breaking through

Posted: August 9, 2015 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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key-book-back-Mo15The Key Book (back cover) Mo 15
(H 12 cm W 9.5 cm )
Yesterday I was feeling that a breakthrough was imminent for resolving this book and taking the metaphor literally, cut through the back cover to inlay this old brass keyhole
key-book-front Mo15The Key Book (front cover) with rust dyed key cloth from Liz Ackert and that’s her extraordinary 60 count hand woven linen in the next pic
face1 face2 face3 face4 face5 face6and here’s the reverse
reverse1 reverse2 reverse3 reverse4 reverse5 reverse6so now I have the key what was the question… ?
you can see the pages in more detail here, here, here, here, here & here

PS the explorations in this little book have me thinking once again about light and layers and engraving glass
and how lace relates to glass…
listen to this interview with Tony Hanning a master of drawing the light in glass
“to see the things we remember never having seen”
Tony gave me the best lesson ever in seeing
Back in 1989 I was engraving the detail in the dragonfly wings on one of his cameo carved vases as the professional practice component in my last year at art school and he said, “these are not dragonfly wings with all these arabesques & curlicues, go home find a dragonfly, look at it’s wings and then come back and get back to work. I did and in that moment learned to truly see….

Comments
  1. arlee says:

    Extraordinary *you*

  2. coloremartine says:

    I love your key book so much…………….

    • Mo Crow says:

      thanks Martine, so do I & this one reminded me that books are my life long passion, the space between the covers provides a quiet place of retreat, a private world to explore, a gallery I can hold in my hands and carry with me, full of wonder, fresh perspectives & inspiration.

  3. Liz says:

    Taking the time to look and truly see … what a wonderful lesson to pass on.

  4. Carol says:

    Perfect back cover, Mo, and how wonderfully it is coming together. This book is inspirational in its scope and I’m finding the back of the pages are very interesting. ((((Mo))))

  5. handstories says:

    your book is a wonderful slice of studying. love that beautiful keyhole. seeing the front and back of each page has me wondering about what’s in between them.

  6. ravenandsparrow says:

    Eureka! Breaking through literally and metaphorically.
    Learning to see is such an expansive experience.

  7. dotti says:

    good work girlfriend; symbols lead to connections of the questions that we ask !

    • Mo Crow says:

      Hey Dotti yes indeed & talking of connections let’s catch up soon! the next book will be going deeper with stitching single silver strands of my hair, those wonderfully springy boar bristles and cutting openings…

  8. Superb work, Mo, and I love the keyhole on the back. The connections between nature’s lace and your stitches – seamless! (no pun intended).

  9. deemallon says:

    your delicacy of line is here. your subtle palette. the inescapable ability to infer meaning with the slightest of strokes. it’s a thing I would love to see up close and if I owned it, I’d have a special shelf where I could open to a different page each day…

  10. vdbolyard says:

    a book of visions it seems to me. or a book of vision. just that.

    • Mo Crow says:

      lace and light… am still only touching the surface as Cindy wonders in her comment it’s what’s in between, there will be more layering and cutting through

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