Posts Tagged ‘reaching for the stars’

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!

Lizette Campbell’s husband Peter took this beautiful photograph of the starry details on the gloves
The opening for I dream of a world where love is the answer moved the air with the power of song and love and beauty
here’s some photos that just came in from Bronwyn Berman
lots of of wondergood conversations
surprise and laughter
Fiona Dempster and Barry Smith sent these photos & will post more on their blogs tomorrow
Nanette Gilbert sent photos & a big hug from Grace in northern Californialove this photo of Dotti and Bronwyn
my brother Paul & Old Man Crow getting ready to play
I dream of a world where love is the answer
after the Hon. Dr Meredith Burgmann opened the show (photo courtesy of Artsite Galleries)
with deep gratitude to everyone who made this dream come true
namaste

PS  Fiona Dempster of Paper Ponderings, Barry Smith of Rustnstuff, and Nanette Gilbert of Stitch and Sow have written beautiful reviews of the opening with lots more photos!
PPS Sharmon Davidson has written a wonderful post for the dream on her blog

the starry gloves in place
the cloud of tulle buttoned on in a detachable and almost elegant way
Sharon People’s lace heart stitched into place forming the bridge to the cloud of tulle
pennants, oddments, cloud of tulle and starry gloves settling in
riding the wave of love
the two lines of pennants will gain height and make a gentle upward curve suspended from the light rail in the gallery
armature in situ for the photoshoot in the gallery a couple of weeks ago
getting there!
The online catalogue is sorted, just waiting for the professional photographs to be taken in the gallery on the 28th at 10am & inserted on the 1st to go live for the preview on March 2nd. The opening is on the 3rd in 4 weeks, we will take it up to the gallery to install on the 25th

my sculptor friend Bronwyn Berman advised making a  cardboard pattern to wire the starry gloves
with stainless steel tie wire
it worked!
the wires give the gloves enough support to hold the cloud of tulle & the rope lines for the pennants
time to make some more parchment stars
Magic Days!

A Starry Necklace

Posted: September 28, 2018 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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A Starry Necklace Mo 18
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
detail of tagua pentacle & parchment stars stabilized with silk organza
detail of bone bead for the fastening
on Monday I helped sand the gallery floor at Artsite with a belt sander, it was hard yakka but Madeleine is a wiz she attached an industrial vacuum cleaner to the dust extractor hose and it worked a treat!