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21  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Paper and Paper Ephemera for Collages/ATCs/Bookmaking SWAP! on: May 31, 2005 09:18:10 AM
Sign-up is now open!  I posted the swap to both the general and the paper arts swap boards.
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=37449.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=37448.0

Looking forward to seeing you all there!
Julia
22  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Paper & Ephemera SWAP (Sign up CLOSED; Send by July 1) on: May 31, 2005 09:14:27 AM
I also posted this over on the general swap board. 

Swap name:  Paper & Ephemera SWAP
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: happify
Sign-up date range: May 31 to June 21
Date to send item by: July 1

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): nope!
Non-U.S. participants allowed? yes!
All ages allowed? Or 18+? all
Organizer is aware of current list of "suspended traders" list and will not allow those members to participate: YES
Organizer meets the 4 conditions for swapping and will make sure that every participant meets these conditions: YES


Details of swap:
Who/Where: anyone who loves and/or uses paper and ephemera (see below for ideas) anywhere in the world.  I.e. YOU!

What: fill to brimming a manila envelope (the kind that fits an 8.5"x11" piece of paper, or A4 for Europeans, and I don't know what elsewhere) with all sorts and sizes of paper and ephemera.

When: sign up by June 21 and send out by July 1.

How many: each participant can send out and receive up to three envelopes full of paper/ephemera.

Why: because paper is beautiful and fun!


If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US?
How many envelopes would you like to swap?

Here are the kinds of things I'll be sending -- just some ideas of the type of stuff you might want to include:
Japanese printed papers
Italian papers
Marbled papers
Handmade, organic type papers
Printed papers
Brightly colored, quality papers
Vellums
Old card catalog cards
Check-out-the-books cards
Sheets of sticky paper in sparkles and gold and such
Foreign stamps
pages from books from pre-1930 (already destroyed -- I can't kill a book!)
Labels/manuals/advertisements from the 60s

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.
23  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Paper & Ephemera SWAP (CLOSED: Send by JULY 1!) on: May 31, 2005 09:09:45 AM
Swap name:  Paper & Ephemera SWAP
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: happify
Sign-up date range: May 31 to June 21
Date to send item by: July 1

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): nope!
Non-U.S. participants allowed? yes!
All ages allowed? Or 18+? all
Organizer is aware of current list of "suspended traders" list and will not allow those members to participate: YES
Organizer meets the 4 conditions for swapping and will make sure that every participant meets these conditions: YES


Details of swap:
Who/Where: anyone who loves and/or uses paper and ephemera (see below for ideas) anywhere in the world.  I.e. YOU!

What: fill to brimming a manila envelope (the kind that fits an 8.5"x11" piece of paper, or A4 for Europeans, and I don't know what elsewhere) with all sorts and sizes of paper and ephemera.

When: sign up by June 21 and send out by July 1.

How many: each participant can send out and receive up to three envelopes full of paper/ephemera.

Why: because paper is beautiful and fun!


If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US?
How many envelopes would you like to swap?

Here are the kinds of things I'll be sending -- just some ideas of the type of stuff you might want to include:
Japanese printed papers
Italian papers
Marbled papers
Handmade, organic type papers
Printed papers
Brightly colored, quality papers
Vellums
Old card catalog cards
Check-out-the-books cards
Sheets of sticky paper in sparkles and gold and such
Foreign stamps
pages from books from pre-1930 (already destroyed -- I can't kill a book!)
Labels/manuals/advertisements from the 60s

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.
24  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Paper and Paper Ephemera for Collages/ATCs/Bookmaking SWAP! on: May 14, 2005 07:18:04 PM
I'd say throw in other embellishments if there's room!  I've found a few things along those lines that I set aside to put in as well. 
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Post Colonial Culture Theft Tee on: May 14, 2005 09:24:54 AM
Not coming from reading Bust or as a high school student Smiley.  Post college unemployed and too poor for magazines here. 

I agree with Mikan that it's not an all bad thing; I just personally have seen very very few examples of it being a wonderful occurence.  My dislike of the practice in general is somewhat personal; various elements of my own cultural backgrounds are currently being exploited, yet at the same time, I'm facing the same stereotypes/bigotry as before, so it's an "in my face" issue. 

Japan seems to be one of the few exceptions to the "people don't stay interested" rule but it was colonizer, not colonized.  Britain too.  I'm waiting to see the Maori or Ojibwe or Irish or Nepalese or Quechua or Liberians break into the old boys' club.

Just to assure people, I am not accosting strangers on the street to lecture them about the dangers implicit in exoticizing other cultures.  Nor do I do this with my friends and family (well, family is in the same boat as I am).    But most of the problems, the bigotry and stereotypes, are based in ignorance (albeit sometimes willful) and misinformation.  Regardless, it is hurtful and frustrating and alienating and I'm not so strong that I can stop caring.  So if it comes up in conversation, I speak (hopefully in a way that keeps others from feeling attacked or shamed or hurt).
26  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Paper and Paper Ephemera for Collages/ATCs/Bookmaking SWAP! on: May 14, 2005 08:47:07 AM
Okay, in keeping with what I'm hearing, I'm going to open the swap up after I get back from my brother's college graduation (next weekend) and go through perhaps the first week of June, with send out by the end of June?  Does that make sense?

Yay! 
27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Post Colonial Culture Theft Tee on: May 13, 2005 10:09:29 AM
I agree with Mikan that a certain amount of copying is natural and helpful and educational.  In my experience, however, it seems that most copying is done ignorantly and does not lead to increased interest in or concern about another culture or group of people.  Take the "Asian" trends that have been popular for the last 5+ years.  Most people still could not tell you the different between written Mandarin/Japanese/Korean, or even orient them correctly on the page.  In fact, the worst I've seen have been *fake* "Asian" writing on t-shirts.  There seems to be little correlation between fads and knowledge increasing.

Additionally, using various images can be, and is, offensive to people for whom they hold definite meaning.  For example, the "kitsch" use of the Virgin Mary or Buddha takes powerful religious icons and turns them into cheap "exotic" decor for people who don't understand their meaning.  This kind of thing is the reason that people who aren't members of Native American nations can't collect eagles' feathers -- and I support this.  It's bad enough to put up with colonialization, warfare, subjagation, etc., without having your culture stolen as well (speaking not just of First Nations here).

Sorry to keep going on about this.  I find it quite interesting and important.
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Clothing Pet Peeves on: May 12, 2005 08:35:20 PM
Oh, I am not a happy camper with the clothing companies (I buy used, but still, can't they think of what I need?).  I'm a short girl who happens to be curvy.  Small waist, big butt, big bust.  I laughed when I heard some pop/dance song that went "36-24-36" in reference to measurements, 'cause that's what I am.  Only not quite 5' tall, rather than 6'. 

I have to try one about 30 pairs of pants to find even one that'll work -- and then still have to hem it!  And then, thanks to the inner thighs, I wear holes in them within a few months.  Plus, as Medea said, the companies use sizing to torture us, so I have to try on sizes 0-6, never knowing what's going to work.  Hell, I tell you.  The worst, though is bras.  Try being a 32C/D (still trying to figure that out) and cheap to boot.   And why can Maidenform make 32Cs in white, but not in nude?!?!?  If I were as rich as Rockefeller, I'd be richer than Rockefeller, because in my spare time I'd sell woman's clothing that fit!

Seriously, do any of you know of a brand of jeans/pants that allows for curves?  I hate having pants gap in the back or don't fit over my hips!
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Post Colonial Culture Theft Tee on: May 12, 2005 07:22:30 PM
I, too, have issues with culture theft, but I think it extends far beyond "the mysterious east" (though that seems to be the most obvious.  I see mainstream "cultural theft" from First Nations/Native Americans, Catholicism (especially the Latina/o tradition), Ireland, Japan, China, India, Buddhism, Hinduism, etc., etc., etc.  I don't know how the t-shirt you suggested would work, though, since most people would probably interpret it as yet another cool little "exotic" icon.  My only solution has been to try to educate people, in a non-confrontational way, when they are using the icons/symbols/designs/languages of my cultures without understanding their meanings or with the intent to offend. 

And for all that, I am absolutely no help.  I'd love to see what you come up with, though!
30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dream Wardrobe on: May 11, 2005 10:57:57 AM
1.  burgundy/red mary jane flats with small soles (I hate those giant soles that stick out farther than the shoe) and cut-outs.  I got myself a pair at Payless a few years ago, but sadly they wore out utterly and completely and flats only seem to be in pink, black, and white right now.
2.  Peep-toed shoes, 1930s-1940s style, in a pale lime green.  But not too much toe peeping, 'cause my toes are not peepable.
3.  Mid-thigh length springy coat in an off-lime color, slightly fitted waist, classic cut.
4.  Any of those really pretty lacy Anthropologie shirts.
5.  A pair of jeans that fits (the one and only pair, the love of my life, gave up the ghost two weeks ago).  I, too, am of the big butt (36")-small waist (25") crowd.  C'mon, jeans-makers, I'm built like a FEMALE, you know, with curves and such?  Dark, mildly low waisted, slightly flared...
6.  Eyeglasses that have fit, funk, form, and flattering.  Sorry, not in this universe.
7.  Nice warm wool/blend turtleneck sweaters that go down past my waist (I hate that back draft) in lovely colors like that greyish turquoise popping up this season.
8.  Cottony/Lineny coats in classic Jackie-O cuts that'll work for summer over a baby-doll t-shirt.
9.  Socks in pretty patterns, etiher anklets or kneehighs, not in between.
10.  30s-40s-50s-60s short summer frocks that can be worn over pants or by themselves, in bright fun bold colors and patterns.

Also want:  things with chrysanthemums on them; shirts that don't suddenly become belly baring because you happen to have breasts; 50% poly/50% cotton mixes in really cool t-shirts; no sweatshop labor; classic styles in general; polka dots; lime green, orange, pink, and red. 
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