the cat the tree and the dilly bag

Posted: January 29, 2014 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time

Ariel-2014Ariel enjoys his verandah and the view of the lemon scented gum aka Corymbia citriodora aka Eucalyptus citrodora (the botanical name changes every decade or so)
tree-on-wiresIn the last few weeks the electricity people replaced the power pole two doors down and have been doing lots of digging as well, they removed a small tree on our side of the street which had it’s roots in the underground bits of the lines but gave this tree branch a nice cradle with the wires! It’s a fast growing tree that will reach 30m (100 foot) when mature. We cut off some of the branches that were coming into the verandah about a month ago so they wouldn’t pull off the old and fragile roofing iron in a high wind (our house was built in 1880 so we keep her patched together as best we can & the landlady is happy for us to live here ’til she falls down) It’s a Catch-22 situation, the electricity people say the branch is the local city council’s responsibility & the city council says if it’s touching the wires it’s the electricity people’s responsibility… so it will probably just stay there ’til it comes down in a high wind one year!
dilly-bag-in-processthe dilly bag is moving along in the spaces between the drawings for The Illustrated Lyrics of Old Man Crow
dilly-bag-in-process-2a good girlfriend who is a high school art teacher said, “Y’know it’s not a proper dilly bag Mo” and it’s not really… it’s just my dream of a dilly bag and is turning into whatever it will be… & what the heck I’ve never been proper!
Here’s a link to a real dilly bag and a documentary here 

  1. stitchingweaver says:

    That ironwork is beautiful. Reminds me of New Orleans. Also love that rusty moon

    Sent from my iPad


    • Mo Crow says:

      thanks Linda! that rusty moon is a gift from Patricia Spangler of Following Thread, all i’ve done is a bit of stitching…Old Man Crow & I loved our 24 hours in New Orleans in 1999, what a great city ah the music the rich dense heat in the air the underlying frisson of dark magic and danger… I’ve heard that if you are good in this lifetime you can come back to New Orleans in the next … I’m hoping that’s true!
      NB the other moon is a combination of a linen moon also from Patricia with an overlaid organza moon from Glennis Shibori Girl, the rust and indigo silk is from Arlee Barr

  2. deanna7trees says:

    proper or not, i think it’s grand. love that design on the iron work balcony…creates such a beautiful reflection. no problem with wires in trees in my neighborhood. they are all underground.

    • Mo Crow says:

      thanks Deanna, the stitching is a journey for sure & underground wires would be a very wise move but inner city Sydney is nowhere near getting it together!

  3. It’s lovely, I could lie there with Ariel quite happily. The bag is beautiful, found the idea of a dilly bag entrancing.

  4. Karen says:

    I love your Dilly Bag, it is so beautifully crafted and unique!! I think “proper” can sometimes be an individual taste. What a sweet kitty!! And your home is lovely!!! I enjoy reading about all your gorgeous work, thank you for sharing your creative process!

  5. Martine Bos says:

    Difficult language but the color is more then beautiful………….

    • Mo Crow says:

      treading carefully here, trying to honour the idea of the dilly bag without appropriating the original use and intent of the first people of Australia & re that beautiful colour the thanks goes to all those good artists who dye with indigo and rust who have let me have some of their bounty, Patricia, Glennis & Arlee

  6. margaret johnson says:

    Your little bag is beautiful Mo, as well as unique. Why would you make one like the Native women anyway. Unless you were invited to of course. Wouldn’t that be a treat!!! Ariel is looking gorgeous. I have recently acquired two beautful stray kittens. Tom and Flint (as in skin-flint). I think (?) swaggies used to call their food bags dilly bags too. Marg ox

  7. Eliene says:

    Loving the dilly bag Mo…those moons are so magical…….and your 4 legged boy looks so comfortable, enjoying the view from his shaded spot and just keeping an eye on things.

    • Mo Crow says:

      Thanks Eliene will write more when I get back from work the Old Man Crow is making grumbling sounds!
      A few hours later, Ariel is still looking quite the debonaire cat, x fingers you and Catherine will get to meet him in the not faraway!

  8. Dana says:

    Your bag may not be made with the traditional materials and methods, but it is clearly totemic and meaningful like a dilly bag. It is also beautiful. The shadows of the ironwork on your balcony and on your cat are lovely too. Cats of course are always gorgeous.

  9. Dotti says:

    Of course Mo, you enjoy the process of making , and discovering what the journey has to offer! And I like that in all artmaking the best! As you well know!!!

  10. Patricia says:

    since i don’t really know much about dilly bags, all i can say is it’s beauty full just as it is. right now. and it already holds so much.

  11. Susan C says:

    1880! that sounds lovely and this glimpse of the ironwork is beautiful. Ariel has quite the view. What a happy cat. It’s a very beautiful bag. I can’t help thinking of ocean waves and the foam at the front of them as they head for shore. Sunset colors. : )

  12. Carol says:

    Glorious post, Mo! Ariel is so beautiful siting there in the lacy shadows. Hmm, understand about the tree and the council et al… Never ending saga with them. The dilly bag gets better and better, more mysterious and magical every week. Can’t wait to see it…

  13. margaret johnson says:

    Hey Mo, loved watching the piece on Lorraine C-N. It’s just fantastic how Art evolves. Have always had a love of rusty metals, and chicken wire is so versatile. And if you can have the Artist’s version of the dilly bag made of wire, why can’t you have one made of cloth! I’m sure you’ll have a blast at the New Weave exhibition. Also love your addition of the myrhh beads. The colours you have used are lovely. Reminds me both of sky and ocean. Marg, ox

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