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Date Joined: May 16, 2010
Last Online: May 22, 2013
Birthday: December 11
Country: United States
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About Me

****Hi Everybody! I'm in graduate school right now and have been laying low on the swapping. I should be done with school by the end of June and back to swapping!!!****

Hello! I'm mad madge and I mostly make collaged postcards. Currently, I am also exploring other techniques and formats such as journalling and painting as well. Not sure I'm all that good at combining paint and collage but I am having fun experimenting.

I live in Spokane, Washington USA with my three cats and partner.

I am a social worker by profession but have always made things with my hands. This includes ceramics, jewelry, paper, and collaged postcards.

I tend to use recycled materials in my collages. We have so much waste in this world that we live in, I can't see buying too many materials when even our food and toothpaste are generally contained in packaging that can be repurposed. Plus, it is fun to take a closer look at all the lies marketers feed us.

Things I like

I like or love: . . . anything handmade especially when I know that the creator has let her/him or zerself take risks and experiment. Explain your experimentations and risks and you will most certainly get that most coveted swap-bot rating of a heart.

. . . bright contrasting colors such as pinks, magentas, oranges, yellows, reds, lime green, purples, blues, teal,... but also black and white. I love cats and try to spend a good bit of time in nature;

. . . art and photography. Collage seems to be my current love. I take lots of snapshots too.

If we are swapping in a quote card exchange, I like quotes that encourage me to live my life to its fullest.

I like stamps, especially international ones or interesting ones from the U.S.. I also love office supplies, especially those that I wouldn't find at Staples or OfficeMax.

. . . rose patterns. Not sure why, because I'm not that into the actual flower. Polka dots make me smile as well;

. . . eyes and spiders are creepy likes of mine;

. . . textures and I have been experimenting with painting over textured wall papers and such;

. . . and handmade and/or painted papers;

. . . lace and fabric scraps;

. . . patterns from the 60's and 70's;

. . . I'm not very religious but I have a deep respect for the Virgin Mary, la Virgen de Guadalupe, Cuatlicue, the Venus of Willendorf, and all sorts of goddesses.

I speak French, Spanish, and a tiny bit of Arabic. I appreciate references to cultures that are associated with these languages.

Last but not least, I have a deep appreciation for bubble wrap.

Things I don't like

I don't particularly like:

. . . images from mainstream fashion mags unless they are sufficiently altered;

. . . things that are too cutesy;

. . . patriotism and flags;

. . .Twilight and the L Word;

. . .quickly pasted together scrap book paper creations.

I spend a lot of time on what I send. My style is a bit messy, but I still take a lot of time making what I send. I appreciate it when people who swap with me take the same amount of care and interest in what they send me.

Favorite Movies

My Beautiful Laundrette, Fargo, Iron Jawed Angels, Men with Guns, Rabbit-Proof Fence, The Matrix, Lone Star, Harold and Maude, Ma Vie en Rose, Pieces of April, The Sum of Us, and Waltz with Bashir

Favorite Books

"The God of Small Things" by Arundhati Roy, "Invisible Cities" by Italo Calvino, "Zaatar Diva" by Suheir Hammad, Foucault's "A History of Sexuality," Jeannette Winterson's "The Passion," "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" trilogy, "The City and the City" by China Mieville, anything by Audre Lorde, bell hooks, and Gloria Anzaldua.

I also have a burgeoning love for graphic novels and zines.

Favorite Music

Marcel Khalife, Mercedes Sosa, Lila Downs, Ozomatli, Neko Case, Silvio Rodriguez, Lucinda Williams, Soapkills, Fela Kuti, Gogol Bordello, Florence and the Machine, Y La Bamba, Bitch, Le Tigre, Pink, Electric Light Orchestra, Pamplemousse, Michael Franti and Spearhead. . .

Favorite Television

"Sponge Bob" and "Daria." I don't like to admit it, but I also occasionally enjoy "CSI." The new BBC series "Sherlock" and Anthony Bourdain's travel show "No Reservations" are other faves.

Favorite Visual Artists

Annette Messager, Louise Bourgeois, Remedios Varo, Ellen Gallager, Hannah Hoch, Faviana Rodriguez and Lenore Tawney.


Comment: gorgeous as always!
Comment: WOW! These are wonderful! I can tell they were totally high end for their day! ;-) You've made my week; I can't wait to start playing with them. I'm so excited to have this card; I've admired it since I saw it on your blog! Believe it or not, before this, I've had no arabic script. Shukran, shukran for the awesome swap!
Response: I should have sent you more Arabic script then. Next time!
Bedazzle rated for Write That Long Letter on Aug 16, 2012
Comment: Thanks so much for the letter, it was really nice to hear more about you. :-) thank you also for the beautiful white collage
misscorbeau rated for Mailart on Aug 15, 2012
Comment: YEA!!!!!!!! I finally have a piece of the groovy, bad ass art with all of the threads hanging!!! Love it, thank you!!!!!
Bedazzle rated for C+P Supplies on Jul 31, 2012
Comment: It came, It came It came! And worth the wait! So awesome! I love the textured wallpaper and the bird tissue paper ! all of it is so great. And your envelope was wonderful! thanks for saving the flying pigs for me! You can rest easy now! :-)
Response: Oh. Yippee! That sure took a long time. I am glad you got it and liked it.
LASummer rated for C+P Mail Art ~ senders choice! on Jul 19, 2012
Comment: I luh huh huv this postcard! Yes I do!! It's gonna sleep next to me tonight! Man, I wish I woudda thought of doing something this crazy cool for my partner!
Bedazzle rated for C+P Postcard: Pick an Image on Jun 19, 2012
Comment: Hi Madge Your postcard arrived today, Very Pretty, Thanks so much! I'll try to get something back to you soon, I think I'm slipping again on my network returns! ARGHHH
Response: I'm glad that you liked it. No worries about network returns. I take the same approach as Karen, I send because I like to and know that you will send when you can.
BeckyG56 rated for C+P--Tactile postcard on May 10, 2012
Comment: I posted here earlier,on a different swap,and then your tactile pc showed up today,and I realized my error! Great postcard! So much things to see,touch and feel! Thanks for the effort into making this a cool pc!
Response: Yeah!!! I am glad that arrived and that you liked it.
blueraven44 rated for Message in a Bottle on May 3, 2012
Comment: awesome swap :]
PJ rated for Mixed media postcards on May 2, 2012
Comment: Amazing! Rich vibrant layers, and personalized to my profile too. Even more amazing ... you re-sent so quickly, but they ended up arriving on the same day! I love them both, and will definitely send a little mail art back your way as a thank-you for the extra PC.
Sproet rated for C+P Anything Goes! PC, free theme on Apr 26, 2012
Comment: Really really loved your pc. Love the way you work with mixed media. Thank you so much.
greengirl rated for Mixed media postcards on Apr 17, 2012
Comment: Wow, despite the fact that I don't love ferrets, I have to say this is probably the best piece of mail art I've had in awhile! Thanks so much! Love the colors!
Response: Oh, sorry you don't like ferrets. Was this fact evident on your profile and I missed it? Well, I am glad that you liked the card anyway.
emrajr69 rated for CC-Layers of Flavor Postcards on Mar 27, 2012
Comment: The whole point of the exercise was the experimentation. If you tried and did your best, then you deserve your rating. We are our own worst judges, so don't beat yourself up. I liked it.
Response: Thanks! I'm glad that you liked it!
Bedazzle rated for CC-Layers of Flavor Postcards on Mar 26, 2012
Comment: Well, I think your experiment was a success! Thank you!, I'm trying to catch up on all my C+P network and IUOMA mail, you are on my mind, and will get something out to you!
Response: I get playing catch up! I'm always there! Glad you liked the card.
mathaholic rated for HPC Ripped on Mar 11, 2012
Comment: sorry for the late rating, I could have sworn that I rated you.... must have not hit the saved button. Great job!
Response: Good. It arrived. I was worried that it hadn't.
knitmom7 rated for HPC Ripped on Feb 27, 2012
Comment: WOW!
Response: :)
Comment: Yay it came! It's beautiful. I knew I'd love it. Thanks for the note and all the extra clippings.
Response: Looking forward to seeing what you do with the extra clippings. I still want to send you something else but it will take me a little while.
lindall rated for HPC Ripped on Feb 23, 2012
Comment: eXXXcellent!
Response: I am glad that you liked it!!!
Dougal375 rated for C+P Postcard: Everyday Ephemera on Feb 14, 2012
Comment: Thanks for the great postcard, I wish I could sew, would be able to be so much more creative.
Response: I'm glad that you liked it. I don't really know how to sew either but I love stitching.
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful supplies!! The envie itself was an inspiration. I hope I can come up with something you will enjoy :)
Response: I will completely love what you create as long as you put your heart in it. Hopefully I sent you enough stuff :) I went a bit crazy with the two packages. You'll have enough ephemera for awhile perhaps.

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MissThundercat on Nov 3, 2012:

what a lovely surprise i found in the mail today! I love the gorgeous mixed media piece you sent me Madge!thank you dear for making my day :) I'm so behind with my mail art sending as well but I'll send you something fun soon too :) hope school is going well! xoxo Tarah

MissThundercat on Oct 13, 2012:

Hi Madge! I received your wonderful mail art mixed media postcard today! Another wonderful piece of art from you in my collection! I love it! Hope your school is going well! I'll send something to cheer your mailbox up soon :) xoxox Tarah

misscorbeau on Aug 13, 2012:

AND your art,,,

misscorbeau on Aug 13, 2012:

Your Pinterest is kick ass!

LASummer on Jul 19, 2012:

Oh you are a girl twin! Doesn't all that recycled packaging have great texture and color?! The messier the better!

MissThundercat on Jun 25, 2012:

Hi Madge! thanks so much for the lovely mail art postcard! what a great surprise :)love the collage and the letter stencils you used :) thanks again! xo Tarah

FarStarr on May 24, 2012:

Now that's chunky!!! :)

Thank you so much for the awesome mail! I especially love the "seaweed" bit!

MissThundercat on Apr 10, 2012:

Hi Madge! thanks so much for the fun piece of mail art you sent me through the C+P mail art network :) love your usage of materials :) Hope you had a great easter! xo Tarah

Bedazzle on Mar 14, 2012:

Hi Madge!, Thanks so much for the great Mail Art. I received it last week, but for some reason I thought it was from someone else named Margaret who has multiple online user names, whom I have been exchanging with. You also left a nice comment a long while ago on my IUOMA page, I also thought this was from her - Silly me! Thanks again - I'll get something in the mail for you as soon as I can! Take Care, Dan x

naturenerd3 on Feb 20, 2012:

You C+P postcard is finally in the mail. Thanks so much for waiting and I hope you enjoy it :)

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