spheres of influence

Posted: August 25, 2015 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time, magic
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forget-me-notsforget me nots are a favourite flower, one of the perquisites of being a gardener is we get to bring the trimmings home
gardeners-hand-in-processthat forget me not blue has found it’s way into the gardener’s glove & I may have seen something like these gloves when I was a young girl poring over the illustrations in Adrienne Ségur’s Fairy Tale Book
(yes, have a look at Puss in Boot’s gloves!)
and in this 21st C world there is all the wonderful work shared on the internet
Jude Hill of Spirit Cloth is taking a month off after completing the Magic Feather Project
Christine Kelly of Gentlework is working fine magic for Daphne’s Glove – A Group Gathering
Grace of Windthread is stitching the quivering awareness of a Praying Mantis
Dee Mallon’s Hearts for Charleston Quilt is being built with love
Judy Martin’s deep insights into her process are brilliant
that’s just the places I have visited online this morning, there’s lots more in the sidebar to the left
then there’s the real life experience of visiting local art galleries, last week we visited “Flight” at the Balmain Watch House here’s a link to their collaborative centrepiece “Flight of the Bumble Bee” (click on the pic to see all the fantastic details!)
on the weekend we saw the Salon de Réfuses at the SH Ervin Gallery after seeing the Archibald, Wynne & Suliman at the AGNSW a few weeks ago (the first time I have bothered to brave the crowds since 1973 & it was worth it) love the detailed work of Max Miller (a bit like John Wolseley in miniature) who won the Trustee’s watercolour prize, the portrait of Charles Waterstreet by Nigel Milsom was a well deserved win and I was mesmerized by the magical moth “This is not here” by Cameron Potts in the Sulman. I am also blessed to be friends with the amazing sculptor Bronwyn Berman who is working on her piece for Sculpture by the Sea, we catch up once a week to talk about art, life, the universe and everything.
whilst stitching those tiny leaves around the thumb this morning I realized Crow Amulet IV needed a bat claw
Crow-Amulet-4-by-Mo15 funny how that little dash of red tying the claw in brings it to life
well that’s enough fiddling about… it’s 5am and time to get a few hours of editing done before a big day of gardening if the rain holds off!
PS a few hours later, the sun’s out, have added more to this post about local art exhibitions & artists and am just getting ready to go and do some gardening in the hope I can get my feet back on the ground!

  1. ravenandsparrow says:

    The blue thread on the glove is just right! Just beautiful. Good luck with the editing. I’ve been putting off some things too.

    • Mo Crow says:

      it’s all getting very real now with making the appointment with the printer for next Wednesday, the second day of Spring at 10:30am (just after the Full Moon in Pisces on Sunday)… am busily writing lists of everything that needs to be ready in 7 days… all the files are getting their last look before putting them on a thumb drive, the wing detail & the crow foot on the leather covers have been traced onto draughting film, inked in & scanned for the relief diecutting, paper choice will be crucial, the Red River matte inkjet paper I imported from the US produced the best blacks so x fingers the printer will have a paper that can get that quality of detail too! I’m sure there is more to think about but that will do for this morning… Old Man Crow is getting the recordings sorted, we will be flying to Melbourne in mid November so Dave Hatch the brilliant session drummer can lay the drum tracks in and I will get to see Louise Saxton’s exhibition in real life!

  2. Thanks for the link to Louise Saxton’ site. I have seen her work but not found her on the web until now. However I couldn’t find the dates of her exhibition. I will be in Melbourne late October and was wondering if it would still be on and at which venue?

  3. fiberels says:

    Ahhhhhh, LOVE the forget-me-nots on the glove !!!!

    • Mo Crow says:

      so do I Els but at the same time I fear them being too pretty in that doiley making Edwardian lady’s busy work sort of way… just about to write a post about anathema & how we are drawn to what we fear the most…

  4. Carol says:

    Marvellous links, thank you, Mo! I’ve spent a wonderful and long time enjoying them. A very beautiful post!

  5. grace says:

    first, thank you for the pics of the leather needles….now i remember….
    and forget me nots no, they have a totally different meaning to me, they are
    deeply fierce for me….

    • Mo Crow says:

      fierce forget me nots? how can such a delightfully weedy little plant with such roundly petaled miniature blue flowers be fierce… tenacious… yes… prolific when conditions are right… yes… but fierce? there’s no thorns, there’s no grasping tendrils.. perhaps it’s those sticky seed coats… memory can be sticky like that… is the fierceness held in the forgetting….

  6. coloremartine says:

    The beauty of forget me nots is far beyond pretty. In the garden as well as your gloves…………..

  7. deemallon says:

    the gloves are anything but trite and doily pretty. I can’t even see why you are going there. They are totems. They are maps. They are feminine and wild. They look like they’ve been places and handled things, and are no stranger to the harsh realities of life. Or to its beauty. No, these feel ‘pure Mo’.

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