On Saturday evening we danced with the spirits of place in Camperdown Park to the sounds of DJ Semper-Fi with the magic of Gabrielle Bates and the local community for Dub Circle -The Dark Procession. Part of EDGE Newtown, the site activation turned the historic rotunda into a sound beacon that called to the spirits and critters of the park. Dub Clown Witch Anarchy Magic ensued. The project was made possible with an Inner West Council Arts & Cultural Grant.
Lulu Cat face painter extraordinaire
Anna Schiff with one of Gab’s totemic Unloved Everythings
Unloved Everythings by Gab Bates
dancing with the spirits of place
wild things dancing
gathering the energies
DJ Semper-Fi in the rotunda
the magic of music
photos by Jodie Barker Photography
you can see lots more in Gab Bates Dub Circle album
Magic Days!

namaste

Posted: November 8, 2019 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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water lilies at the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens
thanks to everyone for helping me get back to the here and now
namaste

lost the plot

Posted: November 5, 2019 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time

a very tight attempt at making a loose patch following Jude Hill’s Patchwork in Perspective parts 1 & 2
on this bad moon rising I have thrown in the towel, for the first time this century I am feeling lost with my artwork, the drawings are flat and the stitching is getting so tight I need to use pliers to pull the needle through, a few things have worked since the dream but most simply don’t. If I can’t find my way out of this hole by March next year I will cancel the Sayonara Sydney show that is scheduled at Artsite for March 2021 when I will turn 66 & be eligible for the Age Pension. We’re still gardening for a living here in the Big Smoke whilst dreaming of moving to the Blue Mountains, looking forward to breathing fresh air, making whatever art and music happens and going bushwalking every day… one day… in the not too faraway…
“Memory is a landscape watched from a moving train”
p 139 The Book of Chameleons by José Eduardo Agualusa

NB these small patches are made with some loose planets bought from Jude Hill’s Threadcrumbs shop last year & backed with linen indigo and pomegranate dyed & screenprinted by Ulrike Bogdan

The Untethered Fibre Artists : Found Narrative exhibition opened last night
Pam de Groot
First You Must Burn
90 x 80 x 40 cm – variable
Merino wool wire, cotton thread
Felting, machine embroidery
“When the nest becomes too small a bird is ready to spread its wings and fly” Matshona Dhliyawo
Jane Bodnaruk
A Process of Vignettes
2.0 x 1.8 x 0.22 m variable
Second-hand shirts, fabric, embroidery threads, embroidery hoops, polyester film
Hand stitch
“In 2016 I sketched my handmade rope from Rope Journey once every week for 37 weeks primarily in pencil on paper. I added fabric and stitch to these sketches toward the end of the journey.
In 2019 I have focused on fabric and stitch as a process of creative discovery. I wanted to discover if the process of working straight into fabric with needle and thread could be effective as an alternative and/or accompanying tool of process for me in finding the narrative.”
Jane Bodnaruk
Unpacked (detail)
130 x 85 x 40 cm
Vintage embroidered tablecloth, vintage embroidery, muslin, fabric, embroidery threads
Hand stitch
‘There are two sides to every story’
Denise Lithgow
Amphora & Amphoriskoi
3 Amphora – 110 x 40 x 27cm, 92 x 42 x 27cm, 83 x 33 20 cm
3 Amphorsikoi – 77 x 37 x 20 cm, 76 x 36 20 cm, 72 x 36 x 20 cm
Merino and crossbred wool, yarn, silk, wire, polyfil, matt varnish
Felting, eco-dyed with Australian flora – Eucalyptus nicholii and Grevillea Moonlight
Carolyn Cabena
Under the Canopy
170 x 110 cm
Cotton, hessian, naphtol and fibre reactive dyes, wax
Silkscreen printing, hand stitch
Under the Canopy detail of Monstera leaves
Cathie Griffith
Conversations
137 x 97 cm
Recycled fabric, tulle, acrylic paint, thread, beads
Painting, stitch
Conversations detail
Kirry Toose
The Curious Minds Anthology
Lost & Found
175 x 100 x 100 cm
Flyscreen, boning, latex, rubber matting, silk, cotton
Silkscreen printing, applique, hand and machine stitch
‘Every artwork takes on its own narrative, finding itself and then becoming illusive in its intent. This wearable creation is the journey of being ‘lost and found’-that clarity of a concept at midnight, losing the intent at the light of dawn.
A lifetime of chasing memories which fade in and out of time and place.’
fabulous details
Kirry Toose
The Curious Minds Anthology
The Other Side – the mechanics of observation
175 x 100 x 100 cm
Flyscreen, boning, metal, silk, cotton
Silkscreen printing, applique, hand and machine stitch
Referenced within the work is a collection of narratives exploring the juncture between facades, metaphors and structure. The form is bound to both the body aesthetic and functionality of the wearable.
The translucent yet strong surface cloth represents the intangible memories of a voyager. Its sometimes to reconcile that time of day – the mechanics of observing the in between – the light and shadows caught out of the corner of one’s eye and in the fleeting glimpses and silhoueittes of past recollections.
The Other Side detail
love those big hooks and eyes!
there is so much more to see so get along if you are anywhere near Sydney
there are lots more photos on Facebook & Instagram

Sculpture by the Sea 2019

Posted: October 28, 2019 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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Never Alone Throne Wayne Z Hudson
steel, powder coat
390 x 140 x 190 cm
was the first piece to catch my eye
Silence # 1.2 Pimpisa Tinpalit
wooden doors, rope
180 x 600 x 600 cm
I feel it is my duty as an artist to find harmony between the moments of absence
In the Grey of Daybreak
Koichi Ishino
stainless steel, granite
230 x 200 x 200 cm
Ouroboros Charlie Trivers
carved laminated eco ply, eucalypt offcuts
350 x 100 x 100 cm
‘Ouroboros’ is an ancient infinity symbol of constant rebirth and renewal. This sculpture is carved and constructed out of timber, responsibly sourced and recycled. Metaphorically the sculpture materially is carbon stored and given a new cycle of life.
Ouroboros detail
2030 Sam Hopkins
aluminium
580 x 430 x 353 cm
A sight that will soon be all too familiar; a looming skeleton of this once great life giver, now destroyed by the lives it had supported. By 2030 the threat of climate change to ecosystems and the bioclimatic limit of trees will be irreversible.
Capture and Store
Stephen King
siver top stringy bark, blue gum
500 x 300 x 300 cm
A hurricane raged through my district and tore down a million trees. Trees have been taking carbon out of the atmosphere and storing it away since life began. Any significant tree loss counts. “Capture and Store” is a memorial.
Eclipse Lucy Barker
salvaged electrical cables, steel, nickel, cement, hebel block
215 x 125 x 125 cm
One body moves into the shadow of another – E-waste is painstakingly reassembled, designed to spin on its own axis and meet the sky.
Eclipse
detail
Transience Cave Urban
bamboo
400 x 800 x 1600 cm
love how these large woven domes nestle in the landscape so lightly & sustainably, they give me hopeSculpture by the Sea

Too dark?

Posted: October 21, 2019 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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Too dark? Mo19
H 36.5cm x W 36.5cm
black glove leather & black leather cord stitched with black linen thread over papier maché mold with grape vine tendrils & embroidered text on vintage black suede over board
words by Rod Morgan from his song “Too dark?” which will be recorded when he is feeling better

time out for healing

Posted: October 15, 2019 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time

Old Man Crow was very sick last week, ended up going to emergency at RPA on Thursday afternoon after the GP found blood in his urine sample. The CT scan showed a 5mm kidney stone stuck 3/4 of the way down the ureter, so they put him on IV antibiotics and then bypassed the stone with a stent on Friday afternoon. They sent him home on Saturday and he is slowly feeling better but will have more procedures over the next few months before he is all clear, will know more at the end of the month when he sees the urologist again.
Everyone at RPA treated him with such amazing grace, good humour and compassion, doctors and nurses are angels in disguise for sure
will be a bit quiet here in It’s Crow Time
namaste