Posts Tagged ‘Honesty’

how to make a plant burrito

Posted: September 18, 2021 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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the vertical garden in this courtyard needed new plants for spring and has lost a lot of the original potting mix over the years. I have some vintage stockings from the 60’s and they make the perfect plant burritos!

the old nylon is so fine yet strong, it will last for quite some time!

filling the knotted stocking with a bit of potting mix and a viola

easing the plant burrito into place

it works, will add more plants along the top next month now that I know how to to it!

a red Belgian hybrid Clivea

Neomarica aka Brazilian Walking Iris

the deconstructed kid gloves are becoming a new pair with thoughts of Honesty being fragile and in need of being handled with care

Back in 2019 Beth Brennan of Still Life Pond who made the beautiful Tree of Life pennant for I Dream of a World Where Love is the Answer sent me her mother’s exquisitely fine leather gloves with this note. In our e-mail conversation she added, “Ah good! I felt like Cinderella’s stepsister trying to put them on. My mother was impossibly tiny and had elegant taste. I don’t know how much they were worn—not much by the look of them! She was married to my dad in 1940, so they probably date from the late 1930s. You were my first thought for repurposing and I knew you would appreciate the fineness of the leather. But I also absolve you from doing anything at all with them. Set them free if you need to when the time comes.”
The time has come to throw down the gauntlet!

whilst carefully dissecting the seams on the very fine leather I dreamed of merging the two pairs into one pair of starry gloves with contrasting stars as a follow on to Reaching for the Stars

love how the fourchettes with quirks look like birds!

as I explored all the seams and felt the different textures in the leathers I realized these gloves have their own ideas about what each pair wants to be next!

the gloves need to be longer between the thumb hole and fingers for the bigger hands of today & in the width so I cut a 1/2 inch strip from the bottom edge to insert across the knuckles and cut the foredge to increase all the edges with hand stitched button hole lace. I was going to use white silk but have some vintage Silkworm thread that works much better.

last night as I was trembling on the edge of making the first cut, I spoke to my wild artist friend Dotti & she helped me see how I needed to throw all caution to the wind & jump into the stitching so at midnight I did just that! The other challenge was Artsite advising to not share work in process for the Collector’s Choice xmas show on social media this year. I bristled at first, then settled my hackles back down after talking to the director who recognizes this blog as an important part of my process especially with this l-o-n-g Covid lockdown (ongoing here in Sydney since June 26th) I need to communicate what’s going on & with just reading Jude Hill’s latest post and seeing her pocket collaboration revealed I love the magic that happens when minds meet through the ether!

some Cream coloured Cliveas
our gardens are looking spectacular this spring!

Book of Seasons: Autumn Moon (Honesty) Mo 21
indigo dyed silk moon and cloth from Jude Hill
whisper silk organza from Beautiful Silks
boar bristles , rotted silk, Silkworm vintage cotton from Margaret Johnson & indigo dyed silk thread from Glennis Dolce
Mettler silky sheen rainbow thread, teal dyed silk velvet, ochre dyed hand twined cord from a deconstructed totem Arnhem Land 1976
turquoise and glass beads
it’s become the first page in the Book of Seasons a new project which will be finished for the Autumn Equinox next year

the way the cloths have married with the stitching embedded in the silk velvet is a delight to the fingertips!

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…