Posts Tagged ‘talismans’

photograph courtesy Gab Bates December 2020

It’s a year since Old Man Crow left the stage, the saddest most magical year of my life.

“Poet Kahlil Gibran said, “The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.”
from The Geometry of Sorrow interview with Francis Weller

Fairfarren catalogue

Posted: April 3, 2022 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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Fairfarren was a good send off for Rod & portal for whatever will happen next.
For any enquiries please contact Artsite Contemporary

This arvo Barry Ferrier aka Doctor Baz will open the show at 4pm playing a selection of Old Man Crow’s songs with backing by Pierre Luniere on bass & John Kaldor on pedal steel
See you there!
Artsite Contemporary


Posted: February 26, 2022 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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Haptic Visuality

Posted: October 11, 2021 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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thinking about the sense of touch and how we see it through the shared light of our computer screens, the term Haptic Visuality has stuck in my mind over the last few weeks since reading Joy Buttress’s thesis “The Metaphorical Value of Lace in Contemporary Art: The Transformative Process of a Practice-Led Inquiry.” I had seen her work in the Love Lace exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum ten years ago
here’s a photo of Joy’s fabulous laser etched and embroidered leather gloves

This is a good distraction as Old Man Crow is in hospital under observation for the next few days getting lots of scans and tests done to see what’s going on in his stomach. He’s been quite unwell for the last 5 weeks, after a strong course of antibiotics for an evil bacteria that didn’t make him feel much better on Friday his doctor took some blood tests and after reading the results said he had better go to the hospital. I am not allowed to visit with the current Covid restrictions so am distracting myself here on the net & stitching Honesty

starting to take shape

with the two sides informing each other

and the Honesty out in the garden is starting to make new pods!

Jude Hill’s post from yesterday inspired this line
‘the holding of pattern, of thread, of the exquisite point in the hard steel of just going, in this going to where we are til we’re gone’
tonight I am just knotting thread… every knot holds a prayer

the Honesty memory keeper/talisman holder/go bag is well under way, yesterday I printed out Honesty XI from the Book of Honesty at A5 then transferred the image to drafting film

at just past the witching hour I pricked out the pattern with a sharp needle

and the reverse

was going to lace the leather into a hoop but it feels so good in the hand it needs to be stitched free

what a difference a day can make!


Posted: October 4, 2021 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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In all Honesty I looked hard at what I have done in the last month with these gloves and they are simply not working

time to put them away to incubate in the box of things that need to be reconsidered

I have learned a lot about how gloves are made and am especially impressed with the construction of the thumb but the leather is too beautiful to waste!

this talisman for focus is a good place to recalibrate

& drawing Honesty every day

Collector’s Choice 2020 at Artsite Galleries opens this weekend!
here’s my 3 offerings
Too dark? Mo 20
black glove leather, black leather cord, papier maché, grape vine tendrils, linen & silk thread embroidered text on vintage black suede over board
H 36.5cm x W 36.5cm D 5cm
Holding the dark Mo 20
black Italian glove leather over bookbinders board, black vintage suede lining, black leather cord, grape vine tendril, lead fishing weight covered in gold leaf, red and black Ormosia coccinea seed (a gift from Peter Webb  plant guru extraordinaire 1974), black linen thread, red Gütermann upholstery thread
H 8cm W 8cm x D 8cm
The chicken and the egg revisited Mo 20
eggshell mosaic over bookbinders board, lined with chicken leg leather & red leather cord held together with waxed linen thread, Gütermann upholstery thread & knotted japanese cotton, wishbone, red felt heart, myrhh, glass & ceramic beads, white feather
H 8cm x W 7.5cm x D 7.5cm

See you there!

Help Ever Hurt Never flaming heart from the House of Blues in New Orleans 1999
Stole of Bandaged Hearts - Help Ever Hurt Never by Mo 2011Hep Ever Hurt Never stitched into the Stole of Bandaged Hearts Mo 2011
thinking about the colour of kindness
“As we stagger forward, I think about the colour of kindness, realising that its colours and shades are not painted onto a person. They’re worn in.”
Markus Zusack “When Dogs Cry” (p45)

Acey is considering the colours of the chakras
Red is her first one
a powerful colour
the bass note that strengthens our spines, giving us courage and the fire of passion

Mike Worrall  The Portal of Intoxication
I love how this painting so perfectly describes the magic power of red

here’s a few red things I’ve made over the years
Heartline book Mo 2006
Book of Spells Mo 2008
Firebird Book Mo 2008
Firebird Talisman Mo 2015
red highlights were hand painted in the limited edition of The illustrated lyrics of Old Man Crow Mo 2016


A Traveller’s Talisman for my beautiful Piscean friend Trudy
turquoise bead brought back from Nepal by Jo New (RIP) when she walked the Mustang Trek in 2008
vintage ceramic, glass, brass and turquoise beads, red linen & silk threads
Trudy is the most stylish, elegant, big hearted woman I know
Here’s links to her Fishy Necklace and modelling Reaching for the Stars