Blue Triangle Butterfly

Posted: September 24, 2015 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time, magic

blue-triangle-butterfly-2015Blue Triangle Butterfly at the Nepean River on the Spring Equinox Mo 2015
BlueTriangleBlue Triangle Mo 1989
titanium, slumped and enamelled glass, forged & patinated copper, brass, blue triangle butterfly, blue egg
3-Blue-Triangles by-Mo-Orkiszewski-1989-3 of the 7 Blue Triangles Mo 1989
Athame – cast, cut and polished glass, forged and cast silver, plique a jour enamel on copper
Flighty Nature of Chance – plique a jour enamel, silver, copper, dice
Gothic Wood- carved rosewood and zebrawood, slumped glass, 2 antique padlocks with no key, air
Perfect-Imperfection-by-Mo-Orkiszewski-1989Perfect Imperfection Mo 1989 cut & polished cracked cullet
Mo7bluetriangles19896 of the 7 Blue Triangles Mo 1989 at the Glass Artists Gallery
7-Blue-Trianglesnearly half a lifetime ago and those Blue Triangles are still making good magic!
PS here’s a reality check up close at 60…

  1. fiberels says:

    Ahhhh, that blue triangle butterfly is like a diver ready to jump from a high clif !!!!
    What a smashing woman you were and are Mo !!!

  2. fiberels says:

    I know, I know … (all) most of the young ones can’t imagine that, looking at our (laugh) wrinkles 😉
    They’ll KNOW, Mo … in time …. 😉

  3. ravenandsparrow says:

    The butterfly looks like an illustrator’s dream, as do your blue triangle works. Els is right, you were and are absolutely smashing!

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Dana))) I love how the electric blue triangle butterflies always make me stop in my tracks and see the magic that’s all around whenever we take the time to slow down and see

  4. susan bowers says:

    oooh – look at the younger you. Bet you are still gorgeous at nearly 60. Love the butterfly and triangles …

    • Mo Crow says:

      I did the big 60 back in March & must say that everything I have ever done in all those years is now well and truly written on my face like the Picture of Dorian Grey… my favourite photo from back in the day is this one but my oldest & best girlfriend reckons it looked nothing like me even then, oh Ha!

  5. Eliene says:

    I remember that young lady…as beautiful now as you were then….now there are just more smile & laughter lines. You have the best laugh and because I am so far away I don’t get to hear it very often. I love the smile/laughter line photo.

  6. cristina says:

    I love those triangles… so beautiful work! And about being 60 and showing it : Who would like to look like those stone faced women with their skin tightened behind their ears? I would rather take the laughter lines 😉

  7. fiona says:

    oh Mo that is too special – the butterfly and the triangle. Perfection! Love that shot of you in 89 – full of life – just as you are now…

    • Mo Crow says:

      thanks Fiona, I gave the titanium & glass triangle to my mentor in glass engraving Anne Dybka but it lasted less than 24 hours out in the real world. Jessie, her beautiful Irish wolfhound swept it off the table with one enthusiastic wag of her tail & it was smashed to smithereens.

      • fiona says:

        oh my goodness! Those moments are hard to understand, but over time you realise they just are what they are…it was perfect while it was.

  8. deemallon says:

    ahhhh MO, you are a treasure indeed. I like even reading the materials and process, much unknown to me, so it sounds like poetry. And as others say (course we are all old, aren’t we?) the beauty remains!

    • Mo Crow says:

      glass is such an alluring medium, I enjoyed working with it from 1982 to 2004 but books are my passion these days & there is still a glass book waiting in the wings of my dreams…

  9. jude says:

    ah, all is beautiful here.

  10. perlhuhn52 says:

    beautiful Mo! Being at the other side of 60 I decided to take it as an adventure not always pleasant but full of life. I´m sure you can see in your eyes the Mo of 89 – this bold sparkle.

  11. Judy Martin says:

    When you made all these blue triangles, ….what were you thinking about? I’d love to know what was the inspiration.

    • Mo Crow says:

      OK here goes… I don’t think I have ever written this out before…
      Just before starting my final year of art school in Sydney in 1989 I was still living part time on a little farm on the north coast with a gentle carpenter and went to have my tarot cards read by Truly Divine a beautiful transexual who lived in Nimbin NSW (the alternative mecca of Oz), on the way to that appointment I found a dead blue triangle butterfly and an empty blue egg. Truly had two magician cards in her deck which formed the centre of the spread & blessed the year for making strong magic.
      The first semester I spent working on the blue triangle to house the butterfly and the broken egg then the rest of the 6 triangles just fell out of my hands once it was complete
      I also received a scholarship to attend a workshop in glass engraving with Jiri Harcuba at the Pilchuck Glass School near Seattle Washington (which was one of the most productive and inspiring two weeks of my life)
      Flying across the Pacific is a 14 hour long haul flight, I enjoy the disconnection from all the earthly ties to see what is happening in my life more clearly from the eagle eye view & funnily enough the people I missed most were my mentor in glass engraving Anne Dybka and my best friend Roderick (aka Old Man Crow), we had known each other since 1976 and had become best friends whilst I was studying but never lovers. He was looking after my place while I was away and breaking up with his girlfriend at the time so when I got back we fell in love and have been together pretty much ever since.
      So this configuration brought a new love and deepened the art with magic for life as well as forming the major work for my degree. The cracked window in the last photo was from a rock thrown at the window on the night of the opening, I never found out who threw that stone but it was aimed at me for sure.
      PS all 7 triangles were sold or given to special friends, Old Man Crow has the piece of sky.
      PPS I don’t work in glass any more because I can’t work with any toxic dusts or fumes since surviving throat cancer in 2004

  12. Carol says:

    Beautiful then as now, Mo! What beautiful work – you are such a satisfying artist…

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