Honesty Mo 21

H 14cm x W 10cm x D 1.5cm
L 62cm with handles

vintage Italian glove leather circa 1930’s
hand twined nettle string from Nepal
vintage Silkworm thread
linen thread
rotted silk
glass beads
feathers
stars of vintage parchment (1812)
sea shell

memory keeper, talisman holder, go bag for an iPhone

link to online catalogue

honestly made

Posted: November 7, 2021 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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Honesty Mo 21

H 14cm x W 10cm x D 1.5cm
L 62cm with handles

vintage Italian glove leather circa 1930’s
hand twined nettle string from Nepal
vintage Silkworm thread
linen thread
rotted silk
glass beads
feathers
stars of vintage parchment (1812)
sea shell

memory keeper, talisman holder, go bag for an iPhone

Laurie Anderson’s 4th Norton Lecture: The Road

Posted: November 4, 2021 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time

Laurie Anderson’s 4th Norton Lecture The Road was available for 24 hours which just finished
her 5th Norton Lecture: The City will be available via Zoom on November 10th at 5pm Eastern Standard Time USA

a little more time

Posted: October 27, 2021 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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Old Man Crow’s new Air Pods Pro worked perfectly for the appointment with the oncologist yesterday, the results to see if Rod’s gene markers fit the trial for his specific cancer haven’t come back yet, will know more by next Tuesday. If he’s not a good fit there is another trial for the chemo that has a modified “tail” that they are working on to see if it will help penetrate the cancer cells more effectively. The Chris O’Brien Life House is brilliant, such a light and airy space & so well organized. Whichever way it goes the treatments will begin Friday week on November 5th, it feels good that Rod will be participating in research that has the potential to advance science & give us just a little more time together!

& talking of time, here’s one of the best live recordings ever

Rod took this photo with his iPhone of an echium flower with bees at one of our gardens yesterday morning before the appointment with the oncologist, he’s so good at finding the joy in even the strangest times and still makes me laugh every day!

wild magic

Posted: October 21, 2021 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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Wayne Snowdon artist, poet, philosopher and old friend popped in yesterday with a care package of wild magic that included his Certificate Of Immortality

as we said goodbye there was the blue chook of happiness from our friend Dotti Dauter waiting patiently on the doorstep to come inside with flowers, fresh herbs and a jar of handmade marmalade from her trees

Rod is looking so well he will be around for a good while yet!
Each day as it comes is so full of wild magic. Yesterday at 3am I spotted Apple’s new Air Pods Pro online, read the specs & they are everything Rod needs to be able to hear well for all the appointments coming up with the medical team at the Chris O’Brien Life House one of the best cancer research facilities in Australia. So I ordered a pair & they should arrive on the doorstep by Friday, giving Rod a new toy to play with in plenty of time to have them working perfectly for the next meeting with the oncologist on Tuesday. Have everything x-ed that Rod’s gene markers are a good match for him to participate in a clinical drug trial that targets the specific cancer cells for cholangiocarcinoma. I rang the crystal healer after the first meeting with the oncologist on Monday, her spirit guides were very positive for Rod when she did an hour long session of distance healing for him on Tuesday morning, she has us in her daily prayer basket and we both need it as we are still reeling from the news that Rod’s old compadre in music Chris Clarke passed away on Monday.

Fly Free Beautiful Dreamer
thanks for all the songs and joy gentle man

in the quiet times I am stitching and knotting the Honesty memory keeper/talisman holder/go bag full of prayers for Rod
Thanks for all the good vibes and Love everyone, this is some trip!
Oh and it’s the Full Moon in Aries

Aries by Mo Orkiszewski © 1999 Celestial Times Zodiac Series
when the moon moves into Taurus this afternoon I will plant the seeds that arrived in the post yesterday of Herb Robert aka Geranium robertianum that my friend Pete Webb plant guru extraordinaire described in a recent e-mail “A small geranium that seems to have helped a lot of people. I don’t know if you or any friend has her book about Herbs in Daily Life, but in it there is a lengthy series of deployments by people who have successfully used it against cancer.” 

Honesty

Posted: October 13, 2021 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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Rod just took this photo of Honesty in our garden, we are trying to enjoy every minute of whatever we have of this time together ! He’s back home from hospital, diagnosed with liver cancer, will start the treatments next week, his spirit is strong and he’s looking so well…
The crows were so funny out the front of the hospital yesterday, it was like a pantomine, three of them were making totemic shapes on the architectural features of the grand old sandstone entrance, then flew off playing and swooping all around me, flying up to the top of the the big old gum tree, jumping up and down shaking the ends of the branches with so much wild arrrkkking. They entertained me for a good hour, one of the best plays I’ve ever seen and very reassuring. The magic is always there when we just take the time to slow down and see!

listen to Wild Things © Rod Morgan 2011
illustration by Mo Orkiszewski for The illustrated lyrics of Old Man Crow

Haptic Visuality

Posted: October 11, 2021 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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thinking about the sense of touch and how we see it through the shared light of our computer screens, the term Haptic Visuality has stuck in my mind over the last few weeks since reading Joy Buttress’s thesis “The Metaphorical Value of Lace in Contemporary Art: The Transformative Process of a Practice-Led Inquiry.” I had seen her work in the Love Lace exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum ten years ago
here’s a photo of Joy’s fabulous laser etched and embroidered leather gloves

This is a good distraction as Old Man Crow is in hospital under observation for the next few days getting lots of scans and tests done to see what’s going on in his stomach. He’s been quite unwell for the last 5 weeks, after a strong course of antibiotics for an evil bacteria that didn’t make him feel much better on Friday his doctor took some blood tests and after reading the results said he had better go to the hospital. I am not allowed to visit with the current Covid restrictions so am distracting myself here on the net & stitching Honesty

starting to take shape

with the two sides informing each other

and the Honesty out in the garden is starting to make new pods!

Jude Hill’s post from yesterday inspired this line
‘the holding of pattern, of thread, of the exquisite point in the hard steel of just going, in this going to where we are til we’re gone’
tonight I am just knotting thread… every knot holds a prayer

the Honesty memory keeper/talisman holder/go bag is well under way, yesterday I printed out Honesty XI from the Book of Honesty at A5 then transferred the image to drafting film

at just past the witching hour I pricked out the pattern with a sharp needle

and the reverse

was going to lace the leather into a hoop but it feels so good in the hand it needs to be stitched free

what a difference a day can make!

Honestly

Posted: October 4, 2021 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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In all Honesty I looked hard at what I have done in the last month with these gloves and they are simply not working

time to put them away to incubate in the box of things that need to be reconsidered

I have learned a lot about how gloves are made and am especially impressed with the construction of the thumb but the leather is too beautiful to waste!

this talisman for focus is a good place to recalibrate

& drawing Honesty every day

Rocks : Laurie Anderson’s 3rd Norton Lecture

Posted: September 30, 2021 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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Laurie Anderson’s fabulous video was available to watch for 24 hours, she rocks my soul with her brilliant mind!

you can register for next week’s Lecture 4: The Road
zoom webinar at this link