getting my mojo working!

Posted: September 29, 2022 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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Beth Brennan of Still Life Pond sent me these vintage gloves back in 2019, when I started deconstructing them I thought they could become a crow somehow, one day. Beth gave me a gentle nudge in that direction last week with a link to Ann Wood’s ‘Crow Sew-Along‘, inspired I bought her crow pattern

& started gathering all the black leathers, velvets, satins. silk & lace around the place and laid them out on the studio floor

Beth’s mother’s gloves will make the wings for my crow!

have cut out the pattern and underlay for the body & am ready to start stitching it all together when I finish this post! My good friend, the amazing sculptor Bronwyn Berman has been staying 5 minutes walk up the road, looking after the equally amazing sculptor Margarita Sampson’s trio of Siamese cats while she’s seeing Paris, the Venice Biennale and more!
Bronwyn and I have been hanging out, making things at the kitchen table whilst drinking copious cups of tea and catching up on life, the universe and everything. She sparked me along to finish this Blue Moon from Glennis Shibori Girl that I started stitching on the March Equinox!

Filigree of Memory I was stitched and unstitched, then stitched and unstitched repeatedly, over and over from the March Equinox to the September Equinox 2022, this is such a long strange trip … with so many memories of Old Man Crow held in each of those tiny stitches and knots, finishing it with Bronwyn’s encouragement and great sense of humour has got my mojo working again at last! Just finished reading “Earth Grief: The Journey into and Through Ecological Loss” by Stephen Harrod Buhner, a book that everyone who has a heart should read. I am hanging this next body of work which will take me the rest of my life on this quote:
“The process is difficult, time-consuming, and painful. It seems that emotional acceptance can be achieved only as a consequence of fine-grained, almost filigree work with memory.”
and talking of memory look at this filigree work in the Wind Eroded Caves !

Bronwyn and I climbed up to sit for a bit with the ancient stone

true friends are rare treasures, Bronwyn both encourages & challenges my work as well as making me laugh a lot with her great sense of humour!
This month she became officially Dr Bronwyn Berman or Doctor Bee to me, love this photo !

photo courtesy of Dr Bronwyn Berman

Thanks for everything my friend!

  1. deemallon says:

    Cannot wait to see that crow. And I can’t tell you how glad I am to read those words, “got my mojo working”!

  2. dinahmow says:

    So happy for the return of the mojo, Mo. ((Mo))

  3. Lana says:

    Thank you for sharing. You do inspire me. Can’t wait to see the crow creation❤️

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Lana))) spring has well and truly sprung up here and there is so much happening down in the Big Smoke with amazing art exhibitions coming up but I just want to walk with the beauty of these mountains and make this Old Man Crow with Roderick’s spirit shining strong in my heart !

  4. Bronwyn says:

    You are most welcome Mo, I have also renewed mojo, its been such a lovely ten days!!

  5. shiborigirl says:

    wow… wonderful photos! and cheers to mojo and to Dr B! love the outcome of the filigree moon. the crow will be a special “mo” version!

  6. Wayne Arthur Snowdon says:

    Great looking studio Mo! Dr Berman certainly has your mojo going haha…what a lovely spot in the world you have ended up in.

  7. Pete says:

    Thanks for the incredible photos (yet again) what a diverse and inspiring region you are living in; wonderful for an artist as you to feel inspired and to just be in powerful Nature.
    Loved the photo of Bronwyn and the tip about Stephen Buhners book
    Great to feel your energy circulating
    Love Pete

  8. Peggy McG says:

    So inspiring! Beautiful art in progress and that blue with Red moon bag! And then a mix of nature and a great friend.. such a happiness in your voice. It rubs off! Thanks!

  9. Eliene says:

    Have to agree with Pete. So good to see your work again. Thanks Dr B. for being there foryou, with you. Just love those pics of the area esp. where u r sitting. So looking forward to seeing the crow finished. Do you have black silk for stitching. I have some I could send you. So happy you have your mojo back……you truly are an inspiration.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Eliene))) I have a hank of black silk here, tricky stuff ato knot as it catces on my ragged old fingernails but lwonderfully soft to work with, how is your crow going?

  10. Nancy says:

    Such a great post Mo! I spent a long while at Ann Wood’s place…and then here, studying everything. Such blessings, friendship, natural beauty and inspiration…all sure to get your mojo going! That rock in the pic above the words that begin “true friends are rare treasures,” looks like dyed cloth to me. Just gorgeous! Can’t wait to se your crow becoming and so glad to see your studio in action! xo

  11. Margaret Johnson says:

    Magic moments Mo, love Marg…ox

  12. Liz A says:

    Mo … so much good-ness here … how interesting that I recently came upon a beautiful bit of Bronwyn’s making in my “studio” space and now see her here, such a knowing look in her doctoral eyes …

    and Ann Wood’s creations are so fascinating … I long ago downloaded a ship pattern of hers … it waits for the someday to come

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  14. Beth from Still Life Pond says:

    (((Mo))) Can feel the sap rising as you enter spring. Glad you’ve had some time with your friend Bronwyn and congrats to her. Those cliffs are incredible. The nudge was mutual. I’m going to attempt the crow as well. Dug through my cloth and found some black cotton, wool, satin, and patterned black cotton prints. Still pondering which might go where. Love.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Beth))) I have used some of your Mum’s exquistely fine glove leather but want to scale up to make a life size crow to use the fingers of her gloves to full advantage, this first one is in miniature, Australian ravens are big birds!

  15. Barry says:

    MC – ancient stone speaks in so many ways – but sitting with the silence of stones is so calming and so full of strength and hope. B

  16. debgorr says:

    Hooray! 🙂 Looking forward to your crow. I have a few of Ann’s patterns, someday I’ll get there…

  17. Hazel says:

    So good to feel your mojo energy! Imagining that your crow will hold great magic for you and share wise old stories.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Hazel))) x fingers I will post again soon with some photos of the wonder of spring here in the mountains & my ridiculously slow process with making my Old Man Crow!

  18. Saskia van Herwaarden says:

    whatever it takes to get back into it! your friend Bronwyn sounds like the best friend you could wish for
    I too look forward to this Crow
    and I’ve just followed the link to Ann Wood, such an amazing artist

  19. Marti says:

    Late to commenting but what a joy to see your forthcoming crow from the gifts of a friend; to see your dear friend Bronwyn, sharing space and time and walking with you, inhaling the magic of your special home. Your mojo was always there but now, it has had time to settle, consider, and then rise up to bring forth, again, its usual astonishing power…love to you dear Mo as you bring alive, this amazing Crow…

  20. The buoyancy of this post has clearly warmed the hearts of all of your friends, including me. Its great to see you diving into a new project. I look forward to your crow and all the crows that are materializing now. My thanks to Dr. Berman and all the people who have been there to support you in your grief, and thanks also to the ancient stone for grounding you.

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