another hopeful thing

Posted: November 5, 2015 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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Actinotus minor flowers, Brugmansia suaveolens ovary, grape vine tendril, emu feather, lichen, passionfruit vine tendril, vintage lace, clay bead from Africa, Bangalow palm inflorescence, linen & silk thread, Moulin de Larroque handmade watercolour paper, Japanese Abaca paper, 3H graphite, Golden Titanium white acrylic, and black ink
more hopeful things with feathers here & here

  1. bronwyn says:

    Gorgeous Mo!

  2. coloremartine says:

    Wow,, i like this so much……….

  3. Julie Banks says:

    Such wonderful materials – love it!

  4. handstories says:

    Emily would be thrilled! Would you share more about the making of it when you have time? Especially love the edges.

    • Mo Crow says:

      well, it started with that grape vine tendril looking like an asemic glyph & needing to be stitched to the deliciously thick French handmade waterecolour paper but it needed a bit of added texture so I pasted down the Japanese Abaca paper first with bookbinders starch paste, waited a day for it to dry then stitched the grape vine tendril, the emu feather, that LHS red “x” & the African clay bead fit in then too but it all looked a bit stark… if you scroll down on this link to the last photo you can see what I mean, so on Tuesday I painted the lichen white and stitched it under the “x”, added the passionfruit vine tendril, the lace, found that Brugmansia ovary in the garden and it made a lovely counterpoint with a bit more red thread and a few more x’s stiched in, the final lift was the tiny Actinotus minor flowers that I had stuck onto a palm sheath in the Out of the Blue Book with a bit more stippling of white with a Winsor & Newton series 7 “ooo” sable… so what does it mean? a call and response built out of hopes and dreams…
      oh and the edges are some of the white painted Bangalow Palm inflorescence that had broken off the Dark Moon Dancer stitched onto the paper with white linen thread, gotta split we have a lot more gardening work to do and running a few hours late !

  5. Liz says:

    I love that I have to zoom in to see which marks are stitched and which are painted … such delicate tracery!

  6. Carol says:

    I love your quietly wild things, Mo! This one is breathtaking!

    • Mo Crow says:

      thanks Carol am surprised by this one, it may well be the xmas card, went to the flower markets this morning and didn’t find anything truly fabulous enough to draw except a ridiculously overpriced bunch of gum nuts and dodder vine…

  7. fiberels says:

    mysterious too 😉

  8. This is exquisite, Mo, and I can’t believe all the strange and varied things you have put into it! You continually amaze me with your talent!

  9. And for your Xmas card I love the idea of call and response continuing!
    On that note a huge thank you for the lovely heart warming messages earlier

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