Bronwyn-pendant-with-a-bit-of-trizz-by-Mo“Slide Pendant” by Bronwyn Berman
with  jet and sterling silver beads, black linen thread and engraving by Mo
Bronwyn-and-Mo collaborationI love Bronwyn’s attention to detail in everything she does
you can see more of her artwork at her websiteonline shop

the key book

Posted: May 18, 2015 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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the-key-book The Key Book by Mo 15
embellishing a vintage Japanese accordion book
key-and-clothLiz Ackert’s rust dyed key cloth
and 60 count hand weave linen, lichen and yellow onion skin dyed
rust-key-coverstitched with red silk, white silk wrapped steel over passionfruit vine tendril, black linen & Silkworm threads, clay beads, hemp string border
Acacia-merinthoporasketch of Zig Zag aka Acacia merinthopora
drawing helps me understand the world
stitched Acacia merinthopera
stitched Acacia merinthopora
stitched Acacia merinthopora detail
a couple of red x-es
red-xand then I spilt the vase of Zig-Zag Acacia into the book… after swearing quite loudly at 2am (hoping I didn’t disturb the neighbours) I dried the book under weights and played around with some roots and lichens stitched to bookbinders mull (RHS below) & had a go at carving the negative space into the paper without enough thought and then tried to heal it with red felt and tiny stab stitches (LHS below)… it’s so strange, perhaps it needs a little lace curtain like a modesty panel
considering-laceas a wise glass artist said at Pilchuck Glass School back in 1989
“the fun is in the process, the outcome is just debris”
working so intently adding snippets of vintage lace to the canopy of the red thing I didn’t even notice the that my fingertips were flinging drops of blood
so I drew around the edges of the blood and have put the key book safely away for a little while

living lace

Posted: May 16, 2015 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time, Lace

zig-zag  Zig-Zag aka Acacia merinthophora
this lichen enjoyed the rain last night
a new home for the orchids made with the lichen covered sticks from the flower markets
and the Tillandsia in the snail shell
Acacia merinthopora stitched into the last page of the Out of the Blue Book
reverse of stitched Acacia above then sketched in 5H graphite
love how the sharp graphite marks the gessoed surface
the Out of the Blue book is full now
You can see more pages here, here and here

say it with flowers

Posted: May 13, 2015 by Mo Crow in friends, It's Crow Time

flowers-Mo-15saying it with flowers today for a friends birthday
and these wonderful lichens are mine!
lichensfrom the flower markets at 5am to score the good dealsflower-market

The Touch Stone

Posted: May 10, 2015 by Mo Crow in art exhibitions, It's Crow Time

touch stone-Mo-15The Touch Stone by Mo 2015
river stone, glove leather, vintage velvet, black linen and red silk threads, feather, clay and glass beads
9cm H x 7cm W touch stone by-Mo-15made in response to seeing Dominic Wilcox’s 24ct gold leafed skimming stones
in the V&A’s exhibition of “What is Luxury”?


Posted: May 8, 2015 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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Home Talisman by Mo 15
we just received a letter from the real estate agent saying a builder and a gardener would be coming around to give the owner some quotes… can understand about  asking the builder in as there are some structural problems that need to be addressed… but a gardener? that’s what we do for a living!!!
x fingers we will get to stay here in our beautiful old lady of a house for a good while yet…

Toad Moon

Posted: May 3, 2015 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time, knots and nests, Lace
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Toad-Moon-by-Mo-15Toad Moon by Mo 15
cane toad skin, passionfruit vine tendrils, flax cord, cotton perle &  silk thread, antique lace, carved wood button, emu feathers, pearl, clay & glass beads
Toad-Moon-innards-Mo15innards are coiled flax stitched with cotton perle, edged with hand twined silk rags and passionfruit tendrils
Toad-Moon-antique-lace-and-pearl-bead-detailantique lace over tea dyed cotton scrim and silk hankie quilted through the leather
Toad-Moon-lipsa wry smile showing the pearly teeth
I love the synchronicity of Patricia Spangler’s post about Toadshade aka Trillium Luteum over in Asheville, North Carolina
her baskowl was a big influence on making this piece!