Wild Things

Posted: August 26, 2014 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time, music
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Wild-Things-Mo-2014“Wild Things” illustration by Mo 2014
This is song no 36 & the recording is nearly finished
You can see the illustrations so far here & listen to the songs here

ATASDA Future…Past

Posted: August 25, 2014 by Mo Crow in art exhibitions, It's Crow Time

ATASDA-future...pastTomorrow is the last day of the ATASDA NSW biennial members show “Future…Past”
the work is outstanding this year, if you are in town don’t miss out!
The Palm House RBGit’s a feast for the eyes
a-treasure-trovesuch a treasure trove of well wrought work
Val-JamesVal James made this exquisite evening jacket and here’s a detail of her hanging panel
detail-Val-James“Through a Glass Darkly” by Val James
detail of hanging panel 65 x 148cm
“My artwork is a hanging panel using a selection of sheer monochromatic fabrics. It consists of various sized sections pieced together with free machine embroidery.
Some pieces have been printed with lettering, some with images, with a theme of times past in my life. People and places, daily and otherwise, are documented in a visually representative way, in no particular order. It is a memoir in fabric, my favourite medium of expression.
This exhibition is celebrating a memorable 40th anniversary for ATASDA. I too will celebrate a personal milestone in my life with the occasion of my 80th birthday this year, an appropriate moment to reflect on times past.”
Faded-by-Jane-Badnaruk“Faded” by Jane Bodnaruk
60 x 90cm
Vintage cloth, hand and machine stitched
Faded-detail-by-Jane-Badnarukdetail of “Faded”
“As a child I loved to visit my grandmother. I drank milk, ate pikelets and rearranged doileys all over her house.
At the time I loved them because they were pretty.
Now, when I look at old doileys,  I see the time and care taken in their making.
I see how they were used to add “special” to a dressing table, to a platter or even to an event.
In making “Faded” I have created a cloth embedded with memories of the women of the past.
By using laborious hand stitching techniques I have spent time honouring their work and memories.
This is a piece to hang on the wall, to treasure and remember as we move into the future.”
The-Dressmaker-Series-by-Gloria-Muddle“The Dressmakers Series – Alterations” by Gloria Muddle
53 x 53cm
Silk, muslin, wool fabric, threads, watercolour, painted stitched, dyed, appliqued
“At 90, my mum, “the dressmaker” was still doing alterations for friends. As a traditionally trained dressmaker, she taught us about hand stitched hems, no loose threads, neat and tidy seams, and words such as gusset, ruching, pintucks and pinking shears. These were all part of our growing up.
In this contemporary work, I have tried to include some of these dressmaking memories. “
Making-do-with-a-Duchess-by-Lynne-Britten“Making do with a Duchess” by Lynne Britten
1.1 x 0.5m wearable
“I come from a long line of women on both sides of my family who excelled in the lady like accomplishments of knitting, sewing, hand embroidery etc. I was taught these skills at an early age, and so started my career in textiles. These women mostly grew up, married and raised their own families within farming communities – so making do with what you had and then re-using it as the need arose was part of everyday life. Knitting needles made from fencing wire, the unworn parts of chenille bedspreads became bath mats & hand-me-downs re-invented with a touch of lace or similar.
Recycling, up cycling, re-purposing, etc was not done out of concern for the environment but out of economic necessity.
My pieces are made from a table cloth, duchess set and tatted doilies – no longer suited to our way of life and so given a new purpose with some dressmaking and dyeing skills.”
Stairs-to-the-Moon by Shirley McKernan“Stairs to the Moon” by Shirley McKernan
108 x 37cm
Silk, indigo dye, mokume stitch
“The Full Moon rises over the exposed mudflats of Roebuck Bay (Broome WA )
between March and October each year creating an illusion of a staircase reaching for the moon.”
the brilliantly hung collaborative ATASDA members panel
Here’s some links to
ATASDA NSW blog – Fibretribe
Jane Bodnaruk’s Epock Textile blog
Kirry Toose Designs
Denise Lithgow
Leaves - stitched eco dyed paper by Jane Badnaruk“Leaves 1″ by Jane Bodnaruk
embroidered eco print and ink on paper, fragments of old lace

coming down

Posted: August 24, 2014 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time

ceiling-water-damage August 14I came home to a very wet & rainy Sydney last week & yikes!
the ceiling finally gave way in the corner above my workbench
ceiling-damage August 14sent these photos to the real estate agent and a handyman will come out soon to quote on repairs but there is no easy fix…  there is rising and falling damp in that corner of the house. I hired a big ladder back in January to seal up the worst of the cracks in the outside wall and this has helped a bit with the indoor waterfall effect but our days here are numbered… our beautiful old lady of a house is in need of a cashed up new owner to renovate & bring her back to her full glory.
… I really don’t want to move just yet so x fingers we can eeek out the time here for two more years til September 2016 and the launch of “The illustrated Lyrics of Old Man Crow”!!!!
the good news is the sun came out yesterday and the world feels ever so much brighter, feeling like I can settle back to the drawing board and finish “Wild Things”


Mom’s 85th birthday pic!

Posted: August 20, 2014 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time


Mom on her 85th birthday
L to R front row
Mike (air traffic control with the FAA age 57), Mom, Ralph (microbiologist age 55)
L to R back row
Charlie (aeronautical engineer age 56), Paul (musician librarian age 51), Mo (artist gardener age 59)

a pocket for carrying the moon

Posted: August 19, 2014 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time

a-pocket-for-the-moon-with-feather-and-shellsJude Hill of Spirit Cloth wove this indigo moon cloth which turned into a pocket for carrying the moon with a bit of stitching & beading on the plane and on the verandah at the beach with some special shells and a flight feather from a brown pelican
shell-detailthis shell fit perfectly with the white rings Jude had resist dyed into the cloth
beading-detailbead and fringe detail
black-barnacle-moon-shellthis fragment of black barnacle looked like a moon so I knotted it onto a piece of rose petal dyed hemp string
black-barnacle-moon-Mo-14The Black Barnacle Moon by Mo 2014full-moon-mama Mo 2014

Beach Rules Relax Enjoy

Posted: August 19, 2014 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time

beach-rulesthis was the sign next to the door onto the verandah
beach-umbrellasso a lot of time was spent in these deck chairs doing just that!
the-birthday-ukelelemy brother Ralph gave Mom a ukelele for her 85th birthday
collecting-shellseveryone added to the shell collection each day
shellssuch different shells to the ones we find here in Sydney
magic-sand-dollarThe Magic Sand Dollar
we all selected our favourite shells on the last day to take home as mementos
and gave the rest back one by one in thanks to the sea
hoping everyone else caught better photos of the delicious birthday pies and the many spontaneous bursts of chicken dancing, we all played nicely and had a lot of fun!


Posted: August 19, 2014 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time

gazebo at Ocean Isle the doorway into summer
pier-at-dawnfishing pier at dawn
dawnhorseshoe-crabhorseshoe crab
beachwill write more soon!