Glen Skien’s Mytho-Poetic Crow is the silent guardian at the window
the Mr Lincoln roses are nearly ready
this piece of iron called out from the park to come home & act as the mordant in the rose brew
channeling Morticia Addams in the old 60′s TV show The Addams Family I cut the heads off all the red roses
isn’t this a wonderful 21st C world!
then filled the pages of the rose book with petals, stamens, sepals and leaves
bound the book & paper bundles with rose stems, silk, flax & nettle string and wrapped the iron mordant with paper interfacing and linen thread
(NB this bit is totally intuitive I have no idea what I am doing ( it may well all turn to mush!)
just having a go after seeing India Flint’s wonderful rose book a couple of years ago!)
in the pot ready to add lukewarm water
and here’s what the pot looked like after being heated gently for 1 & 1/2 hours
the bundles are held down by a heavy glass mortar Eric of Dragonglass blew for me about 25 years ago
now it’s time to let it cool down overnight and have a look in the morning!
Tags: inspiration, works on paper
Glen Skien’s Mytho-Poetic Crow is the silent guardian at the window
Tags: bookbinding, inspiration, Jenny Orchard
Here’s our lounge room this morning, in the foreground you can see some Madonna Lilies & a Kentia palm ready to go out and work for our Happy Triffid indoor plant hire service but just behind them is a bunch of sweetly perfumed pink roses, the Mermaid’s Pet by the fabulous ceramicist Jenny Orchard and a bunch of aged champagne coloured roses which have no perfume but I love the colour, they look like an old sepia photograph!
The roses are my birthday treat from Old Man Crow, left home this morning at 4:30am and walked to the train station by starlight, arrived at the Sydney Flower Market at 5:15 dodging forklifts and trucks to get to the flower shed and what a buzzing scene it is! Nearly a hundred flower growers and importers supply all the Sydney florists every day from 5-8am, there are so many flowers, it’s a riot of colour and people all haggling, didn’t take my camera but will next time!
Here’s some pics of the 5 bunches of roses and the bunch of blue water lilies I scored for under $40 all up… I will never ever go to a florist again & guess what everyone else is getting for their birthdays this year? am still buzzing hours later and the scents are simply divine!
a closer look at those roses and the Mermaid’s Pet
a pretty posy of scentless roses reflected in the bathroom mirror
talking to a friend who is a florist, the story is the roses breeders have sacrificed scent for longevity, these new hybrids can last in a vase for 10 days… but really what is the point of a rose without the scent? It’s like taking away it’s soul, the essence of roseness….
and here they are, the darkly scented deep red Mr Lincoln roses still tightly held in their buds along with a big bunch of blue water lilies
when I lived in the bush in the early 80′s these water lilies grew wild in the dam, I would gather them every morning at dawn…
the perfume is divine
a Mr Lincoln petal torn to test the perfume, this will work!
here’s the little rose book I made on the weekend from the offcuts of the text block for Crow Book 3
It’s an oriental side stitch binding, the cover is thick Moulin de Larroque handmade watercolour paper with a scan of an old rose drawing I did for Old Man Crow back in 1996 reduced to size, incised with a scalpel blade, carved with a graver and burned with a pyrography tool. I will simmer this little book in a big pot of Mr Lincoln rose petals with some of the petals, leaves and stems interleaved and see what happens!
India Flint made a beautiful little rose book a few years ago and I have been wanting to have a go ever since, now’s my chance! Some of the text block for the new Crow Book will be immersed in the rose pot as well to give Old Man Crow a little time out to sniff the roses every time he opens it to write the next song!
Tags: bookbinding, thread, works on paper
Old Man Crow asked if his “smoking man” drawing could go on the back of his new Crow Book (no 3)
so I stitched it into the finest whisper of silk organza with 3 strands of my hair & some black thread over soluble stabiliser
here it is with the stabilizer rinsed out and damp stretched
a bit wobbly but a good test and looks good pinned to the curtain next to The Talinistic
It gave me the courage to print out the drawing to scale, lay it squared & centred onto the back of the leather cover & incise the lines of the drawing into the surface of the leather with a fine scalpel blade. Opened the lines a little with the eye end of a needle then backstitched and couched into the cut lines with black linen thread, white & red silk and a piece of Jude Hill‘s black and white magic thread for the cigarette
& hooray it worked, Old Man Crow is rapt, the crow eye amulet is leading the way!
Tags: feathers, talismans
“The Miraculous Goat’s Eye Bead Amulet”
(that became a Crow’s Eye Bead Amulet and therefore even more magical )
by Mo Crow (aka Orkiszewski) 2014
inspired by this wonderful quote
” In Madasgascar, large white “goat’s eye” beads can miraculously bring the wearer things that do not actually exist,
and so are deemed particularly magical.”
from page 101 of “Amulets : a world of secret powers, charms and magic” by Sheila Paine
Thames & Hudson 2004
PS after Di pointed out that this is not a Goat’s Eye bead I have changed the name to
“The Miraculous Crow’s Eye Bead Amulet”
which is more relevant to my work
here’s a link to an amazing Australian Raven’s eye photo by Graeme Chapman
Tags: bookbinding, works on paper
Snail Journal (for Richard) by Mo Orkiszewski 2014
4 & 1/2 inches (11.5 cm) H x 6 & 1/2 inches (16.5 cm) W x 1 & 1/4 inches (3.25 cm) D
old cat scratched leather, vintage Silkworm thread, lined with handmade spiral paper from Thailand, cartridge text block with hand deckled and painted edges
front flap with closure detail
distressed edge hand deckled & painted with layers of sepia ink, “Bark” Derwent Intense water soluble ink pencil, burnt umber & yellow oxide acrylic mixed with Matisse water based antiqueing medium & golden Titanium White fluid acrylic
getting the edges “right” took about 10 hours but it worked!
dedication to my good friend Richard who has taught me so much about seeing in the last 7 years
detail of stitching inside of front flap (above) and outside (below)
the amazing Vintage silkworm thread and no 7 crewel embroidery needles
thanks to Margaret Johnson for giving me these “proper” needles and introducing me to this magic thread !
Tags: art, inspiration
Tags: crows, illustration
“Operator” by Mo Crow (aka Orkiszewski) 2014
you can see the llustrations for “The Lyrics of Old Man Crow” to date here
and listen to the songs here
Old Man Crow is still working on the recording for this one