Old Man Crow details

Posted: October 31, 2022 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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Here’s some more photos of my Old Man Crow with some close ups of the details

wing tips & tail detail

eye, throat & shoulder detail

at home on the mantel with the Steampunk Crow
H 22cm L 30cm (beak tip to edge of tail) W 9cm
vintage leather, satin, velvet, lace, silk cord, silk Gütermann thread
with special thanks to Louise Saxton for her antique lace around the eyes, the wing tips and underfeathers

  1. Nancy says:

    Mo, Mo, Mo…amazing!! The close up looking could go on and on! We really liked the Steampunk Crow too 🙂

  2. Susan Bowers says:

    Really love both those crows Mo. Hope your new life is moving along smoothly and gently.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Susan))) I love being a Blackheathen, all my dreams have come true in this saddest most magical year of my life except one, my Old Man Crow has left the stage but as a long time friend said so wisely just after he died, “You must have so many great memories of your life with Rod that would never have been possible had you two not got together, so being able to cherish them for the rest of your life is the shining beacon of light that he has left behind for you – and everyone else that had the pleasure of knowing him.”

  3. Peggy McG says:

    Oh Mo! This is so wonderful! A pattern is just a pattern.. you have stitched love and life into this wonderful version of Old Man Crow!

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Peggy))) so many memories are surfacing, the next Old Man Crow is shaping up fast, finding old drawings going back to 2004 when the crows started calling loud and clear into my consciousness & discovering that the memory of those old drawings is much more clear than the reality… this teasing out of the Filigree of Memory is fascinating…

    • fiona says:

      What a wonder Mo. there is so much strength and character in this piece and I can’t wait to see the larger one! So good to have your heart and hands and eyes in sync once more, go well.

      • Mo Crow says:

        (((Fiona))) the next Old Man Crow is moving so fast, dreaming of plasma cut steel & blackened silver… a cardboard maquette will be a good way to start making it real, it’s all very exciting to be working again !

  4. grace says:

    just love. period. Beauty Full and Perfect and so so FULL of Crow Spirit

  5. Tina says:

    I can only imagine the love .. and tears that went into making this Crow. It is a beautiful tribute to all your treasured memories of Rod and the wonderful love you shared. Gentle hugs and love ❤️

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Tina))) here’s the paragraph from one of the chapters in “Earth Grief: The Journey into and Through Ecological Loss” by Stephen Harrod Buhner about the Filigree of Memory;
      “But in the internal world a great deal is going on. Everyone, no matter who or what they are, replays, over and over again, the events of the loss itself and the feelings that go with it. And there is a reason for this, an important one. As Parkes says . . .
      “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. It requires what appears to an observer to be a kind of obsessive review in which the widow or widower goes over and over the same thoughts and memories. [However] If the process is going well, they are not quite the same thoughts and memories, there is movement – perhaps slow – from one emphasis to another, from one focus to another.
      There are very subtle, tiny shifts, what Parkes describes as “fine-grained, almost filigree work with memory.” (What a beautiful line that is.) ”
      and where else to put all this remembering, the sadnesses, the joys, the wonders, the rage, the telling of the same old stories over and over again but into the art!

    • Tina says:

      Mo thank you for sharing this … all true it’s a slow never ending bittersweet journey!!

  6. Liz A says:

    the tilt of his head, that beady eye, and the curve in the beak … and can’t help but note, Louise’s lace brought “widow’s weeds” to mind … from the Old English wǣd (“garment”)

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Liz))) I am thinking of the drama of black lace, the mantillas worn by the Spanish widows contrasted with the stark stripped back to the bone paleness of grief and the passion of ruby red lipstick

  7. Beth says:

    Ah. Even better in better lighting. The lace adds so much. I know you learned a lot doing this. It will be interesting to see your large crow birthed.

  8. stitchingweaver says:

    Mo, Old Man Crow is wonderful. I am stitching on mine too. I loved all the fluffy feathers you used. The steampunk guy is a wonder too. I collect a lot of crows and raven pictures and will love adding my crow to the group… Hope you are taking good care of yourself. I love seeing your hiking pics and the new house you have. I think of you often Linda


  9. debgorr says:

    I see strength and love…

  10. Barry says:

    MC – the building of a great crow collection – love the steampunk crow as well. B

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Barry))) I thought I would take a break from working deep into the grief with the black on blackness of the crows & started stitching Ann Wood’s Dastardly Owl to give my eyes, heart & hands a rest. Yet find myself remembering nearly 40 years ago when I hatched a rescued Boobook owl egg from the nest we found when an old dead tree was taken down for firewood. I looked after little Owly for 3 weeks feeding him bugs & cut up frogs until a friend said he needed meat to thrive so I went to the butcher, bought some mince with ground up bone in it and he died from indigestion. It was the only time I have been a mother!
      This Filigree of Memory is bringing up so many things!

      • Barry says:

        MC – there are so many times one can be suddenly sideswiped – but we hold on to the beauty and joy to take us through the darkness. B

  11. Judy Martin says:

    your crow is so heart-opening beautiful and so meaningful. I send so much love to you my dear friend. Loss is something that takes a long time to work through – maybe forever. xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Judy))) thank you for your kind words, there are still days when I miss Roderick so much it hurts but there are so many good things happening too! Loving being a Blackheathen, the community has welcomed me and is very supportive, have started making new friends and connecting with the art scene. The spring bushwalking is the best magic and all the gardens in town with their cool climate flowers just keep amazing me with plants I have only seen in books. It’s a lot colder up here in the mountains than the inner city of Sydney but I have good heating, warm clothes & the air is so fresh and clean. Retirement is great fun, am making a spirit owl with Ann Wood’s owl sew along, allowing myself to work with another artist’s pattern is something I have never done til her crow sew along but having retired from exhibiting allows me to play! I want to make an electric blue leather Letter R cat next from An illuminated Book of Cats next, then a life size totemic crow but that will be next year.

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