Archive for the ‘The Gathering’ Category

“Fluttering and Stars on the altar. The peace of this….such love medicine”
beautiful photo & words from Grace Forrest Maestas of Windthread

Dotti’s LITA is holding her piece of starry palm inflorescence and the section of blue branch
and a formal studio shot, she is dreaming of traveling to Germany soon !

namaste
The ripples of love as the pennants and talismans make their way home are keeping The Dream alive
here’s links to
ripples post 1
ripples post  2

The previous ripples post was getting very long and WordPress started getting wobbly about it all so
I will keep updating this post as everyone sends back photos of where their pennant or talisman has settled
to keep the dream alive!
René Walkin’s beautiful pennant has arrived home safe and sound
“Thank you for the return of my pennant and mementos from your beautiful exhibition. It was a privilege to be a part of such an inspirational event.
Thank you again for including me. I wish you and Old Man Crow a wonderful year.”
With blessings to you both, Rene

Beth Brennan’s Tree of Life pennant is home at Still Life Pond where she posted these beautiful photos and words
“The Tree of Life pennant is back home again after her journey to the other side of the world. The circle has opened but remains unbroken.
She rests at the base of the black oak that was our muse.
Thank you so much @mocrow2016 it was an honor to take part in your installation and in such fine company.
I dream of a world where love is the answer. 💙
(And thank you, Mo, for the talismans, lace, and tulle. I’ve been contemplating a piece they might work in, and so might continue…)”

Dana Webb’s alchemical dream is settling in from her travels
Dana posted these beautiful words and photograph on her latest post at Raven & Sparrow
“The tide of love has washed across the world and returned, collecting and focusing bits of imagination, design skill and artistic execution into something larger than themselves. Mo Orkiszewski from Sydney Australia orchestrated this wave, sending strips of satin cut from an old wedding dress to fiber artists in Australia, North America and Europe, bidding them to embellish the fabric in their own ways upon the theme “I dream of world where love is the answer”. Slowly the pennants drifted back to her across the oceans, changed by the efforts of the people into whose hands they had been entrusted. Mo added her own extensive skills to the gathering and amalgamation of these highly varied pieces (including a beautiful selection of tiny talismans) and produced a soaring installation that evoked a proud ship under sail, flying the flags of love. I am so grateful to have been included in this project and so touched by the exquisite individual expressions of a universal principle gathered into a clarion impossible to ignore.
Now, the crescendo has been reached, and the tide is receding. The installation is disassembled and the pieces are wafting back across land and sea to the hands that took them from scrap to statement. Mine came home yesterday, wrapped in clouds of tulle and accompanied by bits of branch still bearing stars from the larger piece. It has changed during its absence, as travel changes us all, and carries the vibrations of its experience which has enhanced its meaning a thousandfold. Thank you Mo. Thank you everyone.”

Marti Weisbrich has been working on her Bosque cloth that will include the lace from the dream
“The lacy bits from the dream have been swaying in the wind behind my pennant but they are starting to tear a bit at the bottom so I brought them inside. Looking at them, holding them up to a window has given me an idea on how to use them in a cloth:
I’ve been working on a cloth that I have named, Bosque. Bosque is the Spanish word for woodland and in New Mexico, we have many bosques; they are defined as forest habitat along river banks in the southwest. I’ve pinned a cloth that shows my interpretation of the undergrowth, the rich riverbank soil and on top, the trees and vegetation that grows from the riverbank. In looking at this pinned cloth, I wondered how it was years ago when settlers built their homes, some I’m sure, along the river. What did they see as they looked out of their windows? If they had curtains on their windows, were they made out of prized lace? Your lace pieces reminded me of curtains so they are now floating in a glass jar, infused with tea and will solar dye for a few days to get an old, weathered look. My intent, once my Bosque cloth is stitched, is to then assemble these gossamer bits of cloth, over the top, stitching only the top so they can float like curtains caught in a breeze, overlooking the bosque…fanciful to be sure, but maybe I can pull it off!!
Here is a photo of my pinned Bosque cloth on my clothes line. I use my clothes line as my studio wall. On top of the ledge is the glass jar with the tea dyeing lace cloth and you can see some grapevines that I pruned and left to dry. I use them to hang my cloth collages.”
For continuing the dream, Marti

Susi Bancroft’s beautiful dream of a pennant is home
she posted this photo and words on her blog
“I was so honoured and delighted to have work in Mo Crow‘s extraordinary and magical project I dream of a world where love is the answer and Exhibition Have a browse through the posts which give the story and journey and there is a catalogue of work to view. What an achievement Mo! It is a richly rewarding read.. The experience of joining in was wonderful!
I talked about my ‘I dream of a world’ pennant on this blog, and off it went on it’s voyage of love to add to the power and strength of the dream.
Now – here it is after winging it’s way across the world back home to me…
Perfect timing as I am about to start the natural dye cycle again – the dandelions are shining golden and the first solar dye bath is about to begin. The dream lives on around the world, the circles continue to ripple and to sing out to share ways to nurture our beautiful world..”

Hazel Monte’s ‘Love Can Mend’ is enjoying the spring sun in her garden
these beautiful photos and words are posted on her Handstories blog
“The “Love Can Mend” pennant is back from being a part of Mo’s powerful installation of love, “I Dream of a World Where Love is the Answer“.  Mo’s vision, talents and magic gathered together love and hope from around the world.  I wish I could have been in that room and have been surrounded by the energy of it all.
There is some weariness going on here, just as there was in the making this, and remembering what I wrote, back in November, when sending it off to Mo, ‘…maybe this is how it really is. This work and struggle for peace, healing the earth, trying to find a way through-  It doesn’t usually happen because everything is a calm and hunky-dory garden of sweet peas and roses. The ripped and rough places show us what’s really going on, and call to us for mending.  For most of us, we do what we can with what we have.  Piecing together whatever kind of inner scraps we might have within. And just maybe, all of the frayed worn bits can be brought together and worked into a kind of wholeness again.
While I’m sad that the gathering is over, it’s been good to have it back, as a reminder that there is love and beauty in mending.
Mo’s generosity continued with the added gifts of one of her brilliant stars, bit of blue and a cloud of wedding cloth (I see some sails in there…).  And while wrapping the ties in the tree for photos, there was a sudden movement to the left, turning my head, there was a hummingbird mid-air,  eye-level, within arms reach.  We looked at each other for a split second before it zipped away, another gift.
A heart-deep thank you to Mo and the Gathering, oxo.”

Patricia Spangler’s wild pennant has arrived home safe and sound
“Your project undertaking/exhibit was absolutely and profoundly beautiful. Heartfelt gratitude for being part of this international community and outpouring of love. Sending much love to you , Mo, … across the water and through the ethers. Part of the same fabric, we are, and so we go…one stitch at a time. She’s home now and the stories she could tell. But for now, I’m happy she’s attached to my spirit stick, bringing Love to our environs. Namaste.”
here’s the link to Patricia’s website Language of Leaves

Saskia van Herwaarden’s talisman is hanging out at home in The Dwelling
Saskia posted the story with wonderfully whimsical photos and words
“…They enter under the talisman I made for Mo’s exhibition, which I now realize as I’m typing this, you can barely make out in this photo; I had not expected it to come back, but there it was accompanied by treasures from Mo, such as the flowery gauze, a handwritten note, the exhibition’s invitation and……..
…..the White Star she made, as can just be glimpsed in the image below, in OBK’s reception room
there’s lots more to see & read over on her latest post!

Jude Hill’s Love Takes Time pennant is home
Jude posted this beautiful  photo over on Spirit Cloth
her needle left in the cloth says it all
namaste

Cathy and Sarah’s pennants hanging at home in the Blue Mountains

so good to see Judy Martin’s beautiful Beating Heart back home on her studio wall
namaste

The ripples of love as the pennants and talismans arrive home are keeping the dream alive
here’s links to
ripples post 1
ripples post  3


So good to see Martine’s beautiful pennant has arrived home in The Netherlands safe and sound! The circle is complete, the spell is cast, all the pennants and talismans are on their way back to their makers around the world. Making the dream was the most beautiful ride on a huge wave of love that has now brought me gently to shore. The circle will keep rippling with love for our beautiful broken world.

I will keep updating this post as everyone sends back photos of where their pennant or talisman has settled to keep the dream alive!

Nanette Gilbert’s talisman has arrived safely in northern NSW
“I’m just sending this pic of the talisman with the lace and tulle, that for now, I’ve draped and pinned to a couple of my small art quilts, otherwise it all disappears into the cream wall behind. (Actually, now that I look at the photos again, I really like the red hearts showing through from behind) I have an idea of making them into something more permanent, stitching them to a backing so the fine lace and tulle can be clearly seen. I have some silk scarves my son brought me from Darjeeling, that he was given when he stayed in a Nepalese homestay, and I feel to give substance and depth to the finery will be a good use of these.
It was wonderful to be part of The Dream, and for my talisman to be in such good company, soaking up the love and energy, and now returned home.”
Namaste
Nanette

Els put this photo of her pennant and talisman up on her blog today along with some beautiful early spring flowers & wrote in an e-mail;
“Yesterday your package arrived safely here in Holland, Thank you so much ! The piece feels like it brought home lots of vibrations and good will of all the other pieces that surrounded it during your wonderful exhibition and of course of YOU ! I’m so happy with the extra pieces you included : they will surely find their way into other pieces I will make ! LOVE the piece of the blue branch and the many stars it surrounded !!! I will find a special place for them too 😉 You did a wonderful “job”, with your idea, the binding of the stitchers in a loving circle all around the world, and the realization of the artwork itself … magic !
(and I’m proud and grateful that I could be a little part of it)
Lots of love for you and Old Man Crow,
Els
PS Today daughter was here and saw that the pennant was back : she LOVED the heart-talisman with your WONDERFUL tiny stars around the blue branch .. I gave it to her 😉 She has a kind of small altar at home where she keeps several objects that mean a lot to her. She is a “Fire-Keeper”:
makes and tends to the fire needed for ritual sweat-lodges (Indian style) It is a good place for the heart to rest !

Tina Zaffiro’s beautiful talisman is back home, she just sent these stunning photos along with this note;
“Everything about this from start to finish has been magical. My heart is filled with such joy right now looking at how lovingly you have packaged all this OMGOODNESS .. by far being part of this journey has risen me to new highs in ways I cannot find the words for.
Thank you .. thank you!!
Love and Blessings galore to you and all who traveled this journey with me.”
Tina

Elizabeth Bunsen’s talisman has arrived in her lake house safe & sound, she wrote over on her instagram page
“deeply honored to be part of this”
Elizabeth knows how to photograph light!

Louise Watson’s beautiful pennant is home safe and sound in England she posted these photos over on her blog;
“Thanks to Mo the Mending the Sky pennant has come home on a tidal wave of love with some extras that will be cherished and the lace will be incorporated into my work at some point. So glad I took part in this amazing adventure. Thank you so much Mo!”

Dee Mallon’s pennant has arrived home safely too, she posted these photos over on her blog today
love the reflection in the mirror

Michelle Slater’s rose pennant & promise ring have arrived home safe & sound,
she posted these photos over on her blog

Marti Weisbrich’s pennant is home and flying in the winds of New Mexico
she sent these beautiful words & photos
“On this extremely blustery day, winds clocked at over 50 mph last night and almost there today, my pennant has arrived back home and Spirit is full circle. When I received the wedding dress piece, I took it outside, tied it to our ornamental pear tree and let the spirits of New Mexico surround and permeate the cloth. It hung on the tree in sun , in rain and in blustery winds because New Mexico is the land of unbelievable sky and fierce dancing wind. When my dyeing and stitching was complete, I again tied it to the tree to receive a benediction from this place before sending it to you. How fitting that it returns today, to the same windy conditions. After taking a photo of all that was contained in the package, I took the pennant outside to return it to its place, on the limbs of the pear tree but but this time, my pennant has been embellished because I stitched the wondrous little star and bit of blue armature to it and it danced in the wind, with joy, spirit and gratitude.”
“To my eyes, my pennant seems so much larger because it is filled with the love and connections from all who made up the Gathering. Wanting this to be full circle, besides hanging the pennant to the tree, I also hung the lace gifts on the backside of the pennant, completing the ritual forming the Circle of inclusion. We all connected and shared, guided by your vision Mo and now all across the globe, pennants and talismans are filled with an incredible magic and for that, I send you my deepest blessings: Below are some photos showing the return, the placing of the pennant to the pear tree and in one photo, the pennant has been whipped around by the wind as if to embrace the joy of gathered spirits. Thank you so much for the invitation Mo- you shine so much light and love in our world. Blessings from the spirit winds here in New Mexico”
Marti

Liz Ackert’s Mended Shell has arrived home safe & sound, she wrote with these beautiful words & photos over on her blog
“May the circle be unbroken…
The torn and tattered heart that journeyed around the world to be a part of Mo’s dream …
has returned to the nest …
Thank you Mo, for your vision and great heart … I will treasure the memory and the beautiful pieces you sent.
And thank you, Rod, for your music and a heart to match Mo’s.”
Liz’s beautiful pennant with all the words to I dream of a world where love is the answer stitched on the back will make the perfect birthday present for the man in June
thank you (((Liz)))!

namaste

The ripples of love as the pennants and talismans arrive home are keeping the dream alive
here’s links to
ripples post 2
ripples post 3

The closing ceremony for I dream of a world where love is the answer was an intimate affair with wine and good friends saying goodbye
this morning we deinstalled in record time!
cutting the thirty year old fishing line
the armature was held firm by the fishing line and started tilting so I quickly hopped up to release the ropes
unbuttoning the cloud of tulle
unpinning Michelle Slater’s pennant
unpinning the oddments
some were stitched in and needed cutting
releasing the ropes
gently letting down the last line
back home
pennants unbound
the blue branch holding the talismans and starry palm inflorescence deconstructed
Sharon Peoples lace heart deconstructed with a section of the blue branch
the clasp of the starry palm inflorescence
the cloud of tulle and lace curtain awaiting deconstruction dress form resting in the garden shed
garden shed
steel mandala back home in the garden
By April Fool’s Day I will send each pennant and talisman back home to its maker with a piece of the electric blue branch, the starry palm inflorescence,  the cloud of tulle, the antique curtain and deep gratitude for making this dream come alive, the spell is cast, the energy of the dream will keep rippling with love for our beautiful broken world.

namaste

Carolynne Skinner of Oz Arts Magazine has written a fabulous review for I dream of a world where love is the answer!
Closing ceremony is happening tomorrow afternoon at Artsite Galleries 3-5pm
namaste

more photos of I dream of a world where love is the answer
west side stories
Els Snieder, Glenda Chamberlain, Olga Cironis
Dee Mallon, René Walkin, Wendy Watson, Jane Bodnaruk, Jude Hill
Susi Bancroft, Dana Webb, Margarita Sampson
Marti Weisbrich
Cathy Wright, India Flint, Ulrike Bogdan
east side stories
Eliene St Romain, Jane Stapleford, Jo New, Bronwyn Berman
Bronwyn Berman, Liz Ackert, Judy Martin
South
Gab Bates Home Protection Amulet
Els Snieder Heart Talisman
Christina Cairns
Shona Wilson
Anita Larkin
Jane Milliken
Bronwyn Berman
Namaste by Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord
link to online catalogue for more details
see you at Artsite Galleries for the closing ceremony on Sunday 3-5pm

Michelle Slater’s jade promise ring for the dream shattered into 4 pieces on the first day of hanging when my knot slipped on the fishing line. I repaired it that night with a spare paper rose petal and red silk thread Michelle had sent along with her pennant to hold the heart of the dream
Bronwyn Berman photographing the dream yesterday afternoon
On Wednesday I looked after the gallery quietly sketching and listening to the dreams we have gathered together
Magic Days!
PS just went up to the gallery to take more photos
side view of the cloud of tulle held up by the starry gloves with pennants by Michelle Slater, Nancy Erisman, Beth Brennan, Penny Vickery and Maggie Brown along with oddments by Lizette Campbell, Liz Ackert and me
Nancy Erisman’s Book of Love
love how the colours of Patricia Spangler’s, Arlee Barr’s & Grace Forrest Maestas’ pennants sing together!
I promise to take more photos soon!