Once in a Blue Moon – week 3 & 1/2

Posted: June 15, 2017 by Mo Crow in Braille for the Soul, It's Crow Time
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Once in a Blue Moon in process week 3 & 1/2 Mo17
stitching is helping me find some sort of sense of sanity in amongst all the lunacy…
this is a very strange year for our beautiful broken world

  1. dinahmow says:

    Well, seeing it is helping me.Thank you, Mo

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Di))) the big question this week is why oh why is our government trying to go ahead with this Great Barrier Reef destroying Adani coal mine!

      • Sharing your disbelief re Adani, and longing for some ethical sensible sane leadership… in the meantime your work is STUNNING, heartwarming ,and a tangible reminder of the beauty that is still there at the heart of everything.

  2. in the moments i look, it is soothing.

  3. beth says:

    Mo, it is one of those works that would capture me across a room and then in stepping closer, delight and enchant me with the details. Well done!

  4. sue kluber says:

    so beautiful and calming- i find the same comfort in stitching

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Sue))) using a thimble has made this one a lot easier to work, whenever the needle meets any resistance I grab the thimble and save my fingertips!

  5. Hazel says:


    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Hazel))) it’s really getting there, reckon there’s about another week of stitching then need to work out how to make a papier mache mold in my big iron wok, sturdy enough to stretch the leather over, the back will be a black spiral of 1.5mm black leather cord blanket stitched into a shallow basket formed over the wok. It will be a lens shaped vessel with a retractable moon ladder attached to the rim. It’s for “Braille for the Soul” my next solo show at Artsite Gallery, have set the date for March 2019 when I’m 64!

  6. The amount of focus you invested! AND more to come. Well, if that sort of focus can produce such a thing of beauty maybe every stitch is a prayer and maybe your government and our government and ALL the bullying, bling fools will suddenly waken and declare “WHAT THE HELL WERE WE THINKING!” Maybe.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Michelle))) that’s how it will go, we may not see it in our lifetimes but we can feed the dream, Imagine… John Lennon sang it all those years ago and still gives us hope

  7. Beautiful work and you are making such good progress. I can’t stitch without my thimble.

  8. jude says:

    too amazing Mo….

  9. Nancy says:

    Mo~ This is truly a most amazing work! To actually capture the moon this way…blows me a way! I can’t wait to see the progression you’ve described to Hazel above.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Nancy))) me too! looking forward to making that little retractable ladder, Old Man Crow is going to help with the logistics, he studied engineering back in the late 60’s early 70’s which comes in very handy for things involving tension, knots and moving parts.

  10. fiberels says:

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BEAUTY !

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Els))) this is the time for bringing the dreams into reality as Helen Garner wrote in “Notes from a Brief Friendship” p46 “Everywhere I Look” 2016
      “Sometimes it seems to me that, in the end, the only thing people have got going for them is imagination. At times of great darkness, everything around us becomes symbolic, poetic, archetypal.
      Perhaps this is what dreaming, and art, are for.”

  11. it is soothing
    and as always
    sososo beautiful

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Yvette))) I am reading this translation of an interview with Jorge Luis Borges from back in 1976 when he was 77 years old and blind;
      “That’s the task of Art. It is to transform whatever happens to us into symbols, to transform it into music, to transform it into something that may last in the memory of men. As artists, that is our duty. We must comply with it. Or else we’d feel very unhappy.”

  12. coloremartine says:

    Oh Mo, so much beauty………………….

  13. Gillian Norris says:

    I love this moon project and I also loved the sea urchin idea (one of my favourite things for inspiration)
    I keep meaning to try thimbles! Maybe I will now.

  14. I love seeing your progress on the Blue Moon… it looks wonderful! What kind of thread are you using?

  15. Margaret Johnson says:

    Glorious Mo….ox

  16. Margaret Johnson says:

    I’m very happy to share my stuff with you Mo. ox ThankYOU for all the things you have gifted me over the years! oxox

  17. deemallon says:

    can’t wait to see the vessel! and yes, to archetype and dream abounding in dark times — there is a heightening and while the cause of it disturbs moment by moment, the attention wrought by it is to be appreciated.

    While reading the comments here, I remembered a book that was imp. to me once upon a time — (thinking of you as the archetype Sorcerer or Witch and this process of stitching the Moon) —

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Dee))) I am very excited about this becoming a vessel too! ’twill take another two months to make and it is a very witchy piece! I read that book a long time ago, would be good to have another look at it after all these years of following the Moon! here’s an interesting paragraph from “Pieces of White Shell- A Journey to Navajo Land” by Terry Tempest Williams (p69-70)
      “Rituals are the formulas by which harmony is restored. They are symbolic actions born of the Navajo mythic reality. Donald Sanders elaborates:
      By means of origin myths and cosmogonic myths, a picture is built up of what the world is, how it came to be, and how it may be expected to function in the future. It makes no difference whether the facts on which the world view are founded are true or not. The myth makes do with what “facts” it has, and goes on about its business of creating an intuitive emotional interpretation of them. The rituals embody sacred action appropriate to the structure of the world built up by the myths. They go hand in hand, completing and complimenting each other- the mythic reality and the ritual response.”
      and this is also good food for thought for dealing with these strange days-
      ‘The resurgence of magical religion can be seen, then, as an attempt to enrich the ‘psychic ecology’ of contemporary culture by re-mythicising and re-storying our world and the living beings that make it up.’ Ivakhiv, 1996

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