a starry ladder for Once in a Blue Moon

Posted: April 3, 2018 by Mo Crow in Braille for the Soul, It's Crow Time
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a left over from Reaching for the Stars
two may well be enough!
the hinge is much tighter with an extra few rows of black linen thread woven through
stabilized the base with an old rubber O ring covered in black glove leather
now I just need to work on an artist statement about why I made it to the tune of Frank Sinatra’s
“Fly me to the moon
Let me play among the stars”
mashed up with Nat King Cole’s
“It’s only a paper moon
Sailing over a cardboard sea”
to top off this wild Blue Moon weekend was gifted this fragile alchemical star found in an old castle in Germany
the circle is strong, deep magic is afoot!

  1. Marti says:

    Tiny star, huge illuminating magic; the Blue Moon is breathtaking and of course, the lyrics, the last refrain of Sinatra’s “Blue Moon” came to mind because it fits with “Braille for the Soul” but especially for ” I Dream of A World Where Love is the Answer”. Lyrics below:

    “Blue moon, Now I’m no longer alone,. Without a dream in my heart, Without a love of my own.”

    Your vision, your invitation to us to participate in “I Dream of a World Where Love is the Answer” and we are doing so, collectively, dreaming of a world that holds our individual love for the planet, for each other, for the world and most of all, for collectively connecting.:

  2. fiberels says:

    Ohhhh these tiny stars are soooo CUTE !
    Hmmmm : artist statement : counting back aaaaaaall your thoughts and making a (very) short story of it with the essence of it all ….. (good luck my friend ! XXX )

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Els))) have pulled two pages of thoughts out of all the Once in a Blue Moon posts since May last year when I first started this one and although I like the succinct ‘slow stitching lunacy’ it probably needs a little more about the magic and mystery of the moon…

  3. dinahmow says:

    I like the turns your brain takes.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Di))) it’s finished! just stitched the O ring covered in black glove leather onto the base to create a foot and it works, all I have is get some decent photographs & pull a pithy artist’s statement together to have a go at the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, I’m stoked!

  4. Liz A says:

    Oh please do tell more about the alchemical star … how big it is and what it’s made of.

    And the stars along the edge of the moon seem of a piece with your delicate stitches on the moon’s surface … I smile

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Liz))) your e-mail yesterday helped me remember there is more than one way to make a ladder & got me going with the thought that the whole piece is about leather and thread so there was no point in introducing silver or the retractable bamboo ladder, it was just a distraction.
      The alchemical 8 pointed star is over 100 years old and came from an old castle in Germany, it’s 430mm (17″) in diameter, stitched on linen with some metallic threads wound in, have added a photo of the back for you!

      • Liz A says:

        I swoon

        • Mo Crow says:

          I’m still swooning and wondering about the stories held in this magical star ! Just added a photo of the detail to show that the stitching appears to be a mix of chain stitch, back stitch and wrap stitch, it’s very fragile, I thought at first to turn it into a cushion but would probably be better framed for conservation purposes

  5. deemallon says:

    That German star is unbelievable ! And so is your moon. Pretend you are describing someone else’s work and I’ll bet the words will flow. You are so generous and insightful towards others!

  6. Martine says:

    Deep magic is afoot! Sounds a lot like your work Mo……………

  7. Nancy says:

    (((Mo)))…I’m in awe. Speechless. xo

  8. fiona says:

    One of the things I find most satisfying in a piece is the attention to detail; and your work has it in spades Mo. The final leather-clad O ring for stability; the extra thread to stabilise the hinge; the addition of a like-minded material ladder; these things give the work such a sense of wholeness and completeness almost as if there was no other way for it to be – it is exactly how it should be. Which is strange when you think of all the twists and turns one takes and how things never appear clear or obvious along the way but at the end they are clearly the only answer! This piece is a beauty and I hope you find your words. I like the idea of writing about someone elses work – get yourself out of the way of yourself almost…Big congratulations – it is marvelous!

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Fiona))) it’s a funny life being an artist, you have to take yourself seriously or no one else will & believe in your dreams enough to want to make the work but then you have to get out of your own way for the work to fly and it’s never predictable, the ugly phase keeps us dancing!

  9. shemann says:

    Mo, what a wonderful gift! It’s just amazing. Do you know the history behind it?

  10. Hazel says:

    That first photo, oh… You are brilliant with tiny touches of magic dear Mo.

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