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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!

I ran out of cane toad skins so I have been making stars from a piece of vellum parchment dated 1812
I cut each star out by hand with a no.11 scalpel blade
a sharp needle, fine vintage cotton and thick linen thread
the first stitch
holding
I use tweezers to bend each point
the antique vellum is so fine and strong it doesn’t tear at all!
nearly done
ready to go
stitched and knotted into the centre of the bound cotton rope
Cass from String Harvest sent sample lengths of Australian cotton rope in 3mm, 4mm, 5mm & 7mm
the 5mm cotton rope will work perfectly for hanging all the pennantsJudy Martin’s poem book is such an inspiration
beautifully photographed with such deep and thoughtful words
Magic Days!

it’s the Full Moon in Pisces
Celestial Times Zodiac Series © Mo Orkiszewski 1999
the binding continues

inspired by Tim Ingold’s Thinking into Making
I want to buy this book, he has a lot to say about making knots!
it’s getting there!

the armature is in the studio
with space to move around and much better light
meeting The Gathering
a balancing act
made with antique lace, linen thread and cane toad skin stars
bound with love in every knot and stitch
time stretches, the days are getting longer and Spring is just around the corner
Magic Days!

Cane Toad Skin Stars Mo 18
linen thread and cane toad leather
I love making these stars!
they will help with binding the blue leather branch to the palm inflorescence
and integrating Reaching for the Stars with The Dream
spring is in the air, the first jasmine is out!
The Letter U
from An illuminated Book of Cats © 2010
Mo Orkiszewki, Rod Morgan & Ariel P Cat

Reaching for the Stars Mo 18
Trudy Weil wears them with such style
photography: Madeleine Tuckfield-Carrano courtesy of Artsite Gallery
the perfect fit
with Trudy’s timeless black dress and pearls
playful
gracious
elegant
sensuous
style
wise
visionary
dreaming
the dream come true
Thank you Trudy & Madeleine!

Reaching for the Stars Mo18
vintage white leather evening gloves, linen thread
next weekend our elegant 85 year old friend Trudy will model the gloves
this photograph of Trudy was taken for a photography prize 5 years ago
(can’t remember the photographer’s name x fingers Trudy will!)
Reaching for the Stars will lead the lines of pennants for The Gathering!
the rusty steel mandala grounds the form & the felted pink blanket is protecting the carpet
the dress form with the branch in place will fit out the front door so now I can take it apart, wax the rust & start binding the branch and Bangalow palm inflorescence in electric blue leather and the last bits of the old wedding dress!
the Queen of the Night aka Epiphyllum oxypetalum flowered for my birthday yesterday
the flower only lasts one night and wilts at dawn