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Jodi Meadows

Madame Seven's Gypsy Palace is a line of upcycled vintage clothing, jewelry & accessories. Madame7 is also a DJ, multi-media artist, writer and chef.

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Almost blew coffee out my nose. #djculture #djhumor #edm #techno #trance #trancefamily #dj

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I opened Instagram just now and the camera was live. It took me a few moments in my barely-awake haze to figure out what I was looking at on the screen. I thought it was someone else’s photo, but it’s just my blanket! Omg I’m arting even when I don’t know I’m arting. #artistsofinstagram #ilovegreen #abstractart #photography

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It’s only when I help make dinner at other people’s houses that there may be a trip to the store involved before cooking. At home, I can ALWAYS bust something good out of whatever I have on hand. This tastes kind of like sukiyaki. Maybe its ghetto cousin. It’s kind of cool to think about how elsewhere in the world, there may be a few million people eating meat, veggies and rice in some form at this very moment. #inspiredchef #cookingforone #rightbrainedcooking #foodporn #whattodowithgroundbeef #foodbankchef #artistsofinstagram #notvegan

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I’ve got spirals on the mind while I’m working on my new logo for Seventh Wave Graphics. Noticed this little guy outside my chiropractor’s office and couldn’t resist the photo op. I remember being a kid, finding a land snail for the first time and thinking it had gotten very lost. #spiral #nautilus #biomimicry #asabovesobelow #phiratio #fibonaccispiral #sacredgeometry #artistsofinstagram #graphicdesigner #illustrator

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This photo came up in my Facebook feed from eight years ago. It’s a candid shot of my models in between sets on a photo shoot I did with a Seattle photographer. This is when I was putting all of my energy into fashion design, doing shows, shoots, designing costumes. The theme of the shoot was “Alice’s dark mirror”, a twisted version of the Wonderland story. All clothing was made from reconstructed vintage apparel and textiles. I still have the Mad Hatter’s hat—it is made from handfuls of scraps, literal outtakes from another garment, and lined with prayer flags that had been up on my porch for a year. His coat I sold at a festival to two outrageously happy young men who said they would share it. The dress...I don’t know where that dress ended up. Most of the stuff I. Made for fashion shows and shoots was given to the models, anything leftover I sold on the cheap at music festivals. I am so glad there are photos of what I’ve done, otherwise it might have just been a dream. Sometimes I miss making clothes. Mostly not. Sewing is frustrating. I still have a massive heap of material to do something with. I’ve got to decide this year if gypsy palace couture will continue or if I should part with the materials and focus only on accessories like utility belts, purses, hats and jewelry. Maybe my new path into graphic design will lead me to fabric print design and then eventually back to fashion. What a trip it is to be so wildly, annoyingly creative. I hope I live a long life so I can make ALL THE THINGS! #fashion #designer #fashiondesign #modeling #aliceinwonderland #upcycledvintage #upcycledclothing #reconstructedvintage #reconstructedfashion #ecofashion #artistsofinstagram #graphicdesigner #lifeisfun #nothavingamidlifecrisis

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This is how I have to set myself up in order to use my graphics tablet, all propped up with pillows. I am determined to bust out a logo for my design business as a means of manifesting a major tech upgrade to the Wacom cintiq touch display by the end of the month. If this is all my shoulder will allow me to do this summer, then I’m going to give it everything I’ve got. The name of my design business is Seventh Wave Graphics. Remarkably, no one has taken that name yet. I am going to specialize in logo design, product packaging, and promotional materials for others. And fun stuff for myself will include print-on-demand artwork and textile print design. This is all pretty exciting for me at a time when I am having to let go of all the other creative things I enjoyed doing. But there is a reason I went to school for illustration and graphic design: I’m naturally quite good at it and enjoy the creative challenges it presents. Don’t worry, I’ll still be DJing, cooking and making jewelry, but these things will become my hobbies for a while. It’s time for me to just pick one thing to base a career from and get really good at it. Wish me luck! #illustrator #graphicdesigner #digitalart #wacom #healing #artistsofinstagram

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I’m thinking about Anthony Bourdain so much all day, every time I cook, I can hear him narrating as if I’m cooking at a beloved hole-in-the-wall of his somewhere in the world. And though, because of my recent shoulder surgery to my dominant arm, I have been reduced to cooking frozen broccoli and shrimp and having to wait until a friend visits to get my spaghetti squash cut open, still I feel his spirit through me as I prepare every meal. He has also tremendously influenced me as a writer, and I intend to do something professionally with that talent, in his honor. I don’t believe he intended to end his life. The circumstances I just learned of point to an accidental asphyxiation, which makes far more sense for a man in the midst of filming in Paris, who probably couldn’t wait to see his daughter afterward. I am going to host a dinner party here soon and invite all my friends who love to cook, spread out over three kitchens on the property at @dreamseedcollective, while playing all of the Parts Unknown episodes, poring over his cookbooks, and indulging in whatever the fuck we feel like, irreverently. The world lost a warrior this week. RIP Tony. #anthonybourdain #culinaryarts #chef #chefsofinstagram #artistsofinstagram #hautecuisine #partsunknown #ripanthony

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This is precisely why I live alone now. I have no tolerance for liars, particularly those who are also parasites. Honesty is paramount to me and I will only allow in my life people who value integrity as much as I do. I used to think that lying was a product of addiction and other weaknesses, but this quote is helping me to understand that it’s the other way around: pathological liars eventually become degenerates. They betray their very souls, and that infects everything they think, say and do. Good riddance to liars and vampires. I am more happy now than I’ve probably ever been, despite living alone with my left arm in a sling, unable to do much. I am happy because I have streamlined my life down to who and what is healthy and supportive of my being the best human I can be. My home is tidy and clean, my alliances pure and strong, my spirit more fierce than ever. #truth #honesty #courage #lovebeingsingle #healing #strength #nomorefuckboys #donewithnarcissists

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Chocolate peanut butter banana turmeric coconut milkshake with collagen peptides to help my shoulder heal faster after surgery. My morning smoothies also contain turmeric, and high-cbd cannabis juice to reduce inflammation and help with pain. I am taking msm, vitamin C, A, D3 and zinc for healing, and Kratom for pain relief. I was able to stop taking opiate pain medication after four days post-surgery. I started physical therapy today and my therapist was astounded to hear this. I am dedicated to healing quickly and thoroughly with nutrition, rest and therapy. And because recovery from this type of surgery is so long, I have decided to put down everything I was previously doing and focus entirely on graphic design and digital art since my mobility is limited in a sling and I am harboring massive untapped talent in that medium. Gypsy Palace will rock out in the future, but for the remainder of 2018, I probably won’t be showing much in the way of fashion or jewelry design here. Maybe in the fall I will regain some mobility and bust out a collection of jewelry. But as soon as I get my hands on a Wacom Cintiq pen display, you’ll start seeing what kind of magic i am able to conjure with that. Cheers to healing and strength! #healthyliving #smoothies #turmeric #antiinflammatorydiet #healingfoods #rotatorcuffsurgery #artistsofinstagram #illustrator #empoweredliving

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Twenty years ago, I used to draw constantly. I published little art books and made posters and stickers of my drawings. People used to have me draw their flyer art for parties and restaurant menus. And then, I got distracted by way too many other ways of expressing creativity. Decorating parties, cooking, making costumes, art installations, altars, DJing, drumming, playing guitar, writing and performing poetry, dancing, singing...and then I had children--the ultimate creative act. I stopped drawing, and couldn't get inspired to start again. I had too many pokers in the fire, and had strayed so far from my most innate talent that nobody even knew I was an artist anymore. I watched as other illustrators and painters took the spotlight and became known as the artists of my community. I became invisible in their shadow. Because of the path I have traveled over the past two years, it is now abundantly clear to me and quite a few others that it is time for me to take back this superpower and finally use it for my highest good. I have been rendered physically incapable of building cottages, landscaping, digging, chopping, painting, sanding, hammering, sewing, playing guitar or drumming. But after a few weeks of healing in this sling, I will be able to draw again. This drawing from the back of one of my poetry books depicts the divine goddess of creativity that animates my spirit. I lent her power to other people's projects, goals and healing, and neglected my own. Now she comes home to live with me and will bring me the success I've sold myself short on for too long. First, I will be doing some personal illustration work, logos, branding and design. Then I will be available for hire. Since I need to rebuild a portfolio, I can offer some work on trade or at a discount over the summer, so contact me if you are in need of illustration, digital design, product packaging or promotional materials. I actually have a degree in this stuff, and can dig up examples that might be relevant to your needs. But to start, let's just welcome back my muse, and invite her back into my left hand where she will help to heal me. #illustrator #artistsofinstagram #drawing #goddesspower

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My gypsy ninja steez. Check out that sexy bit of gauze from where my IV port was. I’m gonna look like this for most of the summer. Anyone wanna come visit? I’m not going aaaanywhere. #resilience #phoenixrising #whatdoesntkillyou #rotatorcuffsurgery #healinglikeamofo

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Madame7 bumping the dance floor of Sensorium in Bellingham with deep, minimal techno and some psybass at the end for the fire dancers. What a sweet last hurrah for me before surgery on my shoulder which will have me quarantined to home for at least a month. I hope to be ready to play again at some outdoor shindig this summer so please keep me in mind. Soundcloud.com/madame7 #djsofinstagram #technodj #edm #minimaltechno #technomusic #femaledjs #djculture #nothavingamidlifecrisis

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Reminiscing about the lovely Mother’s Day breakfast my daughter @rubytbx brought me in bed the morning we woke up in a farmhouse on a pear orchard. I don’t feel like getting up today—I’ve had a very stressful week looking for a new car and today I have decided I’m not doing anything at all. So I’m lying here wishing someone would bring me breakfast. There should be more than one mother’s day. #foodporn #mothersday #lovemydaughter #breakfast #cancermoonsign #takecareofmeplease

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This color followed me all week! I didn’t end up buying this car but it was the first one I looked at. That was a few days after I saw the stained glass window at a Scottish Rite Masonic temple in north Seattle. A few days later, I was at my storage unit and could not resist taking a photo of the bright blue door of my unit. Colors come to me like this, in clusters. I always ask what the message is behind that specific color. Blue tells me to be more in my water element and stay fluid. #colorsoftheweek #blue💙 #artistsofinstagram #inoticeeverything #feelingblue #staywoke

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I live by these guidelines and get along best with those who also do, or at least practice. Please don’t make assumptions about me—if you are wondering about my motives or intentions, just ask. And rest assured, I’m working on not taking things personally. I’ve been a lot happier since I’ve been practicing that one. #fouragreements #selfimprovement #staywoke #socialpermaculture

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It took me a week but I got all the sage bundled and it’s in the drying room now. I’ll have it listed by the weekend in my Etsy shop (link in Bio). If I can sell all of them, it will pay me back for the little vacation I took Ruby on last weekend. I am a genuine descendent of gypsies in Hungary and I’ve always had it in me to fund my travels by harvesting, collecting, doing and making things that people want and need. Some day I’ll get to travel the world this way. #sage #smudging #apothecary #herbalism #magick #incense #elementalmagic #etsysellersofinstagram

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Harvesting sage for my Etsy shop with my beautiful daughter. It’s 85 degrees out here in Wenatchee, WA. We found a deer skeleton and some cool rocks along the side of highway 2. The back of the car is heaped with sage and I’ll be busy bundling and tying it for the next couple of days. I’m sore and tired from the hiking and so much sun. We are relaxing in our Airbnb rental on a pear orchard and about to watch some Netflix. I’ll have the sage listed in my shop in about a week when it’s all dry. Great excuse for a mini vacation and the last ride in my Pathfinder before the insurance company takes it (was totaled a month ago but still drives fine). I’m looking for a Honda CRV in the Seattle area if you know of any for sale. #sage #etsysellersofinstagram #deserttrip #mothersday #columbiarivergorgeous #smudgestick #washingtonstate #columbiarivergorge

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