Posts Tagged ‘moon ladder’

the beaded neckline from the wedding dress fits perfectly on the moon shaped trunk clasp of the palm inflorescence which was painted with white chalk paint during a break in the rain last week
stitched with the rotted tulle from the veil, antique lace and silk thread
taking shape needle lace to hold the moon
a moment of indecision when I realized the beaded edge will face the base of the dress forma quick test to see if it will work, the fork in the electric blue branch needs to be be tied in higher and the palm inflorescence a little lower but it’s getting there, now back to the needle lace!

Once in a Blue Moon by Mo Orkiszewski 2018
Moon Unit I
W 29cm x H 9.5cm (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’s Statement : Once in a Blue Moon the air tingles with portents, there’s a trembling in the light that beckons out of the corner of the eye with an invitation to take a spin deep into the unknown. 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)
Bio : Sydney based artist Mo Orkiszewski is a graduate of Sydney College of the Arts and horticulturist with a passion for tending and mending our beautiful broken world. Working across a broad range of media and materials, stitching, folding, assemblage, collage, drawing, engraving, sculpting, collecting, Mo’s work is bridging the alternative culture and amulets of 20th century mysticism towards a 21st century metaphorical interpretation. Her current body of work, ‘Braille for the Soul’ is gathering a global community of stitchers and makers to dream of a world where love is the answer. Mo has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally with work held in private collections in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, UK, Germany, France and The Netherlands.
represented by Artsite Gallery Sydney, Australia
photos courtesy of Madeleine Tuckfield-Carrano Artsite Gallery

this may well be tempting the fates but it’s Friday the 13th and I feel like celebrating!

yesterday I realized that the retractable ladder is needed for levity, I was getting too deadly serious thinking about The Moon as an archetype which is all very well but Once in a Blue Moon is a celebration of the magic of electric blue, slow stitching lunacy and the wonder of having two Full Moons in one month!
also stitched some whisper silk organza rungs into the knots on the starry ladder so it feels much more ladder-ish
enjoying the conversation between the moons & how the retractable ladder works so much better with Moon Unit II
starting to make some sense at last!

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!

Once in a Blue Moon by Mo 2017-2018
W 29cm x H 9.5cm
embroidered moon on electric blue suede over papier maché mold, 1.5mm black leather cord stitched with black linen thread over papier maché mold, bamboo rungs, waxed & knotted DMC cotton, vintage glass beads, bone beads, lead fishing weights, nickel silver links, lapis lazuli
photograph by Simon Fraser Cloud Nine Image Art
last year I was thinking the whole point of this slow stitching lunacy was the retractable ladder but it didn’t quite work so a few days ago decided to make a new ladder out of 1mm sterling silver plate
which didn’t work either
x-roads cloth by Grace Forrest-Maestas
imagine peace by Liz Ackert
Moon Unit II Mo 17
Fish Bones by The Pale Rook
and the redundant silver ladder
back in the box to incubate
this may take some time…
in memory of Ariel P Cat
‘The Letter F’ from An illuminated Book of Cats © 2010
words by Rod Morgan, illustrations by Mo Orkiszewski, musings by Ariel P Cat
13 moons have passed

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

Toad Moon with ladder II Mo 2016-17
cane toad leather, boar bristles, emu feathers, lichen, passionfruit vine tendril, “whisper” silk organza, indigo dyed silk from Eliene, Japanese Abaca paper, Moulin de Larroque handmade watercolour paper, linen and silk threads, hemp string, Honesty, shells and vintage glass beads
25cm H x 19cm W
& the prototype for the retractable moon ladder works!