Posts Tagged ‘moon ladder’

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!

Moon Unit II Mo 17
embroidered electric blue suede, 1.5mm round leather cord, Gütermann linen thread, glass beads, papier maché molds
H 5cm W 10cm
electric blue suede stretched & stitched over papier maché mold bound with 1.5 mm round leather cord
linen thread hinge & black tissue lining
1.5 mm round leather spiral base stitched with Gütermann black linen thread over papier maché mold
making Moon Unit I & Moon Unit II  has given me the confidence to go ahead and finish Once in a Blue Moon!

a small stitched blue suede leather moon, synthetic interface and papier maché mold formed over the old Starry Container, one of my first glass engravings on slumped glass from back in 1987
glued down & drying under the weight of the lid of the Starry Container, the acrylic interface was invisibly basted to prevent the paste from damaging the surface of the suede
there was some leakage…  next time I will use a 50:50 mix of starch paste and PVA more sparingly, this was straight acid free PVA brushed on with enthusiasm at 3am, worth a try
the big papier maché moon needs trimming, a few more layers of paper & then sanding before pasting down Once in a Blue Moon
I learned a lot, this is going to work but need to get some more starch paste, it extends the working time of the PVA and is kinder to the materials and my hands
going to Birdsall Leathercraft in Botany on Wednesday to buy a 50m roll of 1.5mm black round leather cord for the dark side of the moon & will have a chat to them about what is the best glue to use for pasting suede