Toad Moon with ladder II and the retractable ladder works!

Posted: October 7, 2017 by Mo Crow in Braille for the Soul, It's Crow Time
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Toad Moon with ladder II Mo 2016-17
cane toad leather, boar bristles, emu feathers, lichen, passionfruit vine tendril, “whisper” silk organza, indigo dyed silk from Eliene, Japanese Abaca paper, Moulin de Larroque handmade watercolour paper, linen and silk threads, hemp string, Honesty, shells and vintage glass beads
25cm H x 19cm W
& the prototype for the retractable moon ladder works!

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Di))) it’s exciting, just need the counterweights, will wax the thread and holes so the cotton doesn’t fray on the next retractable ladder, playing with last year’s Toad Moon got me back in the zone listening to where the work wants to go rather than where I think it should be going!

  1. arlee says:

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  2. saskia says:

    oh my, this is so sweet and light, the refractable ladder is delightful

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Saskia))) the Toad Moon with ladder needed those shell legs to stand on, honesty to frame the view and the shells and beads in the foreground to lead the eye in, love how the retractable ladder actually worked first go, will try making one in sterling silver today!

      • saskia says:

        looking forward to seeing the result in silver no less!

        • Mo Crow says:

          (((Saskia))) cut a few rungs out of sterling on Sunday but it works better with the bamboo, bought the lead weights from the fishing & tackle shop yesterday however my hands are not cooperating this morning for the fine sanding and details after many hours of weeding a sadly neglected garden in the last week so have gone off on a tangent stitching the tiniest scrap of wedding dress into a pennant for I Dream of a world where love is the answer

  3. snicklefritzin43 says:

    wonderful piece and the ladder is super!

  4. shemann says:

    stunning piece Mo! love the ladder, how I totally missed the full moon is beyond me!

  5. Jane says:

    Mo, I take my hat off to you! Such an eclectic array in your composition, that works perfectly together. The subtlety of use with the toad leather that really appeals to me. And your working retractable ladder such wit, and quirky sense of humour. Would love to do a joint exhibition with you one day!

  6. Margaret Johnson says:

    onya Mo….ox

  7. deemallon says:

    a beautiful tribute to the creative process in general and your sweet skills and heart in particular

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Dee))) waiting for more Gütermann black linen thread to arrive in the letterbox before finishing the edge of Once in a Blue Moon, looking at how to make a spring hinge like glasses cases have… I like how they snap shut…

  8. coloremartine says:

    Oh Mo…………………..this beauty……..

  9. Hazel says:

    Mo! Brilliant. What’ don’t you know how to make/do?

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Hazel))) when a dream comes in so clear, as Once in a Blue Moon did back in May it’s just a matter of working out the logistics but not always successfully, there’s been lots of epic fails over the years-
      -haven’t driven a car since 1978 when I forgot to renew my license..
      -knitting… you heard this story a few weeks ago over on your blog but here it is again I bought a size 12 vest pattern but knitted it so tightly that it fit a 6 year old snugly, every stitch needed to be prised up with a nail to slide the knitting needle in
      -mosaics… imagine trying to make a quite large mosaic with tiny pieces of glass 1mm x 1mm (.039″ x .039″)
      -clay… it’s way too wet and squishy
      there are many other things that I really can’t do but these are the standouts!

      • Hazel says:

        A good list! I completely agree with you about the clay (& papier mache) & thinking I might give up driving once Moon is able, so stressful.

  10. fiona says:

    The moon is a marvel Mo – and so are you! Happy dance indeed – yay!!!!!

  11. Stunning! It is simply stunning!

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