Posts Tagged ‘talismans’

a memento mori for Ariel

Posted: April 14, 2017 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time, magic
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A memento mori for Ariel, a talisman for Old Man Crow to hold onto, on Wednesday I began by stitching together a bundle of Ariel’s shed whiskers, tried adding some of his claw sheaths but that didn’t feel right, a white feather didn’t work either, tried binding the shard of a broken pot I found as we smoothed the earth in the hole for his grave but that wasn’t right either…  this morning my favourite sea worn piece of driftwood felt good so I lit a stick of incense holding Grace of Windthread’s one line poem “we are burning Karma and it smells like incense” in my heart for the making
Old Man Crow woke at that moment, Ariel had just visited him from the bardo
Ariel’s whiskers & Old Man Crow’s Bandaged Heart bound to my favourite sea worn piece of driftwood
you, me and the Ariel P in our moonboat
with so much love tonight under the waning gibbous moon

The Letter U from An illuminated Book of Cats © 2010

Carolyn Skinner of Oz Arts Magazine wrote a glowing article about our Crow Book!
now what was it that Dickens said ?… ah thank you Google
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”
isn’t it funny (as in odd rather than hilarious) how this is the saddest week of my whole life and the most exciting all at the same time!
On Monday Madeleine of Artsite Gallery sold “Honesty” in ” The GPS has no idea where I am going”
x fingers Dark Moon with Ladder sells too!
the show continues til the 23rd

PS we are missing Ariel so much but all the heartfelt good vibes from around the world are helping heaps

A Prayer Full Moon

Posted: November 15, 2016 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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a-prayer-mo-16A Prayer Mo 16
red felt, red silk, red waxed linen, a red button, red glass beads, grape vine tendril painted black, a weathered seed inlaid with red thread, bangalow palm inflorescence, turquoise, wishbone, lichen, emu feather, passionfruit vine tendril, thread

“On the lip of an abyss roaring with dark wind stood a tiny bush that bore an intensely red flower. The bush grew right on the very edge of nothingness, and yet somehow its roots were holding. It had a grip that no wind could disturb; it thrived there, all on its own, this modest little plant, and while the abyss yawned beside it, it went on bravely, doggedly flowering.”

Helen Garner “Notes from a Brief Friendship” 2011 p46 “Everywhere I Look” 2016
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a prayer in process

Posted: November 11, 2016 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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I stitched Helen Garner’s dream of the bravely, doggedly flowering bush on to some very thin strong silk then made a red flower with red felt, red silk, red waxed linen, a red button, red glass beads, a grape vine tendril painted black and a weathered seed inlaid with red thread.

“On the lip of an abyss roaring with dark wind stood a tiny bush that bore an intensely red flower. The bush grew right on the very edge of nothingness, and yet somehow its roots were holding. It had a grip that no wind could disturb; it thrived there, all on its own, this modest little plant, and while the abyss yawned beside it, it went on bravely, doggedly flowering.”

Helen Garner “Notes from a Brief Friendship” 2011 p46 “Everywhere I Look” 2016

“Sometimes it seems to me that, in the end, the only thing people have got going for them is imagination. At times of great darkness, everything around us becomes symbolic, poetic, archetypal.
Perhaps this is what dreaming, and art, are for.”

Helen Garner “On Darkness” 2015 p152 “Everywhere I Look” 2016
Helen Garner and Michael Leunig have helped me make some sort of sense of the world over and over since the early 70’s
the-banished-angel-by-michael-leuniga page from Michael  Leunig’s “Wild Figments”
making this small red flowering thing is a form of prayer…
prayer-as-a-wayfinder-mo16seeking beauty in the dark
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this weathered seed was washed up on a beach like a refugee …
the roots have let go, the brave red flower is riding the wild winds of these dark times

Dark Moon with Ladder

Posted: October 6, 2016 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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dark-moon-with-ladder-mo16Dark Moon with Ladder Mo16
Italian glove leather, grape vine tendrils, linen thread, black ink
Bangalow palm inflorescence white linen thread, glass beads, Titanium white acrylic
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dark-moon-with-ladder-back-detail-mo16back detail
wondering… will this be a free standing small sculpture or stitched onto paper & framed… ?
it’s not there yet but it’s getting there
under the influence of Jude Hill’s SunMoonStars
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Dark Moon with Ladder Mo16
stitched to Saunders Waterford 425 gsm H/P watercolour paper
PS time to let it rest for a bit & think about framing, will try to get some good photos once the sun comes up
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still trying to get a decent photo!

Toad-Moon-with-Ladder-and-Lichen-Mo16Toad Moon with Ladder and lichen Mo16
Jude Hill of Spirit Cloth
is just going with her SunMoonStars Diary which started on the Equinox
so I thought I would look back at some old moons
toad-moon-with-ladder-Mo-15-webToad Moon with Ladder Mo15
A-Love-Letter-to-the-Moon-framed-Mo-15A Love Letter to the Moon Mo15
blue moonBlue Moon Mo14
Dark-Moon-Memory-Keeper-by-Mo-Orkiszewski-2014Dark Moon Memory Keeper Mo14
blue moon talinistic dilly bag by Mo 2014Blue Moon Talinistic Dilly Bag (aka everything I know about the moon and the sea) Mo14
Crow Show RWDark Moon Dancer at Artsite Gallery
the Crow Show closes today at 5pm

Crow Eye Amulets

Posted: September 11, 2016 by Mo Crow in art exhibitions, It's Crow Time
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crow-eye-amulet-iCrow Eye Amulet I Mo15
black Italian glove leather, vintage mother of pearl button, bat claw, emu feather, black barnacle, silk steel wrapped grapevine tendril, black glass beads, waxed linen thread & leather cord filled with a rose bud & sprig of lavender wrapped in red silk
crow-eye-amulet-iiiCrow Eye Amulet III Mo15
glass crow eye and feathers lampworked by Kathy Dorfer, black Italian glove leather, linen thread, glass beads, beading cord, filled with rose petals for love, lemon scented gum for spirit of place, lavender for healing & rosemary for remembrance all wrapped up in raw red silk and every knot made with magical intent
crow-eye-amulet-ivCrow Eye Amulet IV Mo15
black Italian glove leather, glass, clay & bone beads, pentacle buttons, vintage ostrich feathers, linen and silk threads, bat claw, beading cord filled with raw red silk, rose petals, lavender, rosemary, lemon scented eucalyptus
Sold
crow-eye-amulet-vCrow Eye Amulet V Mo15
black Italian glove leather, linen thread, Avril washi mall yarn, Dairing Galaxy yarn,
vintage silk button with eyelet lace applique, glass beads, vintage ostrich feather, bat claw
filled with raw red silk, rose petals, lavender, rosemary, lemon myrtle
sold
crow-eye-amulet-viCrow Eye Amulet VI Mo15
black Italian glove leather, linen, silk, vintage silk button with eyelet lace applique, glass beads, emu feather, filled with raw red silk, rose petals, lavender, rosemary, lemon myrtle
crow-eye-amulet-viiCrow Eye Amulet VII Mo15
black Italian glove leather, linen thread, glass beads, vintage silk button with eyelet lace
filled with raw red silk, rose petals, lavender, rosemary, lemon myrtle
Sold
crow-eye-amulet-viiiCrow Eye Amulet VIII Mo16
black Italian glove leather, leather cord, boar bristles, vintage ostrich feathers, vintage mother of pearl button, linen thread, glass beads, Habu moire yarn, filled with rosemary, lavender, rose petals, lemon myrtle, raw red silk
crow-eye-amulet-9Crow Eye Amulet IX Mo16
emu feathers, boar bristle, glass beads, silk & linen thread, Habu moire yarn, glove leather, grape vine tendril, black ink

crow-eye-amulet-xCrow Eye Amulet X Mo16
emu feathers, grape vine tendril, glove leather, glass beads, silk & linen thread,
white acrylic paint, black ink
crow-eye-amulet-xiCrow Eye Amulet XI Mo16
grape vine tendrils, vintage dyed chicken feathers, bat claw, pentacle button,
glass beads, leather, linen thread, Habu moire yarn, black ink
crow-scarfCrow Scarf Mo 13 & Crow Eye Amulet XII Mo16
white cotton scarf dyed and embroidered in B&W, 
eelskin guitar string feather with crow eye amulet on Hakea twig
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crow-scarf-detail-rwcrow scarf detail photo courtesy of Richard Whitfield
NB Crow Eye Amulet II was gifted interstate

Old Man Crow is playing to the gallery this arvo at 3pm
the Crow Show is on til the 25th, come in and have a look if you’re in town!