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Joe Madl
mixed media artist, musician, buddhist, explorer, vintage car enthusiast
mixed media artist, musician, buddhist, explorer, vintage car enthusiast
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shoes full of slush
"spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush." -doug larson the winter blahs have been hanging heavily in the winter mist here in montana, or so it seems to be the case in the manhandled threads studio. the creative juices have bee...

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petting the beast
"sometimes you wake up. sometimes the fall kills you. and sometimes, when you fall, you fly." -neil gaiman revisiting this tonal quilt. drawn first to its colors. they suited the quiet, somber mood that prevails this morning. as more snow blankets the count...

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hex happens
"life is too short not to experiment." -jamelia being a creature of habit, i find myself slipping into patterns and stale routines at times. of late, i've indulged my inner brat with sulking through the holidays. moaning about the things i don't have in my ...

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considering play
"play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold." -joseph chilton pearce  just playing. and considering. these two activities go hand in hand really. they can also be a field for a crossroads of another sort. where the lo-tech style o...

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portals
every doorway, every intersection has a story. -katherine dunn i've been thinking lately about the story of my cloth work. not so much of the story of how i came to do it, but rather the why of the art itself. whether the "art" in question is cloth, paint, ...

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recovering a sense of play
"the creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct." -carl jung life can sometimes bog us down. adulting can be a very serious matter which can take over and rub the shiny off of just about everything.  in order to ...

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changing perspective
"when i let go of what i am, i become what i might be." -lao tzu these lovely rust dyed cotton fragments were a gift from a delightful follower on instagram (@pwendy). this buddha is joyfully sporting new threads until inspiration moves them in another dire...

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use. reuse. and fanboy surprise.
"nothing lasts forever. but the thing is, you can reuse some." -rick riordan, leo's mother, the lost hero nestled in the bottom of community's  work basket are tons of almost forgotten scraps. slumbering peacefully away. until now.  i can't let them find th...

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something epic this way comes
"but i love halloween, and i love that feeling: the cold air, the spooky dangers lurking around the corner." -evan peters like rabbit, i'm late, i'm late... i always seem to stumble across these wondrous things late.  ah well, at least i stumble across them...

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"we do not live an equal life, but one of contrasts and patchwork; now a little joy, then a sorrow, now a sin, then a generous or brave action." -ralph waldo emerson contrasts and patchwork. a fitting description for my life of late. and so i continue to st...
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