Posted: October 4, 2021 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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In all Honesty I looked hard at what I have done in the last month with these gloves and they are simply not working

time to put them away to incubate in the box of things that need to be reconsidered

I have learned a lot about how gloves are made and am especially impressed with the construction of the thumb but the leather is too beautiful to waste!

this talisman for focus is a good place to recalibrate

& drawing Honesty every day

  1. jude says:

    Nothing here is working lately.

  2. Liz A says:

    I can relate … just tried to make a better-fitting pair of pants out of two pairs of skinny jeans (purchased for $1 each) … a total failure

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Liz))) I was talking to a friend a couple of weeks ago who knows a lot about stitching and pattern making, she said “Mo that won’t work because you are only gaining a couple of millimetres by stitching round the edges of each piece and she was so right. They are about 2 inches too narrow for my big hands and trying to find someone with hands that are long but that narrow would be worth it if they were beautiful but sadly they are not… the leather is stunning, now that I have let the idea go that they need to be gloves they will become something new!

  3. dinahmow says:

    There are days, sometimes longer spans, when things don’t behave/turn out as you wanted.
    A friend in Canberra sent me some Honesty seed pods, which stood in a tall black bottle in the former kitchen.Looking a bit too tatty to be rejuvenated here, but if there are any seeds still viable I’ll try sowing them…

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Di))) this is the Honesty plant’s second year, it’s so much sturdier (it’s a biennial) & we have had such a kind spring. They grow like weeds in the Blue Mountains but have to be protected from the searingly hot sun & keep the root zone moist in the middle of summer here in Sydney.

  4. Nancy says:

    Sometimes letting go is a new beginning! They did have a tree-look for sure and the “focus” is gorgeous. xo

  5. Barry says:

    MC – there are times when we just step away until the universe lets us know what is required.Go well. B

  6. I have a pair of gloves in the incubator as well . . . maybe I’ll just admire their beauty as they are.

  7. ((Mo)) – I reckon those points of realisation make way for new creative shifts, sometimes with a pause so those ideas can simmer somewhere. Sharing your honesty is beautiful – thank you

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Susi))) am thinking of making a go bag to hold those few things that are really necessary for flight with these words from Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Page’ echoing tonight;
      4. If you decide to enter the page, take a knife and some matches, and something that will float. Take something you can hold onto, and a prism to split the light and a talisman that works, which should be hung on a chain around your neck; that’s for getting back. It doesn’t matter what kind of shoes, but your hands should be bare.You should never go into the page with gloves on. Such decisions, needless to say, should not be made lightly.
      Murder in the Dark
      Coach House Press 1983

  8. Marti says:

    Ok, this is a cliche but I’ve often found that when something doesn’t work out that it is good to remember that sometimes, it is the “journey not the destination: that is the lesson, the gift of the undertaking”. When that happens, I put away what I thought would work and in time, another vision unfolds and usually comes to life in a richer way than the original intent…

    And may I say that the while gloves with stars, Reaching for the Dream, is one of the most beautifully creative projects with a depth of heart that is truly outstanding.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Marti))) there were so many good discoveries in this making and unmaking of those tiny gloves & I still want to stitch Honesty into that soft leather… perhaps a little pouch to hold the talisman for focus…

  9. Beth says:

    It will come (or not). Perhaps not thinking glove will inspire a transformation. At any rate the learning of form and construction and appreciating fine craftsmanship was probably worth the effort so far. (I rather love that scar next to the thumb.)

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Beth))) loved the process of deconstruction and restitching your Mom’s exquistely tiny gloves but should have thought it out better, the originals were so beautiful. I learned so much about how gloves are constructed & the hand of the beautifully soft leather in the process!

  10. Beth says:

    Mo, tried to comment earlier but it seems to have gone poof. If you get two from me you can delete one. Perhaps a time out will give you new focus (or perhaps not). At any rate, the deconstruction process has probably been valuable and given you a chance to appreciate the craftsmanship. I’m thinking this leather might just be tired of being a glove. But I do rather love that scar near the thumb.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Beth))) I found your comments in the trash, have no idea how they ended up there but here they are and I’m keeping both comments as I love your thought that “this leather might just be tired of being a glove” ! am so happy that I can now stitch this fine leather free with Honesty ! Will see if the sides and edges and handle of the Honesty memory keeper/talisman holder/go bag will incorporate all the fingers, thumbs and edges or perhaps there will be a few more dream things that flow out of this!

  11. fiona says:

    I feel two emotions when this happens Mo – the frustration of realisation; and the relief that I can stop pushing so hard! A good discovery for you at this point, and now a bunch of little ideas will reform and pop their heads up and ask you the question what if? Enjoy the respite from troublesomeness and the discovery of new ways.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Fiona))) woke up at just past midnight knowing I need to stitch Honesty into that beautiful leather! Quickly cut the sleeves off, printed out a scan of my favourite drawing from the Book of Honesty (XI) reduced to A5, flipped horizontally & printed out again, then traced the essence of the lines onto drafting film and have them laid out on two pieces of the leather, will prick the drawings out with a needle tomorrow morning and start stitching a memory keeper/talisman pouch/go bag to hold Honesty.

  12. Eliene says:

    I do love how you wake up with some new wonderful plan to enable you to move on. A combination of drawing and stitching seems to be the ideal project for you. Your Talisman of Focus is beautiful…it reminded me of an angel wing….a broken one [the hole] but still perfect. BTW I was really happy to read that those starry gloves found the person they needed to be with. I have many favourites but they are the most, the best.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Eliene))) it was such a relief to wake up knowing what to do & then cut the leather, just holding back til the Dark Moon tomorrow before I really get going. Am so excited, it’s becoming a dream thing that I can hold in my hands and exhibit for the Collectors Choice show at Artsite, the deadline for photos is Nov 4th. The starry gloves are working good magic & x fingers all going well with my friend’s recovery from brain cancer they will end up being the centrepiece for an exhibition she is planning.

      • Eliene says:

        Glad to hear the gloves are working magic and how exciting that they be part of an exhibition again. Happy for the recipient of said gloves and also for you my friend…..the more people who get to see your amazing work is good for the earth…..LOVE!!!

  13. Saskia van Herwaarden says:

    time will most likely let you make a decision what to do with the gloves, although there’s no telling how long that will take;-)

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Saskia))) it’s just past midnight with the Dark Moon moving out of exacting Virgo into the balance of Libra, the Honesty memory keeper/talisman holder/go bag is well under way!

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