Posts Tagged ‘hope’

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!

the ties that bind us

Posted: June 11, 2016 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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emu feathers, painted beads, grape vine tendrils, thread, paper

Line Dancing

Posted: June 8, 2016 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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grape vine tendrils, quail wishbones, glass crow eye beads, vintage dyed ostrich feathers, Art Spectrum pigmented black ink, Golden titanium white acrylic, black & red threads

tendril cyphering continued

Posted: June 7, 2016 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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tendril-cypher-continued-Mo16tendril cyphering continued…

Act of Contrition

Posted: May 11, 2016 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time, Lace
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Act-of-Contrition-Mo16Act of Contrition (aka the Doily of Atonement) Mo16
vintage doily indigo dyed by Jude Hill of Spirit Cloth
laser cut star from Els of Fibre Rainbow
indigo dyed thread from Glennis of Shibori Girl
stitched with navy Gütterman upholstery thread
a quote attributed to Bill Murray
“Everything happens for a reason.
Sometimes that reason is you’re stupid and make bad choices.”
recently I behaved very inappropriately and nearly lost two of our best gardening customers
it’s all smoothed over but had to stitch this today to pay my dues…

& there’s plenty of room for further embellishments for the next time I lose the plot!

when I’m dead and gone and all my bits and pieces end up in an op shop (aka thrift shop for those readers in the US)
I wonder what they will make of this one?
!

Fat Full Moona very fat full moon Mo 16
leather-feather-in-processeelskin leather feather in process with beaded leather and button crow eye amulet

when you wish upon a star

Posted: February 24, 2016 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time, magic
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5 wishbones from Dee Mallon, linen thread, 3 emu feathers (each feather is double shafted) 3 clay beads from Africa