how mending becomes lace with time

Posted: December 3, 2016 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time, Lace
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jacket-repair-1-mo16Old Man Crow’s old grey denim jacket needed more mending
jacket-repair-mo16the denim is over 30 years old and getting very thin, perhaps lace developed as an elaborate form of darning
jacket-repair-2-mo16lace as a timeline
jacket-repair-3-mo16the sleeves are getting quite ornate
jacket-repair-5-mo16an ongoing story of love over time
joining hearts and hands around the world with Jude Hill’s Mending Bee

mo-at-artsite-xmas-salon-16“Line Dancing” sold at the opening of Collector’s Choice at Artsite!
artsite-xmas-salon-16Liz van Ekert and Di Holdsworth do-si-do with Katherine Rooney’s “Sun-shower in the Hunter”
madeleine-artsite-xmas-salon-16thank you Madeleine!
the show is open Wed-Sun 11-5
til Dec 18th
lots more photos of the opening here

a gentle prayer by Michael Leunig

Posted: November 25, 2016 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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michael-leunig-a-gentle-prayerA gentle prayer from “When I Talk to You” by Michael Leunig

invitation-collectors-choice-2016-artsite-galleryMadeleine has framed these two beautifully, will take photos on Sunday, see you there!
line-dancing_mo16Line Dancing Mo 16
grape vine tendrils, quail wishbones, glass crow eye beads, vintage dyed ostrich feathers,
black ink, white acrylic paint, black & red threads
39.5cm H x  29cm W
crow-eye-amulet-xi_mo16Crow Eye Amulet XI Mo 16
grape vine tendrils, vintage dyed chicken feathers, bat claw, pentacle button,
glass beads, leather, linen thread, Habu moire yarn, black ink
39.5cm H x  29cm W

A Prayer Full Moon

Posted: November 15, 2016 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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a-prayer-mo-16A Prayer Mo 16
red felt, red silk, red waxed linen, a red button, red glass beads, grape vine tendril painted black, a weathered seed inlaid with red thread, bangalow palm inflorescence, turquoise, wishbone, lichen, emu feather, passionfruit vine tendril, thread

“On the lip of an abyss roaring with dark wind stood a tiny bush that bore an intensely red flower. The bush grew right on the very edge of nothingness, and yet somehow its roots were holding. It had a grip that no wind could disturb; it thrived there, all on its own, this modest little plant, and while the abyss yawned beside it, it went on bravely, doggedly flowering.”

Helen Garner “Notes from a Brief Friendship” 2011 p46 “Everywhere I Look” 2016
full-moonFull Moon

just horsing around

Posted: November 13, 2016 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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mo-and-patti-smith-poster-140 odd years ago Patti Smith blew me away with her version of Gloria
mo-and-patti-smith-poster-2 the music still carries the dream

a prayer in process

Posted: November 11, 2016 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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red-flower-prayer-in-process
I stitched Helen Garner’s dream of the bravely, doggedly flowering bush on to some very thin strong silk then made a red flower with red felt, red silk, red waxed linen, a red button, red glass beads, a grape vine tendril painted black and a weathered seed inlaid with red thread.

“On the lip of an abyss roaring with dark wind stood a tiny bush that bore an intensely red flower. The bush grew right on the very edge of nothingness, and yet somehow its roots were holding. It had a grip that no wind could disturb; it thrived there, all on its own, this modest little plant, and while the abyss yawned beside it, it went on bravely, doggedly flowering.”

Helen Garner “Notes from a Brief Friendship” 2011 p46 “Everywhere I Look” 2016

“Sometimes it seems to me that, in the end, the only thing people have got going for them is imagination. At times of great darkness, everything around us becomes symbolic, poetic, archetypal.
Perhaps this is what dreaming, and art, are for.”

Helen Garner “On Darkness” 2015 p152 “Everywhere I Look” 2016
Helen Garner and Michael Leunig have helped me make some sort of sense of the world over and over since the early 70’s
the-banished-angel-by-michael-leuniga page from Michael  Leunig’s “Wild Figments”
making this small red flowering thing is a form of prayer…
prayer-as-a-wayfinder-mo16seeking beauty in the dark
prayer-in-process-mo16
this weathered seed was washed up on a beach like a refugee …
the roots have let go, the brave red flower is riding the wild winds of these dark times