Posts Tagged ‘Honesty’

preview of Artsite Galleries Collector’s Choice 2018 today
my offerings A Starry Necklace Mo Orkiszewski 2018
H24cm x W 20cm
vintage electric blue leather over 4mm cotton rope, white linen and blue Gütermann upholstery thread, antique parchment stars stitched with linen & cotton threads stabilized with silk organza, hand carved slice of tagua (aka Palm Ivory) pentacle, glass and lapis lazuli beads
Once in a Blue Moon Mo Orkiszewski 2018 (SOLD)
Moon Unit I
H 9.5cm x W 29cm (starry ladder 3.5cm)
embroidered vintage electric blue leather over papier maché mold, 1.5mm black leather cord coiled & stitched with black linen thread over papier maché mold, vintage white glove leather with linen thread stars, whisper silk organza rungs
Moon Unit II
H 5cm W 10cm (retractable ladder 25cm)
embroidered vintage electric blue suede over papier maché mold, 1.5mm black leather cord coiled and stitched with black linen thread over papier maché mold, bamboo rungs, waxed & knotted DMC cotton, vintage glass beads, carved bone beads, lead fishing weights, nickel silver links, lapis lazuli
artist statement:
Wrought with dark humour, high hopes and slow stitching lunacy, these vessels explore the surface of the moon both real and imagined. The ladders provide a way in and perhaps more importantly a way out.
(a blue moon is when two Full Moons land in one calendar month)
Book of Honesty Mo Orkiszewski 2017
H 27cm x W 22cm x D 2cm
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 Honesty pods
artist statement:
seeking honesty in this era of fake news
exhibition runs Dec 1-16th Wednesday to Sunday 11-5
the Silly Season is here & the xmas cards are well underway!

Book  of Honesty Mo Orkiszewski 2017
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 Honesty pods
Artist’s Statement: seeking honesty in this era of fake news
(you can see the whole book here)
this is the first time I have made the shortlist for this award!
with many thanks to Madeleine Tuckfield-Carrano of Artsite Gallery for all the encouragement & support
here’s a link to my artist’s page at Artsite

PS Marti just sent this photo of her cloth confetti!
When I read your post about the Libris nomination, I went to my container of Winter Solstice/Christmas cards, decorations, etc. and took out your 2017 lovely Honesty Christmas card. Placed it on my dresser, tossed my cloth confetti (dyed long scraps) and said a joyful blessing for you. Thought you might like to see the photo. So proud of you, best news all year… Lv, Marti

The Solstice

Posted: December 22, 2017 by Mo Crow in Braille for the Soul
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Honesty Mo17
may you have a suitably Silly Season, a magic Solstice & wonder-filled New Year!
Let it go by Michael LeunigMichael Leunig is a national treasure, his cartoons have kept me almost sane for nearly 50 years!

there’s no place like home

Posted: November 16, 2017 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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the real estate agent is doing the half yearly house inspection this morning
we tidied up a bit so please come in and have a look around
Fiona Dempster’s Imagine Peace weathergram
afternoon sun in the lounge room
the crepe myrtle branch seasoning for the dream
studio space with xmas card in production
Honesty
the stairs with Mia Illuzia’s 7 hag stones and Barry Smith’s water buffalo horn talisman for peace and love
Old Man Crow working on a new song in his music room
afternoon sun through the wrought iron on the front verandah
the Jacaranda from two doors up purpling the view from the bedroom window with two species of Brugmansia, the garden has grown a lot in 9 years
Fiona’s Imagine Peace weathergram at the back door
Hoya flower
the Gardenias are flowering madly, the scent is divine
x fingers we’ll be here for a good while yet!

Honesty Mo 17
Honesty pod, indigo dyed paper, vintage leather, indigo dyed cotton & silk, thread, gouache and ink
Honesty in process
and a new one in process will be adding to this post each day until Saturday when it will be ready to take along to the Bookwerke artist book group at the NSW Guild of Craft Bookbinders
playing with the blues in ink, silk and raw cotton & replaced the moon with some rotted silk and indigo dyed linen
more indigo ink & white gouache backed with watercolour paper to settle the wrinkles
9 passionfruit vine tendrils stitched to the moon with indigo dyed silk, a bit more gouache and ink and 3 vintage white glass beads to define the shoreline, it’s very close to done will have another look tomorrow morning
Honesty for Bookwerke Zine 50 shades of creativity Mo17
H19.5 cm x W13.3 cm
Honesty pod, passionfruit vine tendrils, indigo dyed silk, cotton & linen thread, cord & paper, vintage glass beads, gouache & ink on Arches watercolour paper
the other side

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

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!

Book of Honesty XIII Mk2 Mo17 (DOA)
graphite and ink on Moulin de Larroque handmade watercolour paper, stitched Lunaria pods
feeling that yesterday’s effort didn’t really work, I carefully worked on XIII mk2 early this morning but tried too hard, played too safe…
it was DOA
Here’s a link to all the Book of Honesty pages
time to let the drawings rest & make some samples for the covers!

Book of Honesty XIII

Posted: March 24, 2017 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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Book of Honesty XIII Mo17
graphite and ink on Moulin de Larroque handmade watercolour paper, stitched Lunaria pods
13 double spread pages for the 13 moons of the year
time to sort out what the covers will look like, the sewing stations for the text block & how it will be bound