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Date Joined: September 6, 2020
Last Online: November 24, 2020

Country: Germany

About Me

Hi! My name is Vivie.

I'm in my late 20ies and would love to get to know new people. I’m really interested other people’s perspective on life. What have you learned and experienced so far, what amused you, emotionally touched you or what is on your mind these days? 😊

I love exchanging mail, art, collected items or tiny presents. So glad I found swap bot! I'm really new here but already happy about this opportunity. Happy to hear from you soon!

I love art, nature, taking long walks, photography, enjoying tiny details or funny observations about life, social sciences and knowledge about the world. Currently I live in a city in the southwest of Germany, where I am working and studying. I enjoy to spend my free time gardening, listening to podcasts, writing, reading, drawing, spending time laughing with my friends and partner, vieweing the world from my bike, treasure hunting antiques or books, meeting cats I can pet and leafs I can collect on my walks outside. I love to go to museums and art exhibitions (well ok, the pandemic complicated this), to political events or lectures, readings and theatre.

I aspire to live a life full of creativity, solidarity, true connection, thoughtfulness, sensitivity with an intellectual touch, being a maker instead of only admiring others who do so (still working on that), helping people, having fun and making people laugh, giving hope, inspiring people to create. I am very idealistic and hoping for a future where everyone is valued and can live to their fullest potential, without exploitation, ignorance, discrimination and suppression. ✊

Favorite Crafts

I enjoy working with paper and paper leftovers/remains. All kinds of pens. Black ink on white paper - I love minimalist line drawings! Illustrations, sometimes collage. I improvise and don't have a certain strategy yet.

I take photos every day, even though I wouldn't qualify them as professionel photography. And I love pixels, bad quality photos have something artsy to them I have yet to find words to explain their charm.

Here in Germany we have "Bücherschränke" (free libraries in public bookcases), where people can bring their used books and magazines. I love going there - you get to see so many weird books you otherwise wouldn't ever get to see!

aesthetics I love

› colorful retro/vintage illustrations

› analogue photos of: some kind of craftsmanship, artists' workspace, construction sites, people in nature, architectural pecularities (e.g. Soviet bus stops)

› handmade prints, risograph prints, screen prints

› nature and floral patterns (but not too kitschy) - especially big leafs (not such a big fan of succulent & cactus illustrations), round shapes, blueish greens, minimalist illustrations, stickers, patterned notepaper, washi tape, vintage botanical illustrations

› depictions of cats, tigers, lions and all other big cats (illustrations, paintings, ink drawings, vintage photography, black and white photos)

› retro photography, black and white or colored, years 1950-2010 (e.g. old MERIAN magazines, books about animals and nature)

› tiny handwritten notes, that have been written only in informational purpose - be it shopping lists, reminders, greetings, thoughts, jokes

› special papers (texture/structure-wise), patterned paper

› I like the art of wholesome childhood stories, e.g. Moomins (Tove Jansson), Pettson and Findus (Sven Nordqvist), Der kleine Maulwurf / Mole (Zdeněk Miler) - especially the backgrounds and their green-blueish nature depictions! :)

› DADA, chaos, fun, weird or obscure stuff - so send me the weirdest card you've got and want to get rid of ;)

› botanical gardens, asian gardens

› japanese woodblock prints / ukiyo-e › especially landscapes

› line art, ink drawings, black brush strokes or pencil illustrations (of daily life, sourroundings, architecture, nude drawings)

› minimal graphic design, minimal art, abstract art

› Kandinsky; Bauhaus; Russian avant garde; Russian propaganda illustrations

› black and white pictures / art / photography

› old book covers (with imprint on linen cover)

› old handicraft magazines and books, especially the instruction manual illustrations, step-by-step photographs of the process

› informative illustrations in instruction manuals, visualizations in books about math, natual sciences, medicine etc, vintage school or university books

› patterned/illustrated paper napkins of ice cream shops

› primary colors (red, blue + yellow) + black, shades of red, black and white, all hues of blue, pastel lilac, pastel turquoise

› contrast: black & white with 1 color, or neon textmarker with black

› sassy, bold, defiant, somehow resistant stuff

› you could send me some patterned/printed paper (wrapping paper, food cardboard box parts, a book cover, a page of a coloring book etc.) and paste my adress on the back :)

I dislike

I'm not a big fan of...

× vector graphics

× modern kitschy fun photographs

× too "girly" stuff (for example hello kitty)

× dreamy depictions of women as fragile or suffereing beings

× cards with "funny jokes/sayings"

× motorized vehicels

× sexist advertisement

× babies and children

× religion

× fantasy (dragons, witches etc.)

× anime and manga (there are exceptions, but this would take too long)

× death references (skulls, zombies, war depictions)

Please note

German mail seems to take a while these days. Especially to the US, letters and cards can take up to 21 days. Maybe you have to wait a bit long for your letter to arrive. I'm really sorry.

Please contact me, if you don't receive anything. I'll try to send a replacement. :)


ymasophie rated for Floral/Nature Mail Swap #3 on Dec 25, 2020
Comment: hi vivien! wonderful mail art you created! i love that you drew my dogs on it, I think it's quite accurate and I'm cutting it out to paste in my journal :)) thanks for the abundance of floral/nature items! you're so generous. merry Christmas!
PrincessLeia rated for First & Last Lines No. 26 on Nov 27, 2020
Comment: Hello Vivien, THANKYOU for your book lines. Sounds like a very unusual book!
JennJenn rated for Ugly PC Swap #18 on Nov 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you for your pc. We have been hit hard here to. For just a small city we have had a lot of case in just a few days. Keep safe.
Comment: I loved the length and content of your letter, I'll respond as soon as I'm able to!
Response: Thank youu, glad you liked it :) I'm looking forward to hearing from you, but no hustle!
Selewis91 rated for Postcards #3 on Oct 16, 2020
Clstew rated for World Postcard Day on Oct 4, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the lovely postcard and welcome to Swap bot!
Ladybird2490 rated for Doodle Postcard on Sep 30, 2020
Comment: Loved the postcard, wish I could draw like you.
Response: Glad you liked it :) And I think everyone's capable of drawing, don't believe people who tell it as if there was only 1 right way to do something. Even though I know that's easier to say than to feel..
debbiespoms rated for World Postcard Day on Sep 29, 2020
Comment: Thank you Vivien for the beautiful bridge with reflection from a creek or river! The Pandemic is here in our little rural town of Canton, Pennsylvania unfortunately & it's mandatory for masks & lock down. Is terrible times here sadly.
Response: You're welcome :) Keep going and stay safe!
fairylover rated for Instax/Polaroid swap on Sep 27, 2020
Comment: Your photos are really nice, it's the 1st time I discover instax wide photos, I'm really happy! Reading you were a delight, I love reading such beautiful, deep letters! Thanks a lot for this great swap!
Response: I'm glad you like the photos and letter! :) you're welcome!
isandie rated for World Postcard Day on Sep 26, 2020
Comment: OMG VIVIEN!!! I LOVE this postcard SO MUCH!!! You captured Tulip and Miny so perfectly!!! ❤️❤️❤️
Response: I'm very happy you like it and the drawings of your pets were recognizable :)

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carrotkate on Sep 13, 2020:

Welcome to Swap-Bot! I hope your mailbox stays full & happy!

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