“Good, raw, kind, hilarious people make my soul creative”

Posted on May 10th, 2011

I’ve decided to start a new occasional series. From time to time I come across humans who just astound me with their whimsy. They do something a bit off-beat. A bit you’re-not-meant-to-do-that. I’ve noticed there’s usually One Thing that prompted them, or motivates them, or keeps them happy and therefore whimsical. I’m always busting to tap them on the shoulder and ask, “What’s your One Thing”. Now I do here. To kick off…


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Joi Murugavell: My One Thing is to “oodlie”

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I came across Joi Murugavell on twitter. Her tweets are eons left-of-centre. But she’s an introvert and she’s found the kookiest way to connect with people I’ve ever seen. An art director by day, she draws pictures of people she “meets” on Twitter at night.

Sarah: So…what’s your One Thing?

Joi: I oodlie.

Sarah: Which would be what when it’s not sounding like a muppet?

Joi: I think of the people that matter to me the most, then write stories for them through “oodlies” [oodles of doodles =oodlies]. I’ve been drawing oodlies since I was 6. I’ve always been an introvert, since I was a baby actually  mum told me this, apparently I’d cry if anyone but her and immediate family picked me up) so I think maybe even back then IRL’s [Joi's twitterism for In Real Life's] were just a bit much…  I had this habit of sitting in my room and drawing for hours, things made sense that way. 

Sarah: The One Thing that explains your One Thing?

Joi: Years ago I oodlied to escape as the world seemed so very odd to me. I’ve since grown to be odder than the world I’m in, just happier with myself now and not so confused. Now oodling is more a means to discover  and not so much escape. In the last 2-3 years I’ve met some amazing humans through oodling them.

These humans, I mainly stalk them on twitter, then lure them into email to learn from them. It’s awfully serial killer-like without any killing. And there are so many of them and they are so so amazing. I oodlie now to meet wonderfully beautiful human beings. IT’S PEOPLE THAT ARE MAKING ME  ABSTRACT. I’m an awkward-ish introvert in-person but I’ve found my mode of communication and oh boy does it make me happy.

I stalk people like @jo1foster @indydreaming @nzjayzee @dothewoo (its a long list I’ll stop here as I’m eating mexican beans on rice not the right food for being long winded but basically I stalk people – constantly). Good, evil, raw, kind, hilarious people make my soul creative and is the reason I oodlie. If I stop oodling it would mean the word has run out of good people or even worse, interesting people.

Sarah: Your One Trick that you do that never fails to make your life matter more?

Joi: If I get out of the shower and its a little cold, I laugh (a gigglehaha while doing this slight still in a towel shivery shake move). That one move + a gigglelaugh puts everything in perspective, somehow. I’ve been doing this for years, it makes me happy, instantly.

Sarah: The One Thing you do to care for your creative soul?

Joi: I laugh. It’s because laughter cares for my soul more than anything else, and no one makes me laugh like Larry David!

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Sarah: I’m just going to share a few of your twitterisms…is that ok?

Joi: Yep.

* Sending you good vibes and a lovely hammock.

* Awww you need a little cuddle bat I can’t make bats and the electrician is at work so it will have to wait.

* I’m in my brainy smurf tshirt, feeling pretty pretty brainy. Also eating a carrot.

* Sarah do you have an obsession with cleaning your ears?

* Just sang happy birthday to my mum, because there isn’t a bloody mothers day song is there?

* Your skin is so smooth I couldn’t afford you with hair, you have all the holes girls have plus one for air.

* Vulnerability is something people always look for in others. But hells I think for most people if you watch someone stumble a little … you feel closer to them and feel you’re not such a big pussy after all, and you can always just blame it on being human. But it’s so hard… as every damn step of the way we try to hide who we are and what we truly think…

Joi’s oodlies will also be on display at Art Melbourne 2011 in May. Says Joi, “In a huge way my exhibitions this year are about sharing my discoveries/what I’ve learnt from these people online. Each week I interview one of them, then oodlie them. In June I’ll pick one oodlie that represents each person and 10 oodlies will become part of the main exhibition + the interviews. I’ll place their comfort shoes directly below their oodlie. I love the thought of that.”

Anyone else who’s One Thing you’d like to know about? Let me know and  I can… stalk them.

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  • http://thechocolatefigsf.com Sarah

    this is so wonderful! my boyfriend has a One Thing… and it’s always doing/saying something you least expect. He’ll start to say a sentence, then if the words get messed up he’ll change it around and end up saying something else entirely. It’s seamless. He exits a sentence in a different place than he enters. And he is so admirably shameless… he truly marches to the beat of his own drum. The definition of ‘whimsy’. I study him constantly with the hopes that someday it might rub off on me.

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    Sarah Wilson

    Sarah WilsonSarah Wilson Reply:

    I like the sound of him… how gorgeous you enjoy that side of him so much!

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    Kirsty - WorldyPossessions Reply:

    Oh I so agree!
    Sounds like love, well and truly.

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  • http://www.artundone.blogspot.com maria

    ohh i loved this- what a fun feature, now to go follow her on twitter!

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  • Lisa

    Curb Your Enthusiasm was the best show ever made. Larry David is excellent comic relief

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  • http://www.thatbookyoulike.wordpress.com Mandi J

    I’ve got one of Joi’s Oodlies, ‘Josie and the Electric Cats’ on my lounge-room wall, and I just love it. Makes me smile every time I look at it. I now have a regular giggle following both Joi and Josie on Twitter.

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    Sarah Wilson

    Sarah WilsonSarah Wilson Reply:

    me too!

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  • Mia

    That’s adorable. :) Aaaaaaaaaaah she has Converse Allstar Oodlies!! That’s so freakin’ cute. Great idea for a post series, cant wait for the next ones!!

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  • http://www.adamcordner.com Adam Cordner

    Agreed, Joi’s tweets are left-of-center but I’m a bit central-to-the-left so I get em (sometimes).

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    Sarah Wilson

    Sarah WilsonSarah Wilson Reply:

    pretty much sums you up!

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  • Paul

    Lovely idea for an occasional series, Joi seems amazingly creative & talented. However I think we must start off the series with an Oodle of Sarah!

    (Or is the kill Groundhog day you?)

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    Sarah Wilson

    Sarah WilsonSarah Wilson Reply:

    I think she’s preparing one…and I’m a little scared. She’s asking me some very odd questions…

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    Paul Reply:

    Oh I’ll bet it will be a hoot! I think every pre-Oodled personal would fear what truths Joi might uncover!

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    Sarah Wilson

    Sarah WilsonSarah Wilson Reply:

    precisely!

  • Lisa

    Sarah, I don’t follow twitter but just saw your comment on Scott Rush. I am curious why his particular story breaks your heart. I have heard a few different comments today regarding the outcome of his appeal and have opinions of my own, but yours is the only one which is compassionate in nature. Do you perhaps have siblings of your own around his age?

    Not wanting to debate the topic, just interested in opinions.

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    Sarah Wilson

    Sarah WilsonSarah Wilson Reply:

    Good question. Young men that age are so vulnerable. I have a big soft spot for them in my being. Yes, I have 4 younger brothers around his age (19-35). Young men are so often misunderstood and so often misunderstand the world and themselves. Until they get a wake up call, or are called on to “rise to the occasion” (ie become husbands or fathers). Scott’s an innocent boy who did something dumb. He’s gone through so much deep, dark pain. And he’s alone. The poor, poor boy.

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  • Jenn

    What’s going on with your home page? I can’t quite read the start of this blog.

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    Sarah Wilson

    Sarah WilsonSarah Wilson Reply:

    I’ve got someone working on it…annoying i know!

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    Jenn Reply:

    Good to hear!

    BTW, I have a quick question which has nothing to do with oodles (sorry). I know you have quit sugar and filling up on veggies and anchovies(!), but what about carbs – are bread, pasta etc.. part of your diet? Don’t think I have read about this in previous blogs.

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  • http://eager-beaver.com/ Sara Kinninmont

    Hi Sarah,

    It’s Sara.
    I’ve turned my One Thing into a website.
    http://eager-beaver.com/

    I’m an Eager Beaver and proud of it.
    I’ve chosen to live like I give a damn and hope to reach others that want the same, or don’t even know they want it yet.

    -sara

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  • kk

    My ‘One’ Thing. Randomly thinking of people in relation to odd thoughts. And just so happens they play out to be true. Just today I thought of my friends kid & that he should be tested soon for Celiac disease. And she tells me ‘ahh.. he goes in next week’.
    Another. Waking up and thinking of robbery. Then turns out the neighbors car is stolen.
    I don’t think it’s ‘physic’… just brains working on more levels than we know of. Or willing to accept.

    Just now I was listening on 8tracks (my new fav site… anyone know of it? not sure if im new or late to the party!) … anyway… I digress.
    I heard this song: Unknown Brother by The Black Keys on a track and thought ‘Sarah Wilson would live this’

    How ridiculous! I don’t even know you Sarah. But ahh. There you go. Wonder if it’s true!?

    Happy days
    xx

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