the beginnings of a Blue Moon in that electric blue leather
a photo of the moon with the contrast increased by 70% to emphasize the details
details traced onto drafting film
tried stitching through the drafting film but the result was not good, couldn’t see what I was stitching so I went into town to get some white dressmaker’s carbon which didn’t work at all on suede (should have read the instructions…)
used a pyrography tool to burn the image into the leather
getting to know the surface of the moon
detail of the rough stitching made through the drafting film in contrast to the surface detail made with the pyrography tool
ready to start stitching for real
detail of fine stitching on the edge
this may take quite some time…
the concept was inspired by Judy Martin’s fabulous Ito Moon
I was sort of hoping to loosen up my mark making by scaling up but the marks are as small & detailed as ever…
here’s some sketches
that sea urchin/pod form on the right is simmering on the back burner, thinking  it could be quite large and made out of this blue leather too…
love the thought of a retractable ladder like Rapunzel

we can still call this place home

Posted: May 23, 2017 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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on Friday the landlady and the real estate agent visited for the annual inspection of our beautiful old lady of a house so we tidied up, come in & have a look around
lounge room
studio space
dining room
industrial storage shelves
Kenny the Confuser III (thrice reincarnated iMac)
view from the bedroom window, the Brugmansias and the neighbour’s Jacaranda almost obscure the view of the back door across the lane this has taken 8 & 1/2 years and it’s still framed!
upstairs verandah
the Bougainvillea has nearly disguised our wobbly front fence
Old Man Crow enjoying the back garden
our landlady was very impressed, looks like we’ll be here for a good while yet
thanks for visiting!

Mystic City Talismanic Memory Map by Gabrielle Bates
Artist Statement : At a time of significant change within our cities, can weaving together place-based politics, memory and contemporary Witchcraft reframe the way in which we value our homes and urban environments? Mystic City by Gabrielle Bates creatively investigates how magical rituals and objects associated with Witchcraft might challenge the profit-driven processes of gentrification and urban development.
Bone Broom I by Gabrielle Bates
Bones, twigs collected from Sydney Park trees now destroyed
Bone Broom II by Gabrielle Bates
Home Protection Amulet by Gabrielle Bates
Home Protection Amulet by Gabrielle Bates
all sales of the Home Protection Amulets go toward the legal fees for protesters charged with defending trees in Sydney Park
Talismanic Memory Maps 1-12 by Gabrielle Bates
mixed media including bones, carved timber, bark, twine, coffin nails, twigs, beads, dog fur, dice, seedpods, feathers, sap of destroyed trees, frustration scratches of GenYs who will never own a home, and the anxiety sweat of residents living near WestCONnex construction sites
Gabrielle’s powerful magic at Chrissie Cotter Gallery finishes today
our fragile old lady of a house is in grave danger from the proposed 8 lane WestCONnex tunnel going right under our street, we need all the magic we can muster!

making my feet feel happy

Posted: May 18, 2017 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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it’s getting chilly here in the Land Down Under, my best slippers disintegrated last winter after 15 years of good wearing, had looked everywhere for a new pair but couldn’t find anything I liked so decided to have a go at making a pair
back in the late 70’s I made crocheted dancing shoes for friends & was amazed that my hands remembered how to crochet to bind the edge in silver Perle cotton. Nearly threw in the towel when the heels were way too short before adding the heel extensions and binding the edge in electric blue leather
if I do this again I would cut the heels and edging at the same time rather than guessing!
the finished pair, as they wear out I will patch each hole with more of the blue leather
happy feet !
felted grey cardigan, electric blue suede, sole leather, 1.5mm round leather lacing, vintage Klippans grey linen thread, DMC silver cotton Perle no 8,  blue Gütermann upholstery thread
PS design inspired by this pair of slippers  after an epic fail at making a pair of moccasins last weekend
see that little cut on the top left hand edge? there were two cuts to form the heel which were supposed to be in line with the opening… what was I thinking? also discovered that stitching leather with a contrasting thread colour is a job for the experts. I need to mark the stitching holes very precisely when working with leather, I know this from bookbinding but didn’t do it… on top of all that the cat scratched leather was too thin for the job and the whole thing went very wonky
a good lesson learned and made me appreciate all the work involved in making a pair of shoes that fit and look good!

this morning I finished embroidering Grace of Windthread’s beautiful one line poem for the Full Moon
“We are burning Karma and it smells like incense…”
tonight I will stitch grape vine tendrils to the ends of the steel twigs
vintage silk ribbon stitched with indigo and pomegranate dyed silk from Glennis Dolce
inktense coloured pencil with red silk
this morning I edged it with ochre stained hand plied plant fibre string from a Yam Totem Arnhem Land 1976
to honour our beautiful muse Ariel P Cat 1999-2017PS grape vine tendrils inserted into the ends of the steel twigs, wrapped in eelskin, stitched with black linen thread & black glass beads
photo taken with a flash at dawn as the weather is overcast today

Lotus light

Posted: May 7, 2017 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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Lotus light (Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens) Mo17
Lotus light (detail) Mo17

The chicken and the egg Mo17
H 11cm x W 10.5cm
egg shell & chicken leg leather over bookbinder’s board, wishbone, waxed linen thread, vintage glass beads
inside the covers
back cover
outside & inside
this was a lot of fun to make, inspired by the English bookbinder Mark Cockram’s videos about making an eggshell cover back in January and the chicken leg leather was just waiting for the right book for a few years!