the Virgo Moon is finished for now for the River of Moons
the other side
now onto the Libra Moon’s balancing act
it needs boar bristles and beads to make a compass for this journey
stitched in, the boar bristles define the rays & they feel like bone stays in a foundation garment…
PS just added a bit more stitching in that wonky lower centre ray now I can move onto the Libra moon!
the 13 moons for this year long project are shibori indigo dyed by the queen of Moon Makers Glennis Dolce
the river cloth is indigo dyed by Ulrike Bogdan

we visited Jane Stapleford’s fabulous exhibition of curious creatures at Day Gallery

“Creatures have always sat for me in my mind.

They latch onto me with their eyes and images start to form. I see them not just in their native environment, but can easily be transported to the far off lands that have populated my imagination since I was a little girl.

In this exhibition, I chose to represent a cross-section of those environments that have been foremost in my mind over the last year. Probably affected by our current predicament, being restricted to home most of the time, my imagined spaces have become more intimate on the whole, although the odd swash-buckling monkey has found it’s way in somehow.”

JANE STAPLEFORD, SEP 2020
Jane took a break from painting to meet us in the gallery for a chat about her work and gave me her magical
‘Elf who wanted to be the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland’
Feeling very inspired with this magical being in our house!
Old Man Crow fell in love with The Thought Fox
and I got lost in the magic of Raphael and his Cabinets of Curiosity

Jane’s show is on til the end of September and it’s spring in the mountains!

Paul Higgs at Defiance Gallery

Posted: September 11, 2020 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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Paul Higgs Material Energy at Defiance Gallery is like visiting an archaeological dig of the soul
if you’re in town don’t miss it!

a Spring walk in the Botanic Gardens

Posted: September 6, 2020 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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it was a perfect day for a spring walk in the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens
the Sydney rock orchids were spectacular!
this display gets better every year as the orchids settle in with the stones
the cactus garden is a fabulous example of 60’s garden design influenced by the Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx
when I worked as a gardener back in the early 90’s we wore elbow length leather gauntlets to weed these beds
Uncarina grandidieri just starting to get it’s new leaves with the ever growing skyscrapers getting taller and taller by the year

I am stitching a river of blue moons by Glennis Dolce combined with a long piece of indigo dyed linen cloth from Ulrike Bogdan, this project will take 13 moons to make both physically and time wise
considering the nature of fluidity…

Fly Free Fearless Spirit

Posted: August 23, 2020 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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Fly Free Fearless Spirit Mo 20
you live on in our hearts
Julie Sellens
1953-2020

Fly Free Julie

Posted: August 8, 2020 by Mo Crow in friends, It's Crow Time
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Fly Away Rod Morgan © 1975
Kalang River
a tiny moonboat ready to sail away
Penny’s altar for Julie with a photo from 1983
Julie was my best friend, she was very funny, so brave, had a heart as big as Phar Lap and always spoke her mind
she passed away yesterday at 12:40 pm
Fly Free

the second wave of the Covid-19 virus is happening here in Australia, masks are now mandatory in Melbourne so we needed to make some as the paper surgical masks we bought back in March have been ok but I thought I would try a simple pattern
hand stitched from two 15 year old singlets that had seen better days
the black reverse of the musical note mask is cut from an offcut from an Old Man Crow t-shirt
edge detail of two different ways to bind the edge
who is that masked man?
Old Man Crow in his ever mending jacket
I won’t tell you how many days these two simple masks took to make but they were a good distraction in this sad week for our good friend Julie who is ready to leave this mortal coil“May the long time sun shine upon you,
All love surround you,
And the pure light within you
Guide you all the way on.”

Incredible String Band from a long time ago

the bush is recovering after the devastating fires last summer
Banksia serrata needs fire for the seed to germinate
the new growth is promising
but there is still a long way to go
Cathy got this photo of me taking a photo on the Fortress Ridge track
the clouds were making it a tricky day for catching the light!

a walk in the park

Posted: July 15, 2020 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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on Monday we went for a walk in Sydney Park to the wetlands
the cygnets are nearly grown up
their parents have moved to the next pond and are building a new nest
a friendly Willie Wagtail
photos courtesy of MTC
that same Willie Wagtail showing off his fabulous white eyebrow
photo courtesy of Old Man Crow