the chicken and the egg revisited

Posted: January 9, 2020 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time

the chicken and the egg revisited Mo 2020
with a feather and chicken leg leather inside
eggshell mosaic over bookbinders board, lined with chicken leg leather & red leather cord held together with  waxed linen thread, Gütermann upholstery thread & knotted japanese cotton, wishbone, red felt heart, myrhh, glass & ceramic beads, white feather
H 8cm x W 7.5cm x D 7.5cm
this has been waiting to fall out of my hands since 2017 when I made the chicken and the egg book
here’s some pics of the work in process

  1. deemallon says:

    Wow just exquisite. I love everything, but in particular the red x’s on exterior corners and the leather lining.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Dee))) it’s a bit rough and ready but I learned a lot in the making, maybe there’ll be a chicken and egg (slight return) Voodoo(ish) Child a little further down the road

  2. Nanette says:

    A beautiful piece of work Mo. I’m curious about the chicken leg leather?

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Nanette))) I bought a 30cm square of that machine stitched chicken leg leather about 5 years ago from Birdsall Leathercraft in Botany and haven’t seen it since, they are moving to Taren Point in March and sell online, here’s the link

      • Nanette says:

        Oh thanks for the link Mo. Hope the beginnings of the Dark Box went well last night…..we had heavy rain ……hurray,……for most of the night, so no sight of the moon, just it’s energy and pull.

        • Mo Crow says:

          (((Nanette))) have all the leather on the the squares and have stitched the first front and back together, it’s working at this point in the hope for an elegant resolve, no rain down here but good to hear it’s happening up there!

  3. nancy says:

    (((Mo))) The things that you envision and create…amazing!

  4. Barry says:

    Hi MC – that is very wild. B

  5. Louise Watson says:

    You are so clever- the box is amazing. This could develop further with a second piece?

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Louise))) there’s enough chicken leg leather left for one more, not sure whether to make it a cube or a pod shape… these are the sorts of decisions I enjoy. In the meantime there’s a very minimal one for holding the dark in black Italian glove leather and vintage suede coming up next

  6. Nancy Krampf says:

    I Love this.!!!!!and you are quite right about these strange dark days. Sending Love and Light and whispered prayers.

  7. Liz A says:

    the feather inside made me laugh … a clink of my coffee cup to the ether … what a delight-full piece

    and chicken leg leather … really? Your creative pantry is an ongoing marvel

  8. Tina says:

    I totally believe this piece belongs in an art museum .. it screams to be seen.

  9. Marti says:

    Imagine that the chicken leg leather feels bumpy and gnarly and seeing it makes me want to touch it; a strangely beautiful texture. This chicken/egg box is like a warning system, maybe it has to do with the red X’s but it shouts watch out, the sky is falling and it is and the question is do we duck or do we put up an umbrella and carry on…

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Marti))) there is a strangeness to the chicken leg leather that reminds me of the chicken feet in a jar in a Voodoo shop in New Orleans when we visited there in 1999, one of the most deeply magical 24 hours of my life

      • Acey says:

        This is magnificent. Interesting before I saw the comments and references to both NOLA and Voodoo Child I heard the hendrix in my head. And could so well imagine two of these dancing like dice in the hands of of a conjurer there. It was almost psychoactive simple looking at the images. Especially love the inner box cording. It is shiver-perfect

  10. ravenandsparrow says:

    What a strange and delightful expression of the old question…which came first? The textures of the outside and the inside (you’re right about the chicken feet), the cubed box instead of smooth oval egg, the blood red stitching, the delicate feather….all ask questions and create new associations out of an old enigma. It makes me laugh at the linearity of my own thinking.

  11. fiona says:

    What an absolute marvel in all of its ways Mo – quirky, yet meaningful, and oh so interactive and tactile I imagine! But I must say I am hanging out for the work Holding the Dark. What a remarkable notion and one that we all need I think.

  12. Carol says:

    Oh Mo, this is exquisitely made and deeply meaningful. You never cease to amaze and delight. And seeing the wish bone reminded me of Ariel. ((((Mo))))

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Carol))) it’s the last of Ariel’s spatchcock wishbones, fortunately there’s still quite a few quail wishbones left to play with but for the integrity of the piece it needed to be from a chook!

  13. fiberels says:

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh !
    This is sooo special Mo !!! You did it again ! 🙂
    (chicken leg leather ?????)

  14. …there is good magic here Mo, it sings out!

  15. Judy Martin says:

    This is lovely, Mo xoxo

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