Posts Tagged ‘hope’

listening & learning

Posted: May 29, 2017 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time, magic
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Holding Space, Weaving Place a yarning stick workshop and story telling gathering at the Australian Museum
Wiradjuri Elder Aunty Gail, Wailwan and Yuin man Millmullian (Laurance Magick Dennis) and Wiradjuri/Ngemba woman Nyimirr (Fleur Magick Dennis) showed us how to wrap the yarning sticks, add feathers and seed pods then Laura McBride, an amazing young woman with two degrees who is the curator for the First Australian Galleries sat with us & spoke eloquently about oh so many things… great food for thought, I especially enjoyed her analogy of how to hold space when the going gets tough like an echidna & just wait it out… Australia’s First People are so kind & generous with their sharing of culture, we enjoyed the listening & hope to see a treaty made respecting the rights of the people of this ancient land who have lived here for 50,000 years
Holding Space, Weaving Place is on again today and tomorrow from 1-4pm

our beautiful muse Ariel P Cat

Posted: March 14, 2017 by Mo Crow in friends, It's Crow Time
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our beautiful muse Ariel P Cat is living on pain killers
a wise old cat, noble and stoic as he prepares to leave this mortal coil
he inspired these two books
Cooking with Cats
An illuminated Book of Cats
& this song
Little Pussycat
we love you Ariel!
a wand for seeing in the dark made with Ariel’s whiskers

Last Chance To See

Posted: December 17, 2016 by Mo Crow in art exhibitions, It's Crow Time
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crow-eye-amulet-xi-framed-mo16last chance to see Collector’s Choice 2016 at Artsite Gallery
Saturday & Sunday 11-5

A Prayer Full Moon

Posted: November 15, 2016 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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red felt, red silk, red waxed linen, a red button, red glass beads, grape vine tendril painted black, a weathered seed inlaid with red thread, bangalow palm inflorescence, turquoise, wishbone, lichen, emu feather, passionfruit vine tendril, thread

“On the lip of an abyss roaring with dark wind stood a tiny bush that bore an intensely red flower. The bush grew right on the very edge of nothingness, and yet somehow its roots were holding. It had a grip that no wind could disturb; it thrived there, all on its own, this modest little plant, and while the abyss yawned beside it, it went on bravely, doggedly flowering.”

Helen Garner “Notes from a Brief Friendship” 2011 p46 “Everywhere I Look” 2016
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a prayer in process

Posted: November 11, 2016 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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I stitched Helen Garner’s dream of the bravely, doggedly flowering bush on to some very thin strong silk then made a red flower with red felt, red silk, red waxed linen, a red button, red glass beads, a grape vine tendril painted black and a weathered seed inlaid with red thread.

“On the lip of an abyss roaring with dark wind stood a tiny bush that bore an intensely red flower. The bush grew right on the very edge of nothingness, and yet somehow its roots were holding. It had a grip that no wind could disturb; it thrived there, all on its own, this modest little plant, and while the abyss yawned beside it, it went on bravely, doggedly flowering.”

Helen Garner “Notes from a Brief Friendship” 2011 p46 “Everywhere I Look” 2016

“Sometimes it seems to me that, in the end, the only thing people have got going for them is imagination. At times of great darkness, everything around us becomes symbolic, poetic, archetypal.
Perhaps this is what dreaming, and art, are for.”

Helen Garner “On Darkness” 2015 p152 “Everywhere I Look” 2016
Helen Garner and Michael Leunig have helped me make some sort of sense of the world over and over since the early 70’s
the-banished-angel-by-michael-leuniga page from Michael  Leunig’s “Wild Figments”
making this small red flowering thing is a form of prayer…
prayer-as-a-wayfinder-mo16seeking beauty in the dark
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this weathered seed was washed up on a beach like a refugee …
the roots have let go, the brave red flower is riding the wild winds of these dark times

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It’s Crow Time!

Posted: July 1, 2016 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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its-crow-time-Mo16the hands from an old broken pocket watch made the finishing touch for “Marking Time Counting Crows”
seven-for-a-secret-Mo16not-to-be-told-Mo16Seven for a secret not to be told
7 crow feathers, antique parchment, thread, lichen
the-key-Mo16an old padlock with a key made from a grape vine tendril, eelskin, guitar string, thread and glass beads
adds weight for balance
marking-time-counting-crows-Mo16x fingers will get better photos in the gallery with good light and white walls in two short months !
picking up the 100 Crow Books from the  printer today, the decks are cleared for the hand colouring and attaching the 100 heart talisman bookmarks
crow-show-invitationsthe invitations are all printed & ready to mail out in mid July, this is getting very real!