Posts Tagged ‘Once in a Blue Moon’

I would give you the moon…

Posted: September 8, 2019 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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I would give you the moon Mo 19
19.5 x 19.5 cm
embroidered with indigo silk & a Blue Moon hand dyed by Glennis Dolce Shibori Girl
the indigo dyed sky cloth is by one of the fabulous cloth conjurors (hoping one of you will recognize it)
rough spun cotton couched with indigo dyed cotton from Ulrike Bogdan nemo ignorat
Japanese cotton knotted and stitched with pale blue vintage cotton
heart from my pennant for Jo New (RIP)
Wondering whether to stitch the title, my name & year in white into the fine linen on the back or perhaps on a moon shaped patch of the same white linen appliqued in place? There’s a layer of vintage interface sandwiched between the front and back & the piece will be mounted and framed so the title would be hidden. It has been a strange journey, raising deep questions about what I am doing and why? The slow meditative stitching on this piece became a sort of self soothing behaviour like purring, 21st C busy work in these anxious times…

stitching
with the blue of longing
Blue Moons I & II were hand dyed by Glennis Dolce Shibori Girl
they are taking me into their stories stitch by stitch
Terri Windling of Myth & Moor posted this wonderful quote hidden in one of her photographs here
“I find it so difficult to talk about what I do. There are those who are unnervingly articulate about what they’re doing and how they’re doing it….I am not particularly articulate, unnervingly or otherwise. I do believe there is, in fact, a mystery to the whole enterprise that one dares to investigate at peril. The story knows itself better than the writer does at some point, knows what’s being said before the writer figures out how to say it. There’s a word in German, Sehnsucht. No English equivalent, which is often the case. It means the longing for something that cannot be expressed, or inconsolable longing. There’s a word in Welsh, hwyl, for which we also have no match. Again, it is longing, a longing of the spirit.”

Holding the Moon Mo 19
vintage electric blue leather over acid free bookbinders board, egg shell mosaic & black papier maché moons, antique parchment (circa 1812) scalpel cut stars stitched with white linen thread, vintage blue silk lining, egg shell mosaic covering a macadamia nut moon seed, moon ladder made with grape vine tendrils, white paint & linen thread
H 6cm x W 6cm x D 6cm
last night my wonderful sculptor friend Bronwyn Berman saved the day when she questioned why I would show this work without letting the viewer see inside the box. I had tried putting the tiny moon ladder inside the box earlier in the day but it just cluttered the space, shifting my focus to outside the box did the trick. This week Jude Hill had discussed how framing and context can change as the work progresses, ain’t that the truth, I was so intent on thinking inside the square I couldn’t see the way out, it’s so good to have artist friends!
the ladder at rest on the lid
the view from above with the ladder holding the lid open
outside on a sunny day to give a sense of scale
a safe place for the moon to incubate dreams
PS a few days later Liz suggested letting the moon out to enjoy the view
that was fun but feels better nestled safely in its box

Holding the Moon (thinking inside the square) Mo 19
vintage electric blue leather over bookbinders board, egg shell mosaic & black papier maché moons, antique parchment (circa 1812) stars, linen thread, vintage blue silk lining, egg shell mosaic macadamia nut moon
H 6cm x W 6cm x D 6cm
here’s some more formal photos taken after the sun came up
I love how the macadamia nut has become a moon seed holding the potential for growth

holding the moon (thinking inside the square)
inspired by Jude of Spirit Cloth getting outside her box/self & her cat Soul-O enjoying getting inside the box
after cutting the squares I made the moons with egg shell mosaic and black papier maché
then cut out the vintage electric blue leather
leather in place, I loved the simplicity of the box at this stage
but it needed stars in the corners made out of antique parchment
and needle lace to hold it all together
almost together
lined with blue silk
finished but now it needs the moon inside
eggshell mosaic over a Macadamia nut
I love making this dream come alive!

Full Moon

Posted: May 19, 2019 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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“The moon, second-hand, worn at the edges, was hung up in the sky like something a housewife leaves out to remind her it needs mending.”
Brothers and Sisters
The Real and the Unreal selected stories of Ursula K Le Guin
Volume One Where on Earth
page 5
in tears for our beautiful broken world, Australia has just re-elected Scott Morrison, the man who brought a lump of coal gleefully into parliament a few years ago…
after curling up in bed for an hour, sleeping uneasily, the moon’s cold light helped me dream up a dozen new moon variations
here’s some from the past few years
moon ladder Mo15
moon boat Mo15
a love letter to the moon Mo15
toad moon with ladder Mo15
dark moon with ladder Mo16
Honesty Mo16
Honesty Mo17
dark side undone  2017
Once in a Blue Moon 2018
the chicken & the egg 2017
reminding myself to
Make Art Not War

preview of Artsite Galleries Collector’s Choice 2018 today
my offerings A Starry Necklace Mo Orkiszewski 2018
H24cm x W 20cm
vintage electric blue leather over 4mm cotton rope, white linen and blue Gütermann upholstery thread, antique parchment stars stitched with linen & cotton threads stabilized with silk organza, hand carved slice of tagua (aka Palm Ivory) pentacle, glass and lapis lazuli beads
Once in a Blue Moon Mo Orkiszewski 2018 (SOLD)
Moon Unit I
H 9.5cm x W 29cm (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 statement:
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)
Book of Honesty Mo Orkiszewski 2017
H 27cm x W 22cm x D 2cm
bradel binding, relief sculpted spine, Moulin de Larroque handmade watercolour paper over boards
illustrations graphite and ink on Moulin de Larroque handmade watercolour paper, stitched Honesty pods
artist statement:
seeking honesty in this era of fake news
exhibition runs Dec 1-16th Wednesday to Sunday 11-5
the Silly Season is here & the xmas cards are well underway!