extras unless the swap requires it or is related to my profile likes.
I want less clutter in my life, so thank you for not sending unrelated extras! I rate on the quality and thoughtfulness of the swap, not the extra elements included within. :)
I prefer postcards to be sent naked unless specified in the swap guidelines. While I don't mind touristy ones I really love receiving the following:
Fine Art & Museum prints (especially Gustav Klimt, Hieronymus Bosch, Francisco Goya, M.C. Esher, Alphonse Mucha, Van Gogh, Yayoi Kusama, and Charlie Harper - especially his birds!)
Art Deco, Retro Futurism, Art Nouveau, Mid-Century, Bauhaus, Street Art/Graffiti
Fashion Prints, especially: Alexander McQueen, Paul Poiret, Charles James, Erte (Romain de Tirtoff), Issey Miyake, Yoshi Yamamoto, Dior, Elsa Schiaparelli, Edith Head, Yves Saint Laurent
Historical Places & Events from your local area, especially any textiles related history!
I am looking for a postcard of the Uffington White Horse (hill figure) in Oxfordshire, England and any postcard(s) dealing with letterboxing - bonus points if its from Dartmoor National Park.
I don't mind free postcards or ad postcards so long as they have artistic merit/look cool. I have some cool freebie postcards from breweries & a local restaurant if anyone is interested in swapping them!
I also love handmade postcards and am starting to getting into making them as well.
ARTISTS & DESIGNERS
(This section is always a work in progress)
Nudity is totally fine by me be it photography, sculpture, paintings, art related, etc.
I love contemporary pin-up style art, burlesque, whimsical nudes, kink, queer bodies, irreverent humor, profanity, political art/humor, and art transcending the norms.
I'm not easy to offend, however I don't enjoy graphic violence against women, gore for the sake of gore, and bigotry.
My favorite colors include:
Purples - Blues - Indigo - Greys - Oranges
I typically enjoy bright "happy" colors, rich jewel tones, and neutrals (so basically most colors, I know)
As for themes I love practically anything regarding birds, deer (and other antlered creatures), outer space, plants, mushrooms, geometric shapes, and marine life.
I also really enjoy art deco, art nouveau, retro-futurism, Bauhaus, industrial, minimalist, modern/contemporary, "spooky", and macabre themes. I also enjoy classic and modern horror & sci-fi.
For ATC swaps & profile based ATC's I would really enjoy (but don't feel required/confined) to these particular themes:
In general I tend to only work with natural textiles and fiber. Synthetic textiles certainly have their place, I prefer to work with natural fiber whenever I can.
No kiddy/child/baby related prints please
For quilting swaps: 100% cotton textiles please
For tea I prefer:
Fruity teas are my absolute favorite!
Herbal teas/infusions (mints are my favorite)
"Woodsy"/"Smokey" teas (especially spruce/evergreen teas)
I love spicy teas
Flavored black & green teas, preferably not "plain"
Surprise me, I love trying new things!
I LOVE malty hot chocolates and spicy hot chocolates
Please no mint-chocolate or white chocolate flavors, thank you!
You can't send them, but I love craft beer, wine, and spirits! So if you know of any fun breweries to visit someday, wines to look for, and cocktail recipes I am all ears!
Also, I love trying new recipes! If you have a favorite (without tomatoes) send it along be it printed out, written on a scrap of paper, or on a recipe card (my holder can accommodate cards up to 4x6 inches).
The only food I don't really care for is tomatoes. I don't like them raw or cooked, even in sauces. So no tomato sauces, pizza with red sauce, salads (think caprese salads in this case, I do really enjoy salads without tomatoes!) , hotdishes/casseroles, etc. I'm a weirdo, I know!
If you are my partner in a recipe swap you can still send me dishes with tomatoes (unless the swap is profile specific) and I’ll rate a 5 (and maybe even a heart!). Don’t fear sending recipes with tomatoes to me, I have some sneaky ways I can adapt them or I’ll pass them along! :)
I'm an avid cook and baker, I love trying new things in the kitchen! I've dabbled in everything from bread baking, pastry making, candy making, cheese making, canning, pickling, dehydrating, grilling, and am starting to get a good season on my cast iron pans.
If you have any interesting cultural, seasonal, or regional recipes i'd love to hear more about them and even get the recipe to try at home. If want to talk cooking & baking, i'm your person!
I try to buy local, seasonal, and sustainable foods when I can. Making dishes that highlight local seasonal ingredients are always a treat and i'm lucky to have multiple summer & winter farmer's markets where I can meet new farmers & artisans. I love hearing about your favorite local food products!
I am a HUGE nerd and love to play a variety of board games, card games, role playing games, and video games.
I particularly enjoy these following games:
Board, Card, & RPG
Magic the Gathering
I've recently started playing MtG in the Commander/EDH format. I'm still pretty new and figuring things out, but i'm having a lot of fun with it and enjoy dreaming up the most ridiculous decks possible with the help of my ultra nerd partner and friends.
My current decks are:
- Esika (Ooops! All Gods Tribal)
- Just the worst cube ever assembled
I love all generations of Pokemon! Especially gen 1-4, but i'm working my way into gen 5-8.
I'm an avid Pokemon Go player (PM me for my trainer code!) and i'm currently playing Pokemon Sword. I'm really exctied for the the DLC release!
My absolute favorite Pokemon are:
Arcanine, Lugia, Suicune, Piplup, Emporeon, Lucario, Cubone, Ditto, Vaporeon, Dragonair, Bayleaf, Xatu, Eevee, Barboach, Mareep, Wooloo, Sobble, Murkrow, Shuckle, Houndour, Stantler, Raikou, Torchic, Blaziken, Mightyena, Breloom, Wailord, Absol, Latias, Rayquaza, Wailmer, Umbreon, Porygon
I have been a member of the Stickii subscription service for about a year now and love it. If you would like to join & want a referral send me a PM!
DISLIKES/I DON'T HAVE ROOM:
Although I genuinely love swapping and receiving mail, I do have a few things i'm not a fan of personally and I don't have many people who I can pass them along to.
Many things on this list are also things that I don't necessarily dislike, but I just don't have use for or space to store it. I have limited space in my apartment for crafty things, so i'm very deliberate on what I "let it" to my life. Thanks for understanding!
Patriotic stuff, fascists & nationalists, pro-military/pro-law enforcement/state-sanctioned violence & domestic terrorism (KKK, NRA, ICE, MAGA, ALT-Right), religious zealotry, cultural appropriation, xenophobia, racism, homophobia, transphobia, TERFs, SWERFS, RADFEMs, anti-vaxxers, climate change deniers, bigotry & prejudice of all kinds, you know - the usual stuff.
March 3th, 2021
I am currently up to date in my archive here on SB (indicating that I have properly rated everyone & I have received swaps).
Please contact me if you believe you are missing a swap or rating from me. I do my best to be proactive and catch these sorts of things myself, but if something seems awry please feel free to reach out!
I rate swaps when I receive them and will have a notification at the top of my profile if I won't be able to pick up mail for a period of time.
I rate fairly according to the rules laid out on the site, but I understand that life is hectic & unpredictable at times.
If you need to send late or are having issues with a swap please contact me as soon as possible so we can work things out.
I have no problem accommodating folks so long as you work with and communicate with me.
I pledge to angel every swap I host and I do my due diligence on vetting swaps I host to ensure there are no known problem swappers & flakers participating. I take hosting very seriously and am dedicated to making swapping a safe and enjoyable experience for all.
Post Office Situation
Mail service is generally reliable for me where I live and i'm lucky to have a mail slot in my building and a post office within sight of my apartment.
If a swap seems to have gone missing. I'm always happy to make it up to you and resend!
Due to my schedule I sometimes don't get swaps dropped off before mail has been picked for the day (last pick up is around 4:30 - 5pm in my area).
Therefore, sometimes post marks will be inaccurate by a day or two if I drop a swap off in the "blue box" after work or if the send by date falls on a USA federal holiday or Sunday.
I do my best to send before the first mail pick up & holidays, but I figured I would let folks know.
Digital Free Time
I don't typically log on to my computer in the evenings and rarely on the weekends (Sat/Sun). If I don't respond to a message immediately that is why. I like to keep evenings & the weekends "digital free" whenever possible. Thank you for understanding.
Please contact me about regarding swaps, ratings, and whatever else you have a question about via the swap-bot messenger system.
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