Once in a Blue Moon sans the retractable ladder

Posted: April 1, 2018 by Mo Crow in Braille for the Soul, It's Crow Time
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Once in a Blue Moon by Mo 2017-2018
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
photograph by Simon Fraser Cloud Nine Image Art
last year I was thinking the whole point of this slow stitching lunacy was the retractable ladder but it didn’t quite work so a few days ago decided to make a new ladder out of 1mm sterling silver plate
which didn’t work either
x-roads cloth by Grace Forrest-Maestas
imagine peace by Liz Ackert
Moon Unit II Mo 17
Fish Bones by The Pale Rook
and the redundant silver ladder
back in the box to incubate
this may take some time…
in memory of Ariel P Cat
‘The Letter F’ from An illuminated Book of Cats © 2010
words by Rod Morgan, illustrations by Mo Orkiszewski, musings by Ariel P Cat
13 moons have passed

  1. Nancy says:

    Oh. (((Mo))). There is such a richness here. A reaching. A remembering. A longing. A celebration of life. I could look for hours. Blessings in your 13th moon. xo

  2. dinahmow says:

    How lovely to see Ariel P. And the moon is looking good, too.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Di))) that triple Hecate moon in “The Letter F” is one of my favourites and although I love this Blue Moon there are two design issues that need to be resolved, the hinge is too loose & wobbly and the ladder needs to be subtle and light as a feather….

  3. fiberels says:

    BLUE !!!! moon and cat drawing !!! Wonderful !

  4. Eliene says:

    Ahhh the blues…the memories….sad but truly beautiful….& the ideas for the ladder will keep on coming until the right one fits.
    There will never be another Ariel but we all have so much to be grateful for your expressions of/for him. Long may his memory live.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Eliene))) Ariel was the cat of my dreams but Old Man Crow was his true soul mate

    • Mo Crow says:

      we watched ‘The Disaster Artist’ yesterday and it threw me into a full tail spin with Once in a Blue Moon not working as well as I had wished for, it was so close but it wasn’t working then I remembered Michael Leunig’s great piece on how the failure of a work to live up to expectations throws the artist and the work over the edge and into Into the Unknown… suddenly there are no constraints, the dream is one thing, what comes into the world is another, it may or may not work but it’s not the end yet, oh phew!

      • Mo Crow says:

        and it doesn’t matter how many times the work takes me over the edge it always takes me for a surprisingly hard ride through the ugly phase!

        • Peggy McG says:

          The fact that you have stitched this blue moon and conjured its beauty thus far into something tangible is such proof you are a wonderful artist. all you have posted over time is so clever and takes my breath away. And what a tribute to your cat with the alphabet drawings. Just amazing.

          • Mo Crow says:

            (((Peggy))) it’s starting to come together today, found a 30 year old “O” ring in my stash that stabilizes the base, the hinge just needed more black linen thread woven through to tighten it up and a white leather star with some knotted white linen is starting to work for the way in…

  5. Barry says:

    Hi MC – wow – a lot of slow work in the creation of blue moon. A bit sad when creation does not quite match imagination and inspiration – but what we create just is. B

  6. beth says:

    You’ll find your way with the ladder. And I know that missing. I still see Raven out of the corner of my eye.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Beth & Raven))) letting go of what I expected the ladder to look like and listening to the materials has resolved the work at last will post some photos as soon as I can get this old iMac to cooperate, it’s making alarming intermittent crackling sounds getting ready to go to computer heaven.

  7. deemallon says:

    Thank you for sharing your process here. Have you thought about a crocheted ladder? To mimic the rope ladders used on seafaring ships? It’d be cool if you could crochet it out of thin silver wire. (And, I feel the soft missing of Ariel❤️).

  8. shemann says:

    I love it as it is! I do understand the frustration when something you have planned in your mind will not translate in 3 d. Keep trying, something will work eventually. I must say I like the ladder. Perhaps a different project?

  9. Hazel says:

    Love for you, Ariel, your blue moon & the ladders. Even though they aren’t working in the way you want, they are still things of beauty. Really love the silver one. I think of you now when I see ladders, including the child artist’s painting yesterday.

  10. The last words Mo….13 moons have passed…

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