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Madi Luschwitz X The Hemp Temple by Madi Luschwitz

Such a beautiful experience to collaborate alongside with the beautiful women that are The Hemp Temple. Here is our interview re-posted from their blog Temple Times. Click on "Madi Luschwitz X The Hemp Temple" to shop or order the Cosmic Collection of hand embroidered sacred threads.

The Heart of Madi

by Brittany Godden

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Where were you born and what is your star sign?

I was born in Royal women’s hospital in Paddington and I’m a Scorpio

 

We see you as respected and loved figure in the community and on social media, how do you feel responsible in this role? 

I use it as platform to put out my life experiences, stories and other people I look up to that shape me as an artist. I love showing my journey as my work shifts and morphs over time.

Being a creative is hard at times too there is so much doubt and self analysis that goes on that isn’t showed on instagram. Artworks can look really raw and awkward in their early stages!

So I make the choice to show this imperfect experience, the real me and how my artwork grows and just doesn’t get whipped up overnight. I know I certainly experience the ups and downs of inspiration and I think it’s a great thing that through Instagram we can share this vulnerability that we are all in this together.

 

As an artist, what message are you sharing though your art?  

 Connection between the earth and its inhabitants, self growth and our infinite potential.

I want my art to really inspire people to step into their inner child. 

I love that their is a cosmic sense of humour too that people can laugh at some of the imagery and enjoy it! Just cause it’s in a gallery it doesn’t have to be serious it can be humorous and spark that cheeky ness within us all.

Creating art for me is a really powerful way to express who I am and how I see the world. I can be quite an introvert at times and it feels really special that I can use my creativity to visually share my heart and soul.

 

We love the grounding essence of your cosmic work, how did the Australian bush and the rocketship come to light? 

 Iv always been a day dreamer. My mind has always drifted off into different stories and depictions of my moments spent in reality. Coming up with imaginary stories within the Australian landscape and combining it with a natural human instinct to be drawn to the galaxy and it’s glittering show that it puts on every night. I love the childlike aspect when my bush creatures combine with the cosmos I feel like my inner 5 year old Madi is taking over my hand as I create. 

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Whats tools do you use to stay balanced amongst life's beautiful chaos? 

I spend time with my beautiful Man, practise Vedic Meditation, bushwalk bare foot and force myself Into cold ocean dips to keep myself in check and make sure I’m being my best version of myself. 

The clearer I am the more inspired I am and the more art flows out of me. Self love is a big one too I love to finish my meditation with gentle friendly self love reminders. I think we are in such a time of comparison of our selves to others and it’s important to keep reminding yourself that we are all doing our best!

What or who, is your biggest inspiration?

PATTI SMITH hands down! The first time I heard her music I felt like I had been waiting to hear an artist sound like that my whole life! The more of her books, documentaries, music and live performances I have witnessed has just cemented her in my mind as someone living up to their full purpose and truly being led by their passion and love for life.

What has been your greatest achievement? 

My first solo show of my art in 2016. I was terrified but the opportunity came up and I knew I couldn’t say no. It was the first time I had invested a lot of money into my art in hope for the best. I really pushed myself creatively I wanted to put out as much as I physically could for this show. I posed nude with my art in the lead up to promote it. I felt like all of me was on the line in so many ways. The terrifying thoughts of failure where full on and shame for dedicating so much time to a career that is never certain! All totally fear based thoughts that are not real of course but we all have them. Long story short the show went amazing! I sold a lot of work and had a massive turnout of support I could not have dreamed of. It felt like the universe gave me a friendly push that I needed to keep at it and I have ever since.

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Do you have animal guides, cosmic guides, or perhaps a higher consciousness you tap into? 

Through dreams and some of my deep meditations I experience subtle visions of colour and creatures or a feeling that I need to stop and draw immediately. These images are so fleeting but feel really special so I always keep my diary next to me or draw them out not long after they happen. 

In terms of animal guides I feel SO connected with animals, always have. I feel they all guide me in different ways. Whether it’s a beautiful tawny frogmouth owl that makes you slow down to appreciate its grandness or a whale in the ocean when your surfing, I always feel a surge of inspiration and purpose after these close encounters.

 

What has recently inspired you? Are you working on anything at the moment.  

Yes I’m exploring works inspired by my travels to remote landscapes and what they clear within ourselves by being away from technology and the simplicity of living off the land. I spent 6 weeks in Sumba and currently been travelling the Northern Territory for 5.

With this in mind Im combining this with the connection to ancient handcrafts through thread and dirt (embroidery and ceramics). I’m so drawn to the simplicity of representation as seen in aboriginal, Egyptian and Mexican folk art I love the bold, confidence and purpose of story they hold.

I like to think of these cultures while I’m making art and then morph it together with my fierce love for Australia and its raw beautiful aesthetic. 

 

We have been following your adventures into the Australia desert, how did it feel to be out there? 

It feels insane and so powerful in so many ways. Iv wanted to see it for years and finally just called it last year to do it! Seeing Uluru and Kata-Juta two very sacred sites was full on! A silence takes over you I felt honoured to experience them. When I felt Uluru electricity went through my arms. Also I had the rare opportunity to visit a closed aboriginal community with my beautiful friend Lilly as she visited her family there. We got to meet some really inspiring artists, hunters and people still so connected to the harsh dry landscape. They were so welcoming and I felt honoured to be able to meet everyone and hear their stories.

 

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Why did you want to collab with the hemp temple?

I have been so inspired watching you guys grow as a brand and a way of living. Holding so much integrity in the process. You truely practise what you preach and put out so much good vibes! It’s an honour to create alongside a brand with strong core values that reflect your own. I’m a big fan of hemp and slow fashion. 

It’s also been so grounding to wear on my travels through Sumba and Northern Territory this year. There really feels to be something primal and ancient about hemp when I wear it I feel really feminine and strong at the same time.

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Seeing Patti Smith by Madi Luschwitz

I’ve never felt oppressed by my gender. When I’m writing a poem or drawing; I’m not female; I’m an artist
— Patti Smith

When I was younger I was consistently looking up to male role models for creative inspiration. The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, David Bowie and Quentin Tarantino, I loved their boldness and originality. Although being a shy teen I think I was mostly awestruck by their confidence.

When i was 18, almost a year into Art School I heard Patti Smith's album "Horses." Something happened when I heard it for the first time and I beleive from that moment my perspective was starting to shift as I opened myself up to the gritty and bold females out there that I had not yet exposed myself to. Thus sending myself on a hungry absorbtion through the life work of Patti Smith.

Airport hangs in La Guardia 

Airport hangs in La Guardia 

When planning our trip to The States I naturally went searching for a Patti Smith concert! I couldn’t believe it when one popped up in Chicago on December 30th. This was the birthplace of Patti and December 30th was her actual birthday. We had to go. So in an excited panic and fear of the tickets selling out I booked them, and so began our unexpected 24 hour adventure from Manhattan to Chicago and back again.

We boarded our plane at 3pm and landed in Chicago, Illinoise 5:30pm at a pleasent -3 degrees celsius! As we made our way through subways I watched the town sweep by through the windows of the train. I had this feeling of comfort, this was exactly where I was meant to be in this moment. Totally content. Which I found curious due to the cold grey light blanketing the town, big brick industrial buildings, deciduous trees stripped bare and roads lined with black snow shovelled to the side. I loved it.

Once off the train we found ourselves going around in circles lost in this new city. Although this didnt worry us since we were in our element wandering around and soaking it all in. Eventually we made our way to the Riviera Theatre. The air was dry and icey, our faces felt electric and zapped into the moment as our feet crunched along the salt sprinkled pavement. We had left much time as the gates didnt open for another two hours. As we neared the triumphant neon of the theatre the line emerged and we both realized that seating was first in best dressed. We got in line three blocks from the front gate half smiling, half shocked and gawking at the mass of people in front of us.

Nic in Chicago Park 

Nic in Chicago Park 

As the temperature dropped lower and lower our jackets were zipped up past our noses and hands deep in pockets. My hand felt at the folded up paper note I had written weeks back. A thankyou note, an acknowledgement, call it what you need; I had written a fan letter for Patti Smith. Does this make me one of those weirdos that write letters and have an unhealthy obsession with someone. YES! but fuck it. I am a freak and I had to get it to Patti!

So began our search for the messenger to take this letter to Patti. After numerous failed attempts and a slightly broken spirit we made our way to our last option The merchandise stand. Nic, still on high alert spotted Neil Young's doppleganger with an all access pass on his hip! Nic made a run for him, the poor man actually noticed and picked up his own pace! Then he stopped, perhaps noticing the desperation in Nic's eyes. “My wife is a massive Patti Smith fan. She has a letter, can you pleeease give it to her?” “sure” he said.

The Riviera Theatre

The Riviera Theatre

To me, punk rock is the freedom to create, freedom to be successful, freedom to not be successful, freedom to be who you are. It’s freedom.
— Patti Smith

After that the night was buzzing with potential! We found our place in the mosh and before we knew it Patti came on. Maybe it was the vodka but something really strange happened as she spoke those first words “Jesus died for somebodys sins, but not mine” my eyes welled up and the tears started flowing. Serious tears, not just a quick little rom com dribble, I was overwhelmed. The tears kept streaming and sharing this moment with Nic was possibly the most special inspiring and deep moments to date. As Patti said when she saw Jim Morrison perform the first time "It seemed for me a night of initiation, where i had become fully myself in the presence of the one I had modeled myself after."

Patti in all her glory

Patti in all her glory

She spoke of empowerment, change and the moral power in taking responsibility for ones actions. In the song "Elegie" she ran off into poetic speech recalling and honouring all we have lost. From Jimi Hendrix to Kurt Cobain to Amy Winehouse she named them all. Proving her relevence after all this time in todays culture. Her love for art, experiencing and observing have transended an era, a time and place. Replacing it with the Now as we stood amongst a hugely varied and diverse crowd. It felt like a gift to be standing in the mass absorbing this. She spat on stage, danced and swore like it was going out of fashion! she was everything I had hoped and more as she performed and expressed her gratitude for rock and roll. It was 70 years to date since she was born in Chicago that very night. There truely was magic in the air as we screamed her lyrics dancing and making friends amoungst us. I felt pure admiration yet also an awakened hunger in me. An obligation and a personal mission to stay on the path of art and self expression.

new years eve the morning after the show

new years eve the morning after the show