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honouring with Honesty

Posted: April 27, 2017 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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the Honesty seeds planted on the 11th of April are sprouting on Ariel’s grave
three tiny seedlings emerging
Honesty seedlings sown on the Equinox

a memento mori for Ariel

Posted: April 14, 2017 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time, magic
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A memento mori for Ariel, a talisman for Old Man Crow to hold onto, on Wednesday I began by stitching together a bundle of Ariel’s shed whiskers, tried adding some of his claw sheaths but that didn’t feel right, a white feather didn’t work either, tried binding the shard of a broken pot I found as we smoothed the earth in the hole for his grave but that wasn’t right either…  this morning my favourite sea worn piece of driftwood felt good so I lit a stick of incense holding Grace of Windthread’s one line poem “we are burning Karma and it smells like incense” in my heart for the making
Old Man Crow woke at that moment, Ariel had just visited him from the bardo
Ariel’s whiskers & Old Man Crow’s Bandaged Heart bound to my favourite sea worn piece of driftwood
you, me and the Ariel P in our moonboat
with so much love tonight under the waning gibbous moon

The Letter U from An illuminated Book of Cats © 2010

Carolyn Skinner of Oz Arts Magazine wrote a glowing article about our Crow Book!
now what was it that Dickens said ?… ah thank you Google
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”
isn’t it funny (as in odd rather than hilarious) how this is the saddest week of my whole life and the most exciting all at the same time!
On Monday Madeleine of Artsite Gallery sold “Honesty” in ” The GPS has no idea where I am going”
x fingers Dark Moon with Ladder sells too!
the show continues til the 23rd

PS we are missing Ariel so much but all the heartfelt good vibes from around the world are helping heaps

Vale Ariel P. Cat 1999-2017

Posted: April 12, 2017 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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Vale Ariel P. Cat 1999-2017
fly free noble friend

one night many years ago Rod (aka Old Man Crow) read this poem by Paul Gallico to Ariel

Ode To Honourable Cat

I am Cat.
I am honourable.
I have pride.
I have dignity.
And I have memory.
For I am older than you.
I am older than your Gods;
the Tree Gods, the Stone Gods,
the Thunder & Lightning
and the Sun Gods
And your God of Love.
I too can love
But with only half a heart
And that I offer you.
Accept what I am able to give
For were I to give you all
I could not bear your
inevitable treachery.
Let us remain honourable friends.

he looked up from his book with a tear in his eye & said to Ariel,
“I understand you can only give me half your heart.”
Ariel looked him straight in the eye & purred,
“It doesn’t work that way!” and gave him all his heart.

this beautiful photograph was taken by Madeleine Tuckfield-Carrano on Monday

Book  of Honesty Mo17
27cm H x 22cm W x 2cm D
bradel binding, relief sculpted spine, Moulin de Larroque handmade watercolour paper over boards
illustrations graphite and ink on Moulin de Larroque handmade watercolour paper, stitched Lunaria pods
this book has given me so much…

The Book of Honesty Mo17
27cm H x 22cm W x 2cm D
bradel binding, relief sculpted spine, Moulin de Laroqque handmade watercolour paper over boards
it’s almost finished!
here’s a link to see all the double page spreads of Honesty
I love making books, this is the most elegant one yet!
here’s how it went together
each double page spread was first sewn onto 5 linen tapes
a paper stitching pattern with an arrow indicating the top of the page
the spine is strengthened with acid free PVA & muslin between the tapes, then gently rounded with a hammer
the tapes are frayed and glued down to make a smooth interface then cut the text for the spine casing
preparing the covers
the front cover attached, inside edges need trimming and sanding before lining
(those red marks on the white lining are the bit of blood that all my work seems to require)
back cover attached ready for trimming and sanding
front & back covers are lined
there’s still some finishing to do, will post the finale when it’s ready!

Richard and Old Man Crow exploring 100s of hand cut objects in  Grinding (2013-16) by Yang Mushi
The Dark Matters at White Rabbit Gallery
Richard photographing the zeppelin blowing up in this surreal multilayered photo-video-“painting”
Infinite Landscape 2011 by Yang Yongliang
“The ancients used landscape to convey feeling,” he says. “I use landscape to criticize society”
sublimely carved marble reflecting in AIP-PF (2004) by Chang Nai-Wen
Water Drops (2014) by Kung Wen-Yi and Ko Yu-Cheng
“The artists (each of whom made half the work) celebrate rain as an analogy for the creative imagination. Just as water is the universal solvent and the source of life, they say, so the imagination is an all embracing source of ideas, which must be contained and channeled just as water is.”
beautiful, deep, sublime
so much to reflect on