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Once in a Blue Moon Mo 17
27cm D moon stitched with vintage Cintax mercerized sewing cotton on vintage blue suede from the 80’s
stitching detail
today I will have a go at making a papier mache mold in my iron wok to dome the leather & Old Man Crow (who is much better at mathematics than I am) worked out I will need 38 metres of 1.5 mm of round black leather cord or 57metres of 1mm round black leather cord to stitch a spiral basket form for the dark side of the moon
enjoy the Solstice wherever you are
Magic Days!

I was given this old hand stitched wedding dress to do something with… and it’s very confronting! I have never believed in marriage and don’t like wedding dresses but there is wonderful details and the heaviness of the satin in contrast with the tulle does ignite a few ideas about building castles in the air with dreams or planting it in the garden and growing a meadow of wildflowers through it… and brings to mind my fabulous sculptor friend Bronwyn Berman’s great reply to a conversation we were having via e-mail about making it in the art world;
“And what is made it or almost made it? My experience is that we make it then we unmake it. I think I’ve made it more than once but thought I hadn’t made it so kept wanting to make it, then when it had been unmade again I realised that I had made and not appreciated it, then think that really what I have now is making it then think I’m a deluded ‘has been’ who is too old to ever make it, and in any case couldn’t be bothered with too much of making it. I think we’re probably always making it, as soon as we make it the unmaking begins and when we’re unmade then we start making again.”
button detail, love the loops & the stains on the satin
hand stitching on acres of tulle for the train
unmaking this dress and transforming it into the stuff of dreams, perhaps even art will be a challenge but this is a start !

Once in a Blue Moon in process week 3 & 1/2 Mo17
stitching is helping me find some sort of sense of sanity in amongst all the lunacy…
this is a very strange year for our beautiful broken world

Woven in Winter at Sturt Gallery
woven forms in basketry, textiles and ceramics
June 11- July 23
Keiko Amenomori-Schmeisser/ Bronwyn Berman/ Patrice Cooke/ Karen Farrell/ Tracy Luff/ Tracey Mitchell/ Brooke Munro/ Catriona Pollard/ Shona Wilson
in the foreground is the amazing Pod forms of Tracy Luff made out of cardboard, hessian and wood
Woven in Winter gallery view
Bronwyn Berman with her woven wonders Reacher, Spindle & Seeker in the window
Spindle copper, casuarina root
Seeker copper, casuarina root, embedded river stone
Patrice Cooke
Fragile Fan and Silent Veins earthenware paperclay
Wall Piece I-IV porcelain
Patrice Cooke
Web Dreams earthenware paperclay
Keiko Amenomori-Schmeisser
Resting shibori & Japanese natural indigo dye on linen
Karen Farrell
Nesting Sites for Forlorn Species
stoneware, satin & crackle glazes, oxides
interwoven with palm fibre, pine needles, shell, silk fibres
Brooke Munro
Passing timber, wire
Shona Wilson
Diatom No.4 norfolk pine, seedpods, plastic
Diatom no.4 detail
Bronwyn Berman
Breathe in love through the heart
handmade paper, lyrebird feathers, echidna quills, beadslichen by mother nature

Once in a Blue Moon – Week 2

Posted: June 3, 2017 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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Once in a Blue Moon week 2 slow stitching lunacy Mo17
getting into the details one stitch at a time
the surface of the leather marked with the pyrography tool
the other side
am learning to use a thimble to avoid getting blood on the thread… I cut this bit out

listening & learning

Posted: May 29, 2017 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time, magic
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Holding Space, Weaving Place a yarning stick workshop and story telling gathering at the Australian Museum
Wiradjuri Elder Aunty Gail, Wailwan and Yuin man Millmullian (Laurance Magick Dennis) and Wiradjuri/Ngemba woman Nyimirr (Fleur Magick Dennis) showed us how to wrap the yarning sticks, add feathers and seed pods then Laura McBride, an amazing young woman with two degrees who is the curator for the First Australian Galleries sat with us & spoke eloquently about oh so many things… great food for thought, I especially enjoyed her analogy of how to hold space when the going gets tough like an echidna & just wait it out… Australia’s First People are so kind & generous with their sharing of culture, we enjoyed the listening & hope to see a treaty made respecting the rights of the people of this ancient land who have lived here for 50,000 years
Holding Space, Weaving Place is on again today and tomorrow from 1-4pm

the beginnings of a Blue Moon in that electric blue leather
a photo of the moon with the contrast increased by 70% to emphasize the details
details traced onto drafting film
tried stitching through the drafting film but the result was not good, couldn’t see what I was stitching so I went into town to get some white dressmaker’s carbon which didn’t work at all on suede (should have read the instructions…)
used a pyrography tool to burn the image into the leather
getting to know the surface of the moon
detail of the rough stitching made through the drafting film in contrast to the surface detail made with the pyrography tool
ready to start stitching for real
detail of fine stitching on the edge
this may take quite some time…
the concept was inspired by Judy Martin’s fabulous Ito Moon
I was sort of hoping to loosen up my mark making by scaling up but the marks are as small & detailed as ever…
here’s some sketches
that sea urchin/pod form on the right is simmering on the back burner, thinking  it could be quite large and made out of this blue leather too…
love the thought of a retractable ladder like Rapunzel