River of Moons (go with the flow) is finished

Posted: August 8, 2021 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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River of Moons (go with the flow) Mo 2020-2021
H22 cm W107cm
linen, silk & cotton cloths indigo dyed by Glennis Dolce (Shibori Girl Studios), Jude Hill (Spirit Cloth),
Ulrike Bogdan (Nemo Ignorat) and Jacinta Leishman (Spiral Dyed)
linen, silk and cotton threads, boar bristles, bangalow palm inflorescence, milk paint, white glass beads,
antique parchment stars
every knot and stitch is filled with memories of my best friend Julie RIP August 7th, 2020

  1. Nancy says:

    Oh Mo. The beauty here…the love you’ve expressed…a deep and heartfelt honoring for your dear friend. That last photo with the ladder to a single star – speechless. Sending love.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Nancy))) thanks for the good words, just edited the images so when you click on each photo you can see the details. I was having a go at using a stackable block in the new WordPress editor to see what happens, slowly getting the hang of it.

  2. shiborigirl says:

    Thank you for making me part of this glorious and loving tribute to your best friend. All the materials are exquisite and imagined by you. Every stitch holds your dearest and perhaps most difficult memories of and with her. Death of a loved one is such a personal journey. It’s so wonderful you were able to manifest it in this timeless piece.
    And so it is. XO

  3. Eliene says:

    There is sooo much to like/love about this/these piece/s Mo….the parchment stars are a favourite, the ladders always take me higher and the finished piece would feel amazing in ones hands. Julie would have loved it as much as you loved her. Blessings to you lovely lady.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Eliene))) Julie is missed by so many people all around the world, such a fierce brave friend with a heart as big as Phar Lap & the best sense of humour. The colours are a bit dark today with the clouded light from the gentle rain here in Sydney sharing my tears.

  4. Barry says:

    MC – great memory piece – one year seems to have been so long ago and such a short time ago – may you continue to have loving memories and visitations. B

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Barry))) one the the things Julie used to say to me over the years was “Mo, your hopeless! What would you do without me?” too true… but I think she would have liked this one!

  5. Rose says:

    Such a loving tribute to your dear friend. It’s simply gorgeous, Mo.

  6. Rene Walkin says:

    So beautiful, Mo. xx

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Rene))) one of the great delights of gathering all the pennants together for the dream was holding yours, those fine silk stitches and how the fabric was softened by your alchemy with avocado was such good magic!

  7. Marti says:

    It begins with a star and ends with a ladder to the stars, and in between, love and memory and joy and sadness and most of all, the flow of love for a dearest friend. The movement of this exquisitely stitched river of moons is a dance of remembrance that feels so alive, as Julie is in memory, and in hearts. And that ladder, why I can just see Julie at the top, gently waving that star at you, saying, I’m always here Mo, dancing in the moon beams, dancing on this beautiful path of memory,…

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Marti))) your beautiful words are helping me pick up the pieces into the next configuration of life without Julie’s good advice helping me get through it all, (she was a Virgo too) this getting old caper is certainly not for wimps, we have to be brave and look after each other in this time we have left.

  8. Margaret Johnson says:

    WOW ox

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Margaret))) the finest dots were stitched with that beautiful vintage Anchor cotton thread you so kindly sent and thanks again for the assortment needles, it’s amazing how using the right needle makes the work flow so much more freely. I have to use the magnifying lamp to thread them these days, somewhere along the line I think it was Julie advised needling the thread instead of trying to thread the needle and that there is a right side to the eye!

  9. Liz A says:

    it had somehow escaped my notice that the other side was/is velvet … I can’t help but imagine how comforting that must have been as you stitched …

    and your stitches, their variations honoring the variations in the dyed cloth, making something more of it all … their intricacies practiced on Rod’s jacket, now a fitting tribute to the intricacies of friendship with and memories of Julie

    thank you for sharing this creation of heart and hand with us … long may it bring you peace

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Liz))) joining Jude’s circle of cloth conjurors at Spirit Cloth has taught me so much about cloth and stitch and sharing our processes through the thicks & thins of life in the past ten years!

  10. debgorr says:

    What a beautiful way to hold on and to reach.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Deb))) When I was an art student back in the late 1980’s I asked the wonderfully inspiring glass artist Dana Zamecnikova where she drew the inspiration for her work.
      her answer has stayed with me ever since…
      “Where else can you put all the hopes, joys and sorrows in life but in your art?”

  11. Tina says:

    Over the Moon fantastic 😍

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Tina))) I just put it away, will photograph it again in the next little while when the light is better. I want to enter it in the Libris Artists Book Awards in Mackay, Julie would like that!

  12. Beth says:

    Mo, this embodies such an exquisite journey of healing. It feels grounded and yet ever reaching to the stars and through the veil. It’s so beautiful, I can only imagine what it feels like to hold it. Love.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Beth))) backing with the silk velvet changed the hand of the cloth so much & love how the boar bristles act like stays in a corset allowing the river to stand up and become a book. Look forward to working with the silk velvet for backing the cloth pages in the next project, A Book of Seasons. Your mother’s fine leather gloves are first though, I am going to deconstruct them to cut stars out of the pairs then reconstruct them with the white stars stitched into the black pair and the black stars stitched into the white pair. It will be challenging but if I can pull it off they will be beautiful and big enough for our much bigger hands of today!

  13. Dear Mo – what intricate beauty – the close ups are stunning. Wishing you love and strength

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Susi))) thanks for your good words, Old Man Crow’s iPhone takes such good photos and is so easy to use, my 12 year old Fuji still works but is becoming redundant! I need to take more photos in better light, they are all a bit too dark but suitable as they were taken through a veil of tears & rain…

  14. deemallon says:

    (((Mo))) this piece is a testament to how love can elevate a work and also to your witchy, beautiful skills as a crafter.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Dee))) love is the answer, the only talisman for the dream that was lost in transit by Australia Post was Julie’s and she didn’t have time to photograph it!

  15. A wonder . . . I have been sitting silently by watching this wonder appear at your fingertips. Such an honouring.

  16. grace says:


    especially the Flow of the river…..the feeel of it

  17. Lana says:

    Mo this work is truly exquisite. You must be so proud of yourself and your achievements. I do hope that I will be able to see your works in person one day.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Lana))) thank you for the good words, it’s been such a long time since we’ve seen each other in real life! How is your Angel Project going?

  18. wow
    i’m in tears ((Mo))

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Saskia))) as Jude’s mother transitioned and passed away back in 2013 she bravely stitched the journey of her heart out into the open making the spirit cloth she named Letting Fear Go. When she posted an image about it a year later I asked if she ever wanted to let it go I would love to look after it. In late 2015 it arrived on my doorstep, her deep integrity and generosity of spirit blows me away. I hung it on the inspiration wall in our bedroom to see as I wake up every day. All these years later it helped me record all the joys and sorrows that have flowed with losing Julie.

  19. Martine Bos says:


  20. Hazel says:

    A gorgeous glorious tribute to your beautiful friendship with Julie.

  21. vdbolyard says:

    wonderful piece

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Velma))) I am continuing to channel Julie’s Virgo spirit by cleaning every single thing down to the tiniest scrap of cloth, beads, feathers, drawings, etc and throwing out heaps, a deep clean that is so necessary after living here for nearly 13 years. This old lady of a house is feeling ever so much lighter & so am I!

  22. perlhuhn52 says:

    It seems to be fragile and strong at the same time, Mo! All the different thoughts that are woven in…. Love it! Doris

  23. Judy Martin says:

    Mo, I love this piece and it is such a signature piece for you. I would know that you had made this from miles away. It’s beautiful, a lovely tribute to your dear friend. Take good care of ur self during this lock down time in Sydney. xoxo

  24. fiona says:

    Oh Mo, your honouring of your dear friend Julie, through your innermost honesty and indelible you-ness; is a thing of beauty and a wonder to behold. Everything everyone has said, says it all. I love the idea of Julie sitting atop the ladder, sweeping and tidying and letting you know all is well. That the moon will wax, and it will wane. And the rhythm of life is our constant; and that our job is to look out for each other…

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