Posts Tagged ‘Once in a Blue Moon’

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!

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!