Posts Tagged ‘memory keeper’

Moon and Stars Memory Keeper

Posted: April 4, 2021 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time

Moon and Stars Memory Keeper Mo 21
H 15cm x W 14cm
L 75cm with handle and fringe
indigo dyed silk shibori moon by Glennis Dolce
antique vellum parchment stars
linen, cotton and silk threads
lapis lazuli and glass beads
vintage blue silk and electric blue leather
ochre dyed hand twined cord from a deconstructed totem Arnhem Land 1976

I have avoided the new block editor in WordPress til now but it seems the old Classic Editor is no more…

Fly Free Fearless Spirit

Posted: August 23, 2020 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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Fly Free Fearless Spirit Mo 20
you live on in our hearts
Julie Sellens

Fly Free Julie

Posted: August 8, 2020 by Mo Crow in friends, It's Crow Time

Fly Away Rod Morgan © 1975
Kalang River
a tiny moonboat ready to sail away
Penny’s altar for Julie with a photo from 1983
Julie was my best friend, she was very funny, so brave, had a heart as big as Phar Lap and always spoke her mind
she passed away yesterday at 12:40 pm
Fly Free

Memory Keeper for Julie Mo 20
H 33cm x W 19cm x D 2.5cm
hand woven & indigo dyed linen cloth and threads by Ulrike Bogdan
100 year old hand woven linen from Germany for edges and gusset
stars of vellum parchment circa 1812
blue and white glass beads
bone bead for closure
knotted nettle string handle
silk noil from Margaret Johnson for the lining
the last thing added this morning was that tiny blue bead in the centre of the fringe
the back needed an insert as the lower edge of the hand woven indigo was narrower at the base
the moon needed a little more definition so I backstitched the edge
the bone bead worked perfectly for the closure
I stretched the handwoven linen making gaps in the weave that needed reinforcing
detail of silk noil lining and edges
I thought there would be lots of feathers and shells in the knotted string handle but they were surplus to requirements and had to be cut out
full of memories from our 44 years of friendship & all set to go!

this bag full of memories for my friend Julie is almost finished, every knot holds a story
the indigo dyed hand woven linen & moons are by Ulrike Bogdan
I started working on this bag on April 24th and have worked on it for a few hours every day, it has gone through several ugly stages where I had to reconsider what I was trying to do
Jude Hill’s good words after the first ugly phase have helped so much
“ha, the ugly phase is just an in-between we can’t quite understand yet.”
you may have noticed in the first photo I am rereading “The Education of a Gardener” by Russell Page first published in 1962
one of the most beautiful and inspiring books about gardening ever written
talking of gardens and well thought out design
Owl Rock went for a walk with us to the wetlands to observe the way the water moves around it
my friend Peter Webb plant guru extraordinaire is writing a book and has asked if I would like to do a few illustrations! When I first met Pete in the 70’s he was the seed collector for the Melbourne Botanic Gardens. I asked him to write a book way back then so I could illustrate it and now I can, it’s a dream come true!
Sydney Park Wetlands has matured beautifully in the time we have lived here in Newtown
love how these old piers add mystery and a sense of spirit to the space
a friendly blue tongue lizard
13 moons arrived in the mail by Glennis Dolce Shibori Girl
these will keep me happily stitching for a good long while
the gardening work is keeping us busy, the walks to the wetlands are helping us stay a bit grounded and the social isolation measures are lifting a bit, still I put some x’s on the floor in the dining room when our friend Richard visited on Saturday for the first time since March, he noticed that they weren’t exactly 1.5 metres so I will measure them up properly for next weekend!

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

the blues

Posted: April 20, 2017 by Mo Crow in Braille for the Soul
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the blues Mo17
a heart shaped Banksia integrifolia leaf, white feather, Ariel whisker & claw sheath, Honesty seed pod, Cecil Brunner rosebud, clay, glass, shell, turquoise, lapis lazuli & myrrh beads, zig-zag Acacia, indigo cake from Tamborine Mountain Indigo on cold waxed white silk used for polishing the Book of Honesty, stitched to indigo dyed silk from Eliene St Romain, stitched to Japanese Abaca paper edge darkened with deep indigo Inktense coloured pencil, framed with ochre stained hand plied plant fibre string & indigo dyed cord from Dee Mallon, backed with  hand woven 200 year old German linen edged with vintage linen shoe thread from Margaret Johnson
missing Ariel more than anyone in my whole life, where else to put all the sadness and longing but in the work…

a memento mori for Ariel

Posted: April 14, 2017 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time, magic
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A memento mori for Ariel, a talisman for Old Man Crow to hold onto, on Wednesday I began by stitching together a bundle of Ariel’s shed whiskers, tried adding some of his claw sheaths but that didn’t feel right, a white feather didn’t work either, tried binding the shard of a broken pot I found as we smoothed the earth in the hole for his grave but that wasn’t right either…  this morning my favourite sea worn piece of driftwood felt good so I lit a stick of incense holding Grace of Windthread’s one line poem “we are burning Karma and it smells like incense” in my heart for the making
Old Man Crow woke at that moment, Ariel had just visited him from the bardo
Ariel’s whiskers & Old Man Crow’s Bandaged Heart bound to my favourite sea worn piece of driftwood
you, me and the Ariel P in our moonboat
with so much love tonight under the waning gibbous moon

The Letter U from An illuminated Book of Cats © 2010

memory-keeper-for-Grace-Mo15a memory keeper for Grace and Chinche
banksia seed, boar bristles, Italian glove leather, linen thread, vintage ostrich feathers, glass beads and the last bit of the rose petal printed paper
memory-keeper-for-Grace-detail-front-Mo16front detail (scale app 3:1)
memory-keeper-for-Grace-back-detail-Mo16back detail (scale app 3:1)
banksia-seeds-and-boar-bristles-Mo16these banksia integrifolia seeds stitched to boar bristles were the starting point for this little bag but proved too fragile, the boar bristles are wonderfully strong and springy to work with ! (scale app 3:1)

Remember the Elephants

Posted: July 17, 2015 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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elephant-by-Ivan-Ungar-2013Remember the Elephants
(photo courtesy of Ivan Ungar Africa 2013)
first-sketchhalf a lifetime ago I was given some old ivory and ebony piano keys
beginningI cut two of the ivory keys to make settings for 4 moonstones and 3 star sapphires that have been waiting for me to do something with them for 30 years
ivory-and-stonesivory is such a beautiful material, strong yet so easy to cut and carve
becomingI stitched this piece of whisper silk organza back in 2013
eye-photo-by-Ivan-Ungarprinted out the eye of the elephant from Ivan’s photo and used a scalpel blade to trace the lines onto the leather for the back of the memory keeper
eye-cutand then stitched the detail
elephant-eye-embroideredelephant eyes are a beautiful amber colour, the red here reflects the tears for the continued slaughter of these beautiful beings for their tusks
becoming-a-memery-keeperbecoming a memory keeper to remember the elephants
preparingto hold this ivory for posterity until we humans stop the slaughter and start honouring these mighty beasts
old-ivoryvintage raw ivory, raw ivory bangles, earrings, piano keys & burnt ivory
old-ivory-bound-in-silkold ivory bound in red silk
remember-the-elephants-by-Mo-15the bundle placed inside and stitched closed with red silk thread
closure-detailclosure detail
remember-the-elephants-back-Mo15“Remember the Elephants” by Mo 2015
black leather, vintage ostrich feathers, black and white linen thread, whisper silk organza, jet, glass, bone and clay beads, red silk, old ivory
remember-the-elephants-Mo15I have cried an ocean of tears this week whilst making this journey
here’s some links to articles about the continuing slaughter of elephants for their ivory
and on a more uplifting note two good people who are making a difference