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The World Explodes into Color ~ Madge Holmes’ Recycled Glass Doors

November 2, 2010

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Step down into Madge Holmes’  great room and the world explodes into color.

Near the ceiling, odd angles are filled with over-sized fanciful Oaxaca animals carved from copal wood. Mexican tin shrines, hand-carved New Mexican Hopi Kachinas, Milagro-studded crosses and handwoven baskets cover every available inch of her Colorado Springs home. Mexican Day of the Dead toys compete for attention with brilliantly painted retablos and African dance masks.

At the far end of the space, cabinet doors covered in shards of glass wink at you as they catch the sun. Reminiscent of a South-of-the-Border bazaar, exuberantly-pieced mosaic designs wrap the open kitchen in a twinkly forest of freehand trees.

Madge herself is as eclectic and creative as her artwork. Dressed in simple black tribal-inspired clothing and attended by Tina, her large shiny black dog, she talked about how she designed and assembled her stunning doors, making creation seem simple. Each door took 8 or more hours in a process she describes as easy enough that anyone can do.

Easy that is, if you have Madge’s limitless ability to turn leftover pieces of broken bits into art.

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