Once in a Blue Moon with retractable ladder

Posted: October 15, 2017 by Mo Crow in Braille for the Soul, It's Crow Time

Once in a Blue Moon with retractable ladder Mo 17
W 29cm x H 9.5cm
embroidered moon on electric blue suede over papier maché mold, 1.5mm black leather cord stitched with black linen thread over papier maché mold, bamboo rungs, waxed & knotted DMC cotton, vintage glass beads, bone beads, lead fishing weights, nickel silver links, lapis lazuli
moon ladder extended
the hinge works
dreaming up some sort of spring hinge…

  1. fiberels says:

    Oh my … scary ladder Mo !
    (all of a sudden disappears when you’re climbing up …?)

  2. bronwyn says:

    Looks fantastic Mo!

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Bronwyn))) you were right, the lid really needs to be a bit open… looking at how a spring hinge could work made out of coiled silver wire or a folded double spiral cut out of silver or titanium sheet or even bound grape vine tendrils stitched into the linen thread hinge

  3. “FINE” became “WOW”, now “WOWIE-WOW” !!!
    PS-(I have a bracelet of those skull bones given me by my Zen teacher, Robert ‘Chodo’ Campbell)

  4. arlee says:

    Spaceship Earth………..

  5. jude says:

    a way in and out is good.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Jude))) like that old board game of snakes and ladders, and this quote from Lewis Hyde “Trickster Makes this World” “he (Hermes) is the god of the hinge … the mottled figure in the half light… who amazes and unmazes…”

  6. vdbolyard says:


    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Velma))) thanks, it’s been put away to rest for a bit, was so close to the edge on Friday when I had to realign the ladder and hinge, did it by eye rather than plotting the centres, if you ever want to know the most circuitous route to get to anywhere… I’m really good at finding it!

  7. Valerianna says:

    Beautiful, Mo! I just scrolled my way back through many of your posts to see all your fascinating, creative endeavors, I’m not sure what has happened to me that I don’t get to blogger often, but, when I do, your place is always full of wonders, thanks!

  8. snicklefritzin43 says:

    “Once in a Blue Moon” is simply fantastically over the moon in concept, exquisite execution and completed voice calling us to come aboard for the journey. Wonderful, wonderful piece of work.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Kristin))) thanks for the good words! I am trying to get my head around a crit from a trusted artist friend with a clear objective eye, she reckons the skull beads on the retractable Moon Ladder cheapen the work & that the ladder looks a bit too clunky in bamboo, have taken these thoughts on board but have put it away to incubate ’til early next year… this morning I just feel like climbing up that little ladder, pulling down the lid and holing up inside with it!

  9. deemallon says:

    I’ve never heard Hermes referred to as ‘god of the hinge’ — how perfect for his capacity to occupy both the heavens and the lower realms, his switching, his surprises. This piece is so phenomenal, I don’t have words.. . but I do have kind of a joke — I finally get it — your intense originality, the unique combos, the connection to the planets and the heavens, the high-level skill with a weird range of tools — you’re a walk-in! that’s it! not of this plane at all.

  10. nancy krampf says:

    LOVE……….Inspiring….jaw dropping magical x0

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Nancy))) am feeling much happier with it now that I have let it go to incubate, the ladder needs a little more real magic infused before it works and the hinge is a curly question but getting very close, the skulls are laughing in the meantime!

  11. Saskia says:

    omg, almost speechless….however certain words spring to mind: otherwordly, awesome, beautiful, thought-provoking, humorous…..and then I realise words fall short somewhat…..
    which is why we make!

    I always love how you mention what materials you have used, almost like an accountant, and then to witness the birth and final result, which turns out to be so much MORE

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Saskia))) thanks for the good words, having the list of materials, dimensions & process is helpful for getting the artist statement together, if I can push this one that little bit further will have a go for the Woolahra Small Sculpture Prize next year

  12. Hazel says:

    Mo! You did it! I am in awe and glee over what you’ve conjured. Vision and determination fill you, and now us. I’ve enlarged & stared at it all, imagining being able to step onto/into it all…

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