growing by the moon

Posted: October 21, 2015 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time

dark-moon-tendrilsgrape vine tendrils painted black holding the face of the Dark Moon Dancer
time to let the glue dry for 24 hours then start weaving the dark moon into place with waxed black linen thread
Materials so far:
Bangalow palm inflorescence from one of our customer’s gardens 7 years ago painted white last weekend with Porters Chalk Emulsion “popcorn” white (a very flat ochre like paint that flows easily over any surface)
hand blown black glass from Pilchuck Glass School in 1989
grape vine tendrils painted black Art Spectrum Black artist’s pigmented ink
glued in with acid free bookbinders PVA

  1. looks so intriguing! thanks for your great comment on my blog!

  2. handstories says:

    Intriguing was just the word I was going to use. Fascinated to see how these powerful pieces come together

  3. this is quite a fascinating piece so far, Mo, and a seemingly unlikely mix of materials, yet they fit together so perfectly! I like the two photos of the grape vine tendrils just on their own, too…

    • Mo Crow says:

      You’re so right Sharmon, the combination of materials was unlikely & a bit too clever by half…
      just cut out a few hours of messy black linen thread weaving that was detracting from the elegance of the crescent & have taken the black glass out of the dark moon dancer’s face
      Jude Hill’s words this morning re her Looking Stitch

      “like making something without the thing in it.”

      twigged deepy & helped me see past my expectations…
      the moon is already implied in the crescent shape of the head of the palm inflorescence…
      it doesn’t need the density & weight of the black glass…
      have left the tendrils there as they imply the thing-ness of the dark moon that was there
      & they are once again two separate things, they didn’t need to be married
      but the good thing is the attempt to join them together turned that lovely but unfinished gift from nature into the Dark Moon Dancer!
      I can just relax and have fun wrapping the bases of the black grape vine tendrils and adding black threads for the shimmy

      PS the next day… the glass moon is back and held in place with a pressure setting that works at last, will post more pics soon

  4. Carol says:

    Your story of progress is fascinating, like a dance, forward, back and forward again.

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