looking at lace in nature

Posted: June 6, 2015 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time, Lace
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nature-studies5H graphite & ink sketches of lichen, fungus and smoke through the eye of a needle
_natural-lacepatterns in smoke, lichen & Spanish Moss (not Witches Hair)natural-lace-studies nature’s weaving in phoenix palm sheath
red-thing-continueddon’t think I can do any more to the red tree in the Key Book

  1. margaret johnson says:

    Beautiful Mo. ox

  2. Liz says:

    I am trying to imagine this … how much stitch and embellishment this paper holds … trying to feel the weight and depth of it between my fingertips … and I’m in awe once again

  3. deanna7trees says:

    beautiful addition of that lace on the red tree. love what you are doing here.

    • Mo Crow says:

      trying to find a new way of working with ideas of lace, I have an ambivalent attitude towards so much of the lace that I find in op (thrift) shops and haberdasheries which is just degraded reproductions of the Victorian era patterns

  4. Heather says:

    An amazing project. I think embroidery is like 3-dimensional drawing and you really take that to the next step. A multi-verse.

    • Mo Crow says:

      trying to get to an essence of ideas about lace with this exploration, the 3D nature of stitching down the plant material works best for me so far… working out a way to stitch smoke… I know how to draw it and carve it on glass will see if I can get it to work in stitch

  5. fiberels says:

    These are special pages Mo !!! Lichen does look beatiful ! There
    are small patches on our roof tiles in yellow (or even orangey)
    Ha, love the witch’s hair. that plant is not known here …

    (is it some kind of special paper, that you can stitch through ?)

    • Mo Crow says:

      oops mea culpa it’s not Witches Hair aka Alectoria sarmentosa… it’s Spanish Moss aka Tillandsia usneoides it loves a warm humid climate, the Key Book is a vintage Chinese accordion book I thought it was Japanese but a friend has one he bought for $5 in China back in the early 80’s full of beautiful watercolour landscapes paintings. It looks and feels like rice paper doubled to form the accordion folds & is coping with my mad stitchings quite well (I don’t actually like stitched paper but I seem to be doing some) when it is finished I will wax the most damaged pages to strengthen them

  6. What a stunning addition to the book Mo . . . lovely.

    • Mo Crow says:

      am loving the accordion fold, it’s like playing with one of those old metal slinky toys

      • HA! Yes . . . the plastic ones just aren’t the same are they . . . the noise of the metal added to the magic. I was looking in a box of bits and pieces I had bought when I was living in Asia and found a couple of accordion books . . . one from Thailand and one from Myanmar, they’re nice saa paper so I’ll give some thought to using them. Not urgent though . . .

        • Mo Crow says:

          y’know this paper is so forgiving and strong it may well be saa… the lines in it made me think of rice paper but it would just be in the process

  7. Lace in nature… I like this much better than the man-made kind, and I love what you’ve done with the red tree…

  8. deemallon says:

    It’s all interesting intricate. It’s striking me that among other things you are playing with your personal preferences in a challenging way. You don’t like stitch on paper and yet here it is. You’re not crazy about the red tree and yet there IT is. Maybe part of the books power lies in being willing to play on this edge of like/don’t like.

    • Mo Crow says:

      I tried to write a post about the attraction of anathema & how the repulsion can inspire my work but couldn’t get it into words so maybe this book is doing it for me, thanks for the thoughts Dee

  9. coloremartine says:

    Very special lace. Being surrounded by lace almost dayly i find this very refreshing……..

  10. perlhuhn52 says:

    I love your drawings Mo. And how you develop the stiching on paper. It looks great.
    Thank you for visiting my blog and commenting. Have a good time.

  11. Carol says:

    I love the red tree, Mo. And the concertina structure, which seems perfect for this book. Your explorations are fascinating to follow.

    • Mo Crow says:

      am looking forward to seeing what has abstracted with the stitchings on the back of the pages, I don’t want to peek until I get to the end and can turn it around!

  12. vdbolyard says:

    hey, this is looking so good! really happy with what i’m seeing, and i so wish i could hold and read this one.

  13. Debbie says:

    I love your lace work Mo, especially the fungus,lichen & spanish moss. Have you seen ‘Lace in Translation’ book maybe @ your local library. I just need the welding kit & an oil drum in the garden

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