Sea-Dreaming-detail-Mo2014‘Sea Dreaming’ by Mo 2014
Sea-Dreaming-Mo2014a talisman for edge walking
L 36cm W 1.3cm
larimar, moss agate, howlite, sea glass, vintage clay beads from Africa & Peru, silk wrapped stainless steel, hand plyed raw linen & hemp cord
Path-of-Heart-detail-Mo-2014‘Path of Heart (handle with care)’ by Mo 2014
Path-of-Heart-Mo-2014a talisman for returning to the heart of the matter
L 41 cm W 11cm
quartz crystal, turquoise, lapis lazuli, agate, red seed, rainbow lorikeet feathers, grape vine tendril, vintage glass “chakra” beads from Africa, vintage ceramic beads from Peru, vintage Silkworm thread, silk wrapped stainless steel, a piece of hand twined ochre dyed string from the String Theory exhibition of Aboriginal fibre artists at the MCA in 2013
Rolling-In-The-Deep-Blue-detail-Mo2014-copy‘Rolling in the Deep (Blue)’ by Mo 2014
Rolling-In-The-Deep-Blue-Mo2014a talisman for the deep blue days
L 29cm W 1.5cm
azurite, lapis lazuli, vintage glass beads from Africa, indigo dyed silk cord & sericin silk fibre
The-Traveller-detail-Mo2014‘The Traveller’ by Mo 2014
The-Traveller-Mo-2014a talisman for good luck in travelling
L 34 cm W 2.2cm
vintage turquoise disc, turquoise & red glass beads, waxed linen and vintage silkworm thread
Bare-Bones-detail-Mo-2014‘The Bare Bones’ by Mo 2014
Bare-Bones-Mo-2014a talisman for stripping back the excess down to the bare bones
L 20cm W 2.5cm
coral, vintage button, shells, bone, wood, glass & pearl beads, hand plyed raw linen string and waxed linen thread
Can't-See-the-Forest-for-the-Trees-detail_Mo2014‘Can’t See the Forest for the Trees’ by Mo 2014
Cant-See-the-Forest-for-the-Trees_Mo2014a talisman for seeking clarity
L 28cm W 3cm
moss agate, grape vine and passionfruit vine tendrils, gum nuts, brass, glass, bone and clay beads from Africa, silk wrapped stainless steel, knotted, plyed & waxed linen threads
(reserved for Bronwyn Berman)
Make-A-Wish-detail-Mo-2014‘Make a Wish’ by Mo 2014
Make-a-Wish-Mo2014a talisman for making a wish
L 24.5cm W 9cm
moss agate, wishbones, passionfruit vine tendrils, amazonite, howlite, clay, bone & glass beads, silk wrapped stainless steel & waxed linen threads, finished with lightning putting cracks in the sky
Crow-Eye-Amulet-detail-Mo2014‘Crow Eye Amulet’ by Mo 2014
Crow-Eye-Amulet-Mo2014an amulet for protection
“Who says art has no function! If it must look in, let it protect it’s own illusion…” quote from my friend Wayne Snowdon 2004
L 42cm W 7cm
glass crow eye and black feather beads flameworked by the glass artist Kathy Dorfer (USA) Dalmatian Jasper, jet, bone & clay beads, grape vine, Silver Sebright bantam feather, eel skin, bat claws, B&W linen threads and cords

for any enquiries about this work please contact Artsite Gallery
The Collector’s Choice exhibition opens Sunday November 30th 3-5pm
Hope to see you there!

Exploring Entropy

Posted: November 22, 2014 by Mo Crow in art exhibitions, It's Crow Time
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Entropy‘Entropy’ by Anthea Boesenberg and Peri Tobias at the Incinerator Art Space
Artists’ Statement: “Entropy is the universal tendency towards disorder. There is a relentless process of decay of all matter, despite human efforts to create order from disorder. We take raw materials and make cars, houses, smart phones. All that we build requires energy and yet everything eventually breaks down, decays, rusts. We harvest materials to reorder them into new forms, only to have them once more fall into decay.”
Both from a printmaking background, Anthea Boesenberg and Peri Tobias find a beauty in this slow cycle from dust to dust, of degeneration and rebirth.
untitled-Anthea-BoesenbergAnthea looks at how surfaces are marked by time, exploiting the effects of rust on paper and felt in a celebration of impermanence & imperfection
Peri-TobiasPeri is working on a doctorate researching the effects on plants of the fungal diseases known as rust. She is working with vast amounts of genetic sequence data taken from plants looking for the small variations in words that signify biological difference. Her images are conceptually based on the sequences and the biology, paying homage to the continual cycle of energy transfer and loss.
Cognate-1-Peri-Tobias‘Cognate 1′ by Peri Tobias
Ink on layered, waxed paper
680-minutes-by-Anthea-Boesenberg‘680 minutes.’ by Anthea Boesenberg
rusted paper, tea, CD cases, safety pins, stitching, found paper
the effect of time is recorded in each of these CD  cases
680-minutes-detail-Anthea-Boesenbergdetails of rust
680-mintes-detail2-Anthea-Boesenbergand stitching680-minutes-detail3-Anthea-Boesenbergembracing the nature of the process of decay, discovering the magic in chaos
Anthea-and-PeriAnthea and Peri are two of those rare and brilliant artists who can build bridges between science and art
IncineratorThe Incinerator by Walter Burley Griffen
Incinerator-landscape open 10am-4pm Wednesday-Sunday
November 19th – December 7th
PS here’s a link to Anthea Boesenberg’s blog a Box of Birds

E-invite-EntropyPeri and Anthea are both brilliant artists who think & care deeply, looking forward to seeing their show on Saturday!

Smoking mirrors

Posted: November 17, 2014 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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smoking-mirror-by-Olga-Cironis-1990woke up from a dream of smoking mirrors …
this cracked mirror was made out of steel and mirrored convex glass by Olga Cironis back in 1990
it lives in the fireplace protecting the hearth of our home
& as a reminder of the way mirrors can distort and reveal our vulnerabilities & projections
The-Cyclists-Rest“The Cyclist’s Rest” a vintage embroidery by an unknown stitcher found in an op shop (aka thrift shop for those in the US) and given to me by a dear friend who knows I love cats, good stories and fine stitching
Is it art? or kitsch? & does the definition matter? it tells a good story quite beautifully
Earlier this week I was passionately defending the word Art with a capital ‘A’ as the way we humans exalt, transform & honour our lives. There is so much fear around the word Art, it is challenged regularly by the academics in the Craft vs Art debate, the boundaries of who can make it (many of the people who are making the most beautiful art these days prefer to call it by some other name) & then there is the whole luck of the draw of who “makes it” in the Art World which can be a bind as well. Recently a very famous commercial artist named Ken Done who made his name with bright colourful paintings of Sydney Harbour back in the ’80’s reportedly dreams of representing Australia in the Venice Biennale, well good on him for wanting to be taken seriously but it may not happen in this lifetime.
& then there is the whole phenomenon of how much art is shared on the internet in the ever growing infinite library, it can be incredibly inspiring, exciting & at times totally overwhelming and yet we just keep making the dreams that want to fall out of our hands and sometimes it may even be called Art!?
PS a bit later and talking of flowers again to make this post a little more palatable
magnolia-painted-red-by-the-sun Mo14Magnolia grandiflora flower painted red by the sun
magnolia-painted-red-by-the-sun-2-Mo-14I have never seen this happen before!
we had a very hot day here on Friday, perhaps the sun amplified the dew when the flower was still in bud
magnolia-painted-red-by-the-sun3-mo-14“earth laughs in flowers” hmmm… had better look up who said that…
it’s by
Ralph Waldo Emerson

room with a view

Posted: November 16, 2014 by Mo Crow in gardening, It's Crow Time

room-with-a-view6 years ago when we moved into this old inner city house, the back garden was the local cat toilet with no trees so we planted some favourites, in the foreground is a Banksia integrifolia, the next one with the big white flowers and dark green foliage is the Magnolia grandiflora “Little Gem” these are both about 4 metres (12 foot) H now. The Apricot  & Pink Brugmansias were planted from cuttings back then & are making a great canopy for the ex indoor plants to recover in. The purple Jacaranda lives two doors up and makes a great bit of borrowed landscape but as you can see all these plants still frame that back door of the place across the lane and therefore frames our bedroom window… still hoping that one day we will have a visual screen but I’m not holding my breath!!
jacaranda-and-brugmansiathe Apricot Brugmansia in contrast with the purple Jacaranda is stunning
brugmansiasthe perfume from the Brugmansias at dawn and dusk is intoxicating!

Magnolia grandiflora

Posted: November 15, 2014 by Mo Crow in gardening, It's Crow Time

Magnolia-grandiflora Mo14Magnolia grandiflora just opening
Magnolia-grandiflora-2 Mo14the scent is magic
Magnolia-grandiflora-3 Mo14have a look at Lou Saxton’s magnificent Magnolia
Magnolia-grandiflora4Magnolia grandiflora 5-Mo14Magnolia grandiflora6-Mo14Magnolia-grandiflora7-Mo14magnolia-grandiflora8-Mo14(Photos of Magnolia grandiflora “Little Gem” by Mo November 14th-17th, 2014)

for the love of horses & dragons

Posted: November 14, 2014 by Mo Crow in friends, It's Crow Time

HorseCarolwebour friend Carol loved horses, we made a little book for Eric and Carol called “The Visitor”, this page was for her
DragonEricweband Eric is the Dragon of Dragonglass
I love Old Man Crow’s economy of line, he drew the doorways and the suggestion of a doorman
NB can’t remember what year this was… we were still living at 271 so it was probably around the turn of the century