The Turquoise Talisman by Mo 2014 (scale 3:1)
Turquoise, red glass, waxed linen and vintage silkworm thread
true scale below
Turquoise is my most favorite … better than diamonds … the variation in color keeps the eye moving, and your use of red brings that out all the more
that large round turquoise has been waiting patiently for nearly 30 years for me to get around to making this, the colours are traditional but used red glass beads rather than red coral which is getting so rare these days.
precious piece….Hey, are you gearing up for a show?
hoping to have 9 made for the xmas show at Artsite Gallery, this was no 7 the next one is White bones, beads, shells & string.
This one is truly magical…..gorgeous….I love this one especially.
thanks for the good words Eliene, I love them all but x fingers they will all sell at the xmas show at Artsite to help pay for the printing of The illustrated lyrics of Old Man Crow next year !
Gorgeous, and the colour is just magical! I’m sure everything will sell at the Christmas market – hope I make it there. It will be a great exhibition!
(((Carol))) thanks for the good words, did that wild storm reach your place? & brrrr, it’s so cold here today!
Yes, the storm did reach us but not as badly as at your end of Sydney. Thought we’d get washed away and the garden is battered but it will all be okay. I was thinking of you and your wonderfully leaky house. How did that go? Not too wet I hope?
ah Carol, hmmmm…. our lovely old house leaked in places we had never seen before, the water was coming out of the wrong end of the gutter over the corner like a fire hose! The landlady reckons we have to do the repairs to the roof & gutter because we are paying half the market rent so the next door neighbour’s handyman is coming over on Monday arvo to have a look and do a quote, will get whatever we can get done for under $1500.
very pretty, magical, too — what is the difference between ‘silk thread’ and ‘silkworm thread’?
The “Silkworm” thread is a vintage mercerised machine twist cotton, Margaret Johnson sent up a reel a few years ago in a bundle of treasures then I found a whole box online, it is a brilliant thread to use with a lovely integrity.
so it’s not silk at all? interesting.
… a thing of beauty is a joy forever …
When I saw this work I thought it made a lovely companion piece to the darker blue one, and now there will be a white one too. I hope you will show them all together.
Hi Dana, will try to get a photo of all 9 talismans in a line or do a photomontage if that doesn’t work as they are a bit tricky to photograph! need to write up what each one is invoking & name what each of the stones, bones, claws, feathers and colours are why they are good for calling in &/or protecting.
trying again….. This is such a joyful piece. I do love how you cluster beads & wish we could watch a video of you creating.
Hi Cindy, my friend Richard reckons I must shrink like Alice in Wonderland to work with those tiny beads and stitches hehe! but really it’s “just going” as Jude calls the process, like when you are stitching your booklets, I don’t really know what the materials are doing or where they are going until it’s finished.
Oh, nice! This is wonderful, very tribal-looking, if you know what I mean. I have forgotten all my art vocabulary today, it seems…
working with turquoise feels like holding a piece of the sky
In love Mo!
Do you sell to the netherlands?
Hi Yvette, the talismans will be in the Collector’s Choice exhibition at Artsite Gallery from November 29th to December 7th.
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