looking for logic

Posted: August 6, 2015 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time, Lace
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the-logiclooking for the logic in an emu feather
seeing how the barbs are modified to the barest bones in the feathers of this flightless bird
emu-feather-logic emu feathers are lively and resist being stitched down
emu-feather-variationseven the damaged feathers have a distinct grace and character
tendrilsand looking at the way a grape vine tendril spirals
this is an ongoing exploration of looking at patterns of lace in nature you can see more of the Key Book going widdershins  here, here, here & here

“You fight with dreams as with formless and meaningless life, seeking a pattern, a route that must surely be there, as when you begin to read a book and you don’t yet know in which direction it will carry you. What you would like is the opening of an abstract and absolute space and time in which you could move, following an exact, taut trajectory; but when you seem to be succeeding, you realize you are motionless, blocked, forced to repeat everything from the beginning.”
– Italo Calvino
If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler
via Whiskey River

this was one of the most difficult books I have ever read, after years of starting and then throwing it against the wall in total frustration I finally got to the last page last year, it’s a brilliant search for meaning in what can often seem to be a confusing and meaningless world

  1. Lovely Mo. I had forgotten how poetic Calvino is in this book. Leant my copy out years ago and never got it back, which seemed appropriate somehow that the story went wandering.

  2. handstories says:

    I feel I’ve come to a dreamland in this & your last post…where the date is tomorrow, the season is months away, and feathers of creatures I’ve only read about seem to breath and dance on their own.

  3. Christina says:

    Such a lovely sense of exploring and movement in your drawings of the feathers and the vine. Also they give me a feeling for what is underneath and beyond the form of things.

  4. dinahmow says:

    I like emu feathers.Years ago, I did have a couple (from Currumbin), but, as happens to most feathers, they were eaten by moth larvae! Incidentally, if you want to keep silverfish, moths from your wardrobe you could try putting some feathers in a cardboard box.

  5. I love your explorations of lace in nature, Mo. The intricacy and delicacy of these forms is amazing, and your drawings are beautiful.

  6. fiona says:

    How whimsical and delightful Mo – the feathers seem to wriggle and wiggle and dance away – and the stitches to hold them are so delicate and are all that is needed…

  7. Liz says:

    Looking closer … seeing more … making small things larger than life and in so doing, honoring their purpose.

    • Mo Crow says:

      looking forward to working on the back and seeing where the abstraction of the asemic stitching leads but first I want to look at some patterns in coral and sponge

  8. Carol says:

    Key Book becomes more and more intricate and beautiful. Emu feathers are so primitive and mysterious. Your drawings of the tendrils are lovely, I was inspired to go out and rescue some so I can admire them close up but I don’t think I could ever draw them with your skill. A beautiful post, Mo!

    • Mo Crow says:

      Carol, I feel like this exploration is on the brink of a breakthrough but am not there yet… needs to be looked at a bit aslant, out of the corner of the eye… here’s another great quote via Whiskey River
      “Have you noticed how often it happens that a really good idea – the kind of idea that looks, as it approaches, like the explanation for everything about everything – tends to hover near at hand when you are thinking hard about something quite different? There you are, halfway into a taxi, thinking about the condition of the cartilage in the right knee joint, and suddenly, with a whirring sound, in flies a new notion looking for a place to light. You’d better be sure you have a few bare spots, denuded of anything like thought, ready for its perching, or it will fly away into the dark.”
      – Lewis Thomas
      The Youngest Science

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