Posts Tagged ‘reaching for the stars’

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

Old Man Crow came home last night from the pub with a T-shirt his mate Badger had printed of his face on the Mona Lisa, low brow art at it’s best!
Talking of art, visited Obsessed: Compelled to Make
photo by Jules Boag of Lorraine Connelley-Northey weaving with barbed wire
from the ADC website
at the Australian Design Centre to listen to Louise Weaver and Kath Inglis talk about their work and process (sadly Lorraine Connelley-Northey couldn’t be there). The show is a different way of looking at craft as art with key works from each artist displayed alongside videos with headphones which I found oddly disturbing in the gallery context as it distanced me from the work rather than engaging directly although I enjoyed watching each of the videos at home before I went into the show. The ground is shifting in the arts, the need for working with our hands and engaging with art is more important than ever…
On the way home I popped into Stanley Street Gallery
loved Shaun Hayes whimsical stoneware
& Artsite Gallery’s Sydney Printmaking 2018
a brilliant show, if you’re near town don’t miss it !
Reaching for the Stars is getting there, will be finished by March!