The Hands of Fate

Posted: February 14, 2016 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time, magic
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The-Hands-of-Fate-Mo16The Hands of Fate Mo 16
are finished!
vintage chamois leather evening gloves embroidered with silk threads, embellished with grape & passionfruit vine tendrils, Acacia sp (aka florist’s Zig Zag), boar bristles, emu & rainbow lorikeet feathers, eucalyptus seed capsule, Cecile Brunner rosebud,  a fragment of butterfly wing, boar’s tooth that I wore as an earring for 20 years, the copper blue wing bone of a fruit bat electrocuted in the power lines 11 years ago, the last of the Italian murrini star beads, a good clear single point crystal with a beaded lace hilt, turquoise, moss agate, glass & clay beads, the cold fish I carved from a paua shell with a bandaged heart from back in 2008, quail wishbone and the shaft of an eagle’s flight feather fretworked by mortuary beetles back in 2013, display box made from craftboard collaged with The Gardener’s Catalogue (1974), embroidered  & painted rotted lace ribbon with laser cut stars from Els of FiberRainbow
The-Hands-of-Fate-detail-Mo16you can see photos of these gloves in process widdershins here

  1. Eliene says:

    A beautiful tribute to your hands…..the whole piece looks wonderful Mo. From the making of the box, the use of the old gardening mag. the embroidering and those gloves…WOW!

  2. Wow Mo they are wonderful. That ribbon title works beautifully.

  3. The spirit, the heart, the depth and the detail all combine in a wondrous alchemy! I really enjoyed looking back through posts about this developing – a real triumph Mo!

  4. sue says:

    love these. the box is wonderful too. it’s been nice to be able to see them grow

  5. grace says:

    truly brilliant, Mo…

  6. Everything has found their rightful home there in your hands Mo.

  7. Carol says:

    Magnificent, Mo!

  8. gillian norris says:

    They are lovely. I have a pair of gloves that my mother was making and never finished – I should look at them withe new eyes and maybe finish them in a more creative fashion

  9. mathilde says:

    Healing and creating hands. Beautyful magical.

  10. jude says:

    gorgeous, how is it to stitch on the leather?

    • Mo Crow says:

      these old gloves (circa 1950’s) are chamois so the leather is soft as butter to stitch through but very fragile and needed to be stitched with silk thread (linen was too harsh & ripped the surface) the very thin Italian glove leather I use in the crow eye talismans is delightfully strong & stretchy and copes with linen thread just fine

  11. deemallon says:

    So stunning. I love how the leather and natural bits relate to the densely printed background that you collaged. And, as usual, the language of craft — your supply list — reads like poetry. Can the box hang vertically?

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