Remember the Elephants

Posted: July 17, 2015 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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elephant-by-Ivan-Ungar-2013Remember the Elephants
(photo courtesy of Ivan Ungar Africa 2013)
first-sketchhalf a lifetime ago I was given some old ivory and ebony piano keys
beginningI cut two of the ivory keys to make settings for 4 moonstones and 3 star sapphires that have been waiting for me to do something with them for 30 years
ivory-and-stonesivory is such a beautiful material, strong yet so easy to cut and carve
becomingI stitched this piece of whisper silk organza back in 2013
eye-photo-by-Ivan-Ungarprinted out the eye of the elephant from Ivan’s photo and used a scalpel blade to trace the lines onto the leather for the back of the memory keeper
eye-cutand then stitched the detail
elephant-eye-embroideredelephant eyes are a beautiful amber colour, the red here reflects the tears for the continued slaughter of these beautiful beings for their tusks
becoming-a-memery-keeperbecoming a memory keeper to remember the elephants
preparingto hold this ivory for posterity until we humans stop the slaughter and start honouring these mighty beasts
old-ivoryvintage raw ivory, raw ivory bangles, earrings, piano keys & burnt ivory
old-ivory-bound-in-silkold ivory bound in red silk
remember-the-elephants-by-Mo-15the bundle placed inside and stitched closed with red silk thread
closure-detailclosure detail
remember-the-elephants-back-Mo15“Remember the Elephants” by Mo 2015
black leather, vintage ostrich feathers, black and white linen thread, whisper silk organza, jet, glass, bone and clay beads, red silk, old ivory
remember-the-elephants-Mo15I have cried an ocean of tears this week whilst making this journey
here’s some links to articles about the continuing slaughter of elephants for their ivory
http://www.bloodyivory.org/quotes
http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/the-worth-of-an-elephant
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/05/11/elephant-watch
http://education.nationalgeographic.com/media/economics-illicit-ivory-trade/
http://www.npr.org/2014/08/18/338989248/elephant-slaughter-african-slavery-and-americas-pianos
and on a more uplifting note two good people who are making a difference
http://www.nickbrandt.com/
https://biglife.org/
https://gregorycolbert.com/

Comments
  1. dinahmow says:

    Yes, a disgusting trade.But your elephant eye is beautiful.

  2. Poignant and timely. It has been quite a theme this month, school have been creating sculpture s of elephants for a parade. We have recycled paper, plant pot, wire and even a living one of compost in hessian sacks that has herby hair. The kids have focused on how important our nature and world are.

  3. Liz says:

    They are such beautiful creatures … your memory keeper absolutely honors their being

    • Mo Crow says:

      thank you Liz, feeling fragile from the journey and just watched “Echo of the Elephants”, a BBC production with voice over by David Attenbourough & Cynthia Moss recorded over 13 years in Amboseli National Park.

  4. Carol says:

    A very beautiful memory keeper, Mo! Yes, many tears to shed reading your links. How could we do this, and, worse, keep on doing it? ((((elephants))))

  5. fiberels says:

    JUST A-MA-ZING, Mo !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. grace says:

    yes. so much, yes.

  7. deemallon says:

    art as magic – you stitch and carve a prayer for the world, for the elephants, themselves extraordinary keepers of memory… so beautiful Mo. so much love and care in the creation.

  8. A beautiful piece Mo, a wonderful tribute to the many elephants being destroyed by this horrible trade.

    • Mo Crow says:

      I am so shocked to see how much worse the plight of the elephants has become in the last few years, imagine the difference if humanity in all our billions could make the paradigm shift to be kind to our beautiful Gaia…

  9. hertstitch says:

    mo, what a poignant and beautiful tribute – the scotholme elephants provide a joyful and hopeful counterpoint – both are timely reminders

  10. oops – that was really me …… using another identity!

  11. grace says:

    i keep coming back

  12. This made me cry, too, and what you have done here is not only beautiful, but very touching.

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