Fly Free Jo Fire Singer Star Woman

Posted: June 25, 2018 by Mo Crow in friends, It's Crow Time

A Candle by Mo“One candle gives light to another without itself ceasing to burn. The light which has been given to us burns all the brighter for being offered to others”
words found in an old church in England by my friend Jo New
Jo and I met in a shamanic Act of Power course back in 2004
a brilliant photographer, poet and healer
Jo Fire Singer
Star Woman

beautiful friend, wife, mother and grandmother with such a huge heart
Fly Free!
August 28th 1945 – June 21st 2018star drum made by Jo New 2005

Fairfarren Janet Clayton Gallery !
Heather Ellyard Continuum 6: hum with me the lullaby of stone
Heather Ellyard Continuum 6: hum with me the lullaby of stone (detail)
Heather Ellyard No word is ever abandoned
Heather Ellyard I will wait for you
Heather Ellyard There will be stones
Heather’s work goes straight to the heart of the matter, you can see more here
‘Every blade of grass has an angel that bends over it and whispers, “Grow! Grow!”*
In the oldest traditions angels do not necessarily take on human appearance, and have been associated with the forces of nature. They may pass by in a breeze, or in the ruffling of water, in fluxes and in movement of the forces that make up our earth.
*From Midrash – the collection of Jewish moral and ethical debate based on commentaries of the sacred text
Hanna Kay Shibboleth: Y
Hanna Kay Shibboleth: B
see more of Hanna’s exquisite paintings here
if you’re in town don’t miss this show, closes at 4 this afternoon
love this compelling Crow by Jody Graham at AD Space
Jody Graham Discarded
Jody Graham Discarded (detail)
Jody’s show finished yesterday you can see more of her work here
Lorraine Connelly-Northey
“works with seemingly unworkable materials – corrugated iron, chicken wire, barbwire and sheets of aluminium, which she manipulates into the forms of Waradgerie cultural objects such as narrbangs (string bags), digging sticks, possum skin cloaks and koolimans (bush bowls). Lorraine identifies strongly with both her Waradgerie and Irish familial histories and cultural protocol and intuition underpin her practice. Having recognised her own discomfort harvesting plant fibre for weaving, she sought instead to work with industrial and metal discards. Where we might see a secondhand mattress, Lorraine sees the circular springs within it, reminiscent of linear woven forms, and instantly recognises a narrbang.”
Measured Response NAS
Penny Evans
Both representational and metaphorical, Kamilaroi artist Penny Evans’ ceramic creations are embedded with dual meanings. At times an object takes the form of a matrilineal ancestor, at others, it becomes a constellation, but it is through the making process that Penny better understands how she is connected to them. As she creates her pinch pots she makes a lot of noise – tearing apart clay slabs, slapping, rolling and puncturing them with her fingertipsbefore pinching out the material in concentric motions. There is an ancestral familiarity with the earthly clay, a material that has always known our bodies. For Penny, the action of painting white slip/ underglaze onto a terracotta or black clay body is symbolic of the act of painting up the human body for ceremony.”
Measured Response
Penny Evans detail
Lucy Simpson
“Winangaylanha ngay mara (2018)  the title means ‘my hands remember’ in Yuwaalaraay language. Lucy’s practice often begins with instinctual thoughts or memories, crucial for her body’s re-learning and responding to materials deeply connected to country, knowledge and process.
Measured Response
Lucy Simpson (detail)
selected works of the Hands on Weavers collective
read more about this wonderful work here
we also saw Girt by Sea a fabulous exhibition of aerial photography
& to top a great day off Old Man Crow played a few tunes with Aubrey & Purton at Paddington Markets

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Roz Hawker‘s magically stitched pennant ‘Agape’ meeting Fiona Dempster‘s ‘Imagine Peace’ weathergram
nestled in the garden
wrapped in a brown paper bag with a note from Roz explaining Agape Love
I love how the word agape is also defined by being “in a state of wonder or amazement, as with the mouth wide open.”
such beautiful stitching
and from the other side!
the shimmer in the silken rows
‘Agape’ meeting The Gathering!
Roz makes such good magic you can see more of her stunning work over on instagram

my hair is standing on end tingling with the magic in the air
deep bow this is truly Braille for the Soul
the circle is strong, magic is afoot

it’s a year since the old wedding dress first arrived in our house
seeding the dream
gathering through this web of light are a community of stitchers, deep listening women from around the earth making strong threads singing
 ‘I dream of a world where love is the answer’
a choir of dreamers, mending our ways stitch by stitch, learning to touch again, the world and each other, connecting our hearts with each pennant and talisman the magic is growing with love for our beautiful broken world. We are creating agency for change with tenderness, by treading lightly & dreaming beauty into the world
as Marti says “Si se puede” (Yes we can)!
with deep gratitude to this circle of dreamers
Liz Ackert
Fiona Dempster
Barry Smith
Dee Mallon
Jude Hill
Judy Martin
Hazel Monte
Els Sneider
Dana Webb
Susi Bancroft
Wendy Watson
Bronwyn Berman
Martine Bos
Beth Brennan
Nancy Erisman
Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord
Grace Forrest-Maestas
Louise Watson
Michelle Slater
Margarita Sampson
Jane Bodnaruk
Susan Hemann
Roz Hawker
India Flint
Yvette Dopheide
Patricia Spangler
Kathy Dorfer
Glenda Jones
Arlee Barr
Ulrike Bogdan
Olga Cironis
Doris Perlhuhn
Saskia van Herwaarden
Carol Cantrell
Jana Cironis
Christina Haggart
Marti Weisbrich
Tina Zaffiro
Kristin McNamara Freeman
René Walkin
Margaret Johnson
Donna Hinchcliff
Eliene St. Romain
Cathy & Sarah Wright
Glenda Chamberlain
Jane Stapleford
Judy Lemezis
Jane Milliken
Linda Summers
Penny Vickery
Dotti Dauter
Maggie Brown
Nanette Gilbert
Aileen Jordan
Lizette Campbell
Gabrielle Bates
Shona Wilson
Joy Banks
Cathy Jack Coupland
Sharon Peoples
Elizabeth Bunsen
Diana Angus
Deb Gorr
Jo New (RIP)
you can follow the progress of this collaborative project widdershins
Gathering the Dreams


PS if you want to make a talisman of love for our beautiful broken world
e-mail :

the beaded neckline from the wedding dress fits perfectly on the moon shaped trunk clasp of the palm inflorescence which was painted with white chalk paint during a break in the rain last week
stitched with the rotted tulle from the veil, antique lace and silk thread
taking shape needle lace to hold the moon
a moment of indecision when I realized the beaded edge will face the base of the dress forma quick test to see if it will work, the fork in the electric blue branch needs to be be tied in higher and the palm inflorescence a little lower but it’s getting there, now back to the needle lace!

celebrating another spin around the sun with Old Man Crow, he’s 71 today!
who would have thought we would still be here?
the mandala is tied to the dress form with waxed linen thread
Diane Patmore took these photos of my Book of Honesty at the Libris Awards in Mackay
good to see it displayed so that people can turn the pages and enjoy the details
you can see the whole book here
the catalogue is online here

finished binding the crepe myrtle branch round and round in the electric blue leather on the weekend, it took nearly 3 months to stitch & my fingertips are thanking me this week for giving them a break!
sketch for the dreaming roughly to scale
this morning the weather was warm enough to open the window for ventilation so I made a mixture of Dorland’s Wax Medium and Schminke Ultramarine pigment and rubbed it into the mandala & the rusted dress form, this is the third coat of wax
will bind the mandala to the dress form with blue leather
the blue does improve the look of the old mandala, this photo was taken yesterday before I removed the palm inflorescence which will be painted with popcorn white chalk paint once the sun comes up and then bind the moon shape at the top of the inflorescence with tulle and wedding dress satin
when that is all ready I look forward to binding the branch to the iron dress form centred to the palm inflorescensce and then start weaving a bowl shape to hold the branch firmly in the centre of the upper iron ring
the tulle wedding dress train will need to be slipped over the form so I will have to slice the skirt and restitch it in place
working out how to manage all this without painting myself into a corner should keep me amused for the rest of winter, fortunately Old Man Crow has an engineering background and has helped work out many wild balancing acts over the years, like this Ariel walkway that he magically cantilevered with knotted joints 4 houses ago
The mighty Ariel P. Cat protecting the house from the evil birthday balloons tied to his walkway!