The Year of the Owl

Posted: July 28, 2014 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time, magic

owlsall of these owls have been given to me in the last few months
back in 1985, I found two abandoned boobook owl eggs in a nest inside an old hollow tree that had been cut down for firewood. I put the eggs under one of the pigeons in the pigeon house and after two sittings could hear peeps emanating so I carefully helped the little owl out of its egg with some warm water to soften the shell, he was a piece of white fluff the size of a 20 cent piece (US quarter) in my hand!
owlie-1985So I became an owl mother, living a nocturnal life feeding the little “Owlie” chopped up bugs, frogs and mice the local children supplied for 3 weeks. He was feathering up nicely and hopping about, stretching his wings, getting ready to fly with dreams of hunting with him in the moonlight! A friend suggested he needed to eat meat & bones so I went to the local butcher for some ground beef & bones which he ate greedily but sadly died the next day from indigestion.
Vale Owlie…
Mo owlfeatherthe last Owl Feather
owl-rockthe owl rock in the garden

PS Oh! and talking of Owls have a look at Lou Saxton’s “Snowy Owls after Lear” in process

lighter than air leaning into the light

Posted: July 26, 2014 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time, Lace
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leaning-into-the-light-Mo-2014“lighter than air leaning into the light” Mo 2014
“whisper”silk organza from Beautiful Silks stitched with silk & linen thread
leaning-into-the-light-detail-Mo-2014I started this piece back in 2013 but didn’t know what it was until my friend Richard visited yesterday. I was showing him Sea Dreaming, Path of Heart (handle with care) and the Talinistic Crow Eye Amulet when he suggested that this one is a neckpiece too
black-and-white-continued-2014he named it “Lighter than air”… the “leaning into the light” happened this morning as I finished it off remembering these words from Barry Lopez

“How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one is fully aware of the blood, the horror inherent in life, when one finds darkness not only in one’s culture but within oneself? If there is a stage at which an individual life becomes truly adult, it must be when one grasps the irony in its unfolding and accepts responsibility for a life lived in the midst of such paradox. One must live in the middle of contradiction, because if all contradiction were eliminated at once life would collapse. There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions. You continue to live them out, making your life a worthy expression of leaning into the light.”
 – Barry Lopez, “Arctic Dreams”

The Talinisitic Crow Eye Amulet

Posted: July 25, 2014 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time, magic

Talinisitic-Crow-Eye-Amulet-Mo-2014The Talinisitic Crow Eye Amulet by Mo 2014
it’s been a wild week so two bat claws have been added to the Crow Eye Amulet  Mk 4
as my good friend Wayne Snowdon said 10 years ago,
“Ahhh…carving….I  fully appreciate directing ones art towards the talinistic, who says art has no function! if it must look in, let it protect it’s own illusion…”
& a bit later that day
“hey I figured out where I got “talinistic”from…it was a cross between talisman and talon, with an “istic” thrown on the we know”…W

A Barrel of Fun

Posted: July 21, 2014 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time, knots and nests, weave

A-Barrel-of-Fun-by-Mo-2014“A Barrel of Fun” by Mo &  Old Man Crow 2014
a section of black bamboo, grape vine tendrils wrapped with silk/steel thread, rose dyed linen thread
A-Barrel-of-Fun-Mo-2014this one makes me laugh!
A-Barrel-of-Fun-from-above-Mo-2014Old Man Crow kindly cut the bamboo with the jigsaw and came up with the name


The Path of Heart (handle with care)

Posted: July 19, 2014 by Mo Crow in knots and nests
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path-of-heart detail Mo 2014The Path of Heart (handle with care) by Mo 2014
hand twined ochre dyed string, rainbow lorikeet feathers, grape vine tendril, vintage glass “chakra” beads from Africa, a few very old ceramic beads from Peru, quartz crystal, turquoise, lapis lazuli, agate, red seed, vintage Silkworm Thread, silk wrapped steel
path-of-heart-Mo-2014detail of feathers and beads
I have had that old Joni Mitchell song “Hejira” from 1976 running on repeat in the memory banks for the last few days
This one feels like a returning to myself, to that young wild thing with the big dreams living out in the bush making feather and shell earrings by 12 candlelight…

Crow Eye Amulet Mk 4

Posted: July 16, 2014 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time, knots and nests
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Crow-Eye-Amulet-detail-Mo-2014The Crow Eye Amulet by Mo 2014
glass crow eye and black feather beads by Kathy Dorfer
Dalmatian Jasper, jet, bone & clay beads, grape vine tendril, Silver Sebright chicken feather, eel skin, cobbled together with various B&W threads and cords
Crow-Eye-Amulet--detail-2-Mo-2014adding the eel skin in the final hour surprised me!
Crow-Eye-Amulet-Mo-2014This is the fourth Crow Eye Amulet made this year
The Miraculous Goat’s Eye Amulet that became a Crow’s Eye
Crow Eye Talisman for the Solstice
The Ghost Fish Memory Keeper
and  there is also
The Eye for Seeing in the Dark of the Moon

Shadows at Barometer Gallery

Posted: July 16, 2014 by Mo Crow in art exhibitions
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ShadowsIf you are in Sydney don’t miss the “Shadows” textile exhibition at Barometer Gallery in Paddington
Shadows-Liz-Gemmellshibori robe by Liz Gemmell in the foreground
Liz-Gemmell-ShadowsLiz Gemmell and her beautiful knitted silk noile and machine stitched lace jacket
Liz-Gemmell-Lacethe cobweb knitted silk is laid out on soluble material then the grid is machine stiched with silk thread
Liz-Gemmell-lace-detailthe hand of the lace is beautifully soft, delicate yet strong
Beth Hatton’s “9 thong lines” are meticulously woven with  grassy weeds, cordyline and linen thread
Beth-Hatton-4 Beth-Hatton-1 Beth-Hatton-2 Beth-Hatton-3You can read more about Beth’s sensitve and inspiring work on her website
Beth was named a Living Treasure Master of Australian Craft 2008-2010
Baseline: Remnant Grasslands Weereewa / Lake George
more photos
There is also some wonderful digital prints on large cloth and discharge dyed pogaji hangings, the show closes this Saturday