A Talisman of Love for our beautiful broken world by Nanette Gilbert
hand felted, embroidered and beaded with a shisha mirror for protection
1.5cm W
Aboriginal symbol for meeting place embroidered on the back
inside are Nanette’s words written on elephant dung paper & bound with a fine purple thread
Nanette and I had a good yarn yesterday over a cup of tea
so special to get to meet in real life!
namaste

Old Man Crow came home last night from the pub with a T-shirt his mate Badger had printed of his face on the Mona Lisa, low brow art at it’s best!
Talking of art, visited Obsessed: Compelled to Make
photo by Jules Boag of Lorraine Connelley-Northey weaving with barbed wire
from the ADC website
at the Australian Design Centre to listen to Louise Weaver and Kath Inglis talk about their work and process (sadly Lorraine Connelley-Northey couldn’t be there). The show is a different way of looking at craft as art with key works from each artist displayed alongside videos with headphones which I found oddly disturbing in the gallery context as it distanced me from the work rather than engaging directly although I enjoyed watching each of the videos at home before I went into the show. The ground is shifting in the arts, the need for working with our hands and engaging with art is more important than ever…
On the way home I popped into Stanley Street Gallery
loved Shaun Hayes whimsical stoneware
& Artsite Gallery’s Sydney Printmaking 2018
a brilliant show, if you’re near town don’t miss it !
Reaching for the Stars is getting there, will be finished by March!

Love always finds the way

Posted: February 6, 2018 by Mo Crow in good books, It's Crow Time
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This is the most harrowing tale of two brave young women looking after orphans in Cambodia back in 1975 just before the fall of Phnom Penh to the Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot
love truly is the answer!
here’s some links to reviews of their book
40 years after reunion
Vancouver Sun book review
namaste

this  bundle of wonderfully wild dyed cloth from Deb Lacativa arrived on the doorstep!
Deb has the best sense of colour and even more so in real life
Michelle in NYC sent her beautiful rendering of a pomegranate with company

Reaching for the Stars will be finished by March so I can devote a year to The Gathering
the big news is my stitching has suddenly made a gigantic epiphany like breakthrough, after watching Jude Hill of Spirit Cloth quilting by lamplight on Sunday I changed the way I hold the needle & haven’t put the eye of the needle through my fingertip for days & days… it’s true, Jude is such a treasure, I have learned so much about cloth, stitch, art, life, the universe and everything since I first joined her circle in 2011!
namaste

fabulous indigo dyed Moons & thread by Glennis Dolce Shibori Girl
to celebrate this Blue Full Moon Eclipse on a cloudy night here in Sydney
here’s links to  some more indigo dyed Moons from Glennis gathered over the years
Dark Moon Memory Keeper 2014
The Blue Moon Talinsitic Dilly Bag (aka everything I know about the moon and the sea) 2014
The Talinistic 2013
Hopeful Lunacy 2012
front cover of the Lunar Almanac by Rosemary Ellen Guiley 1991
I wrote to the author a few years back re the provenance of this image but she didn’t know anything about it as the UK publishers put their own cover together but I did find this related image on the net
the influence of the moon on women's minds

Barry Smith sent all 8 of his Talismans of Love for our Beautiful Broken World!
a few weeks ago Barry wrote about making these talismans over on his blog and they blew me away, now that they have arrived I am even more blown away in real life! Old Man Crow reckons the one with the beads embedded is like finding a treasure in an archaeological dig, like a future foretold fulfilling the dream – Love Is The Answer!
and talking of good magic
we went to Barangaroo Reserve to participate in the 4000 Fish project for Australia’s Invasion Day
to symbolically return 4000 fish to Sydney Harbour
“For the artwork, Emily McDaniel brought together the talents of four Indigenous artists who created visual, audio and sculptural elements responding to the story of the fisherwomen. 
Visitors to the site at Nawi Cove have been invited to scoop water from the harbour and create fish-shaped ice sculptures using cast moulds.
Once frozen, the ice fish are then placed on a large canoe moored at the end of a pontoon.
The warmth of a flame and the setting sun melts them, symbolising their return to the waters of Warrane (Sydney Harbour).”
carrying the cast fish back to the canoe
a way of giving back
a beautiful ceremony of healing for our beautiful broken world
deep magic is afoot
on so many levels

Tina Zaffiro’s Talisman of Love for our Beautiful Broken World
and a crow eye glasses case she made just for me!
(((Tina))) you are a treasure
namaste