Posts Tagged ‘magic’

a left over from Reaching for the Stars
two may well be enough!
the hinge is much tighter with an extra few rows of black linen thread woven through
stabilized the base with an old rubber O ring covered in black glove leather
now I just need to work on an artist statement about why I made it to the tune of Frank Sinatra’s
“Fly me to the moon
Let me play among the stars”
mashed up with Nat King Cole’s
“It’s only a paper moon
Sailing over a cardboard sea”
to top off this wild Blue Moon weekend was gifted this fragile alchemical star found in an old castle in Germany
the circle is strong, deep magic is afoot!

Marti Weisbrich’s pennant will make it’s way across the wide blue tomorrow!
She sent this photo with these wonderful words in an e-mail just now

“Tomorrow, my pennant stitched with raggedy earth patches made from the sacred ordinaries of the land and with an Australian talisman hanging on the end of it, will be winging its way to you. It is filled with love for our world, for the land that frames our world, and with love and gratitude to you, along with joy, for the opportunity to create this pennant.

When I first received your pennant, I took it outside to receive the elements. It seemed only fitting that before I sent it back, it once again be taken outside, tied to the same ornamental pear tree in my backyard. Deep earth spirits reside here in New Mexico and this pennant accepted the benedictions of the elements: sun, wind, moonshine, star shine, flowing with the four directions, infused with the vast expanse of the sky here, absorbing stories from the varied clouds threaded in our sky.

Working on the “I Dream of a World Where Love is the Answer” pennant was a soul uplifting experience; one of universal connection with you, Rod and with the many who are participating in this dream project. Equally, this project deepened my gratitude for the sacred ordinaries (foraged windfall mostly) that the land provides me with for dyeing cloth. The sacred ordinaries used for the raggedy earth patches in this pennant include: chamisa, Yerba Mansa, sagebrush, desert willow blossoms, sunflower petals and centers, smoke bush leaves, walnuts, grapevine bark, leaves from Chinese Pistache trees and ornamental pear trees, Spanish broom, juniper, sumac and home grown red onions. The red onion skins, with a bit of vinegar and one of my copper pots provided the green colored cloth that is used for the backing and the edges of the pennant. Green has been a hard color for me to achieve with windfall so a bit of “alchemy” was used to get this color. Over time, as the seasons change, so too will the color of these earth patches; naturally dyed cloth tends to fade, especially if kept near sunlight, becoming more wabi-sabi, and in so doing, giving another gift of beauty.

For now, here is a photo of the pennant outdoors in my backyard in New Mexico, accepting the call of the elements before being sent to you filled with spirit blessings. Lv, Marti”

I look forward to holding this pennant in my hands and introducing it to The Gathering
the energy of love circling our beautiful broken world is so deep and profound
Magic is afoot, revolution is in the air!
namaste

PS click on this link to The Gathering to see all the contributions so far

a bushwalk in the Blue Mountains

Posted: February 22, 2018 by Mo Crow in friends, It's Crow Time
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Wentworth Falls lookout in the Blue Mountains National Park
the top of Wentworth Falls, this is just the top of the falls, it goes a long way further down
a waterhole, we saw yabbies!
Cathy  and a beautiful Xanthorrhoea in flower
an endangered water skink
“For many years, I have been moved by the blue at the far edge of what can be seen, that color of horizons, of remote mountain ranges, of anything far away. The color of that distance is the color of an emotion, the color of solitude and of desire, the color of there seen from here, the color of where you are not. And the color of where you can never go. For the blue is not in the place those miles away at the horizon, but in the atmospheric distance between you and the mountains.”
”Longing, “says the poet Robert Hass “because desire is full of endless distances,” Blue is the color of longing for the distances you never arrive in, for the blue world.”
Rebecca Solnit “A Field Guide to Getting Lost”
One of the wonderful things about living in the middle of Sydney is the train ride up into the Blue Mountains to visit the blue of longing in the west and it’s just a quick bus trip to the wide blue of the ocean to the east!

A Talisman of Love for our beautiful broken world by Nanette Gilbert
hand felted, embroidered and beaded with a shisha mirror for protection
1.5cm W
Aboriginal symbol for meeting place embroidered on the back
inside are Nanette’s words written on elephant dung paper & bound with a fine purple thread
Nanette and I had a good yarn yesterday over a cup of tea
so special to get to meet in real life!
namaste

this  bundle of wonderfully wild dyed cloth from Deb Lacativa arrived on the doorstep!
Deb has the best sense of colour and even more so in real life
Michelle in NYC sent her beautiful rendering of a pomegranate with company

Reaching for the Stars will be finished by March so I can devote a year to The Gathering
the big news is my stitching has suddenly made a gigantic epiphany like breakthrough, after watching Jude Hill of Spirit Cloth quilting by lamplight on Sunday I changed the way I hold the needle & haven’t put the eye of the needle through my fingertip for days & days… it’s true, Jude is such a treasure, I have learned so much about cloth, stitch, art, life, the universe and everything since I first joined her circle in 2011!
namaste

fabulous indigo dyed Moons & thread by Glennis Dolce Shibori Girl
to celebrate this Blue Full Moon Eclipse on a cloudy night here in Sydney
here’s links to  some more indigo dyed Moons from Glennis gathered over the years
Dark Moon Memory Keeper 2014
The Blue Moon Talinsitic Dilly Bag (aka everything I know about the moon and the sea) 2014
The Talinistic 2013
Hopeful Lunacy 2012
front cover of the Lunar Almanac by Rosemary Ellen Guiley 1991
I wrote to the author a few years back re the provenance of this image but she didn’t know anything about it as the UK publishers put their own cover together but I did find this related image on the net
the influence of the moon on women's minds

Hoya

Posted: December 14, 2017 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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the Hoya is flowering!
such wild things!
this one is making a valiant effort
the garden is providing a lot of solace on Monday a dear friend had surgery for a football sized tumor on her ovaries (removed successfully & it was benign thank goodness), yesterday another good friend needed a tarot reading and a good long talk starting with tea and cake at midday finishing off many hours later with a fine wine just on sunset
there is comfort in stitching Reaching for the Stars
we have 11 days off in a row from Dec 22nd to January 2nd look forward to lots of reading, watching movies, catching up with friends, going to the beach and just letting this old year go!