Posts Tagged ‘talismans’

The Solstice

Posted: December 22, 2017 by Mo Crow in Braille for the Soul
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Honesty Mo17
may you have a suitably Silly Season, a magic Solstice & wonder-filled New Year!
Let it go by Michael LeunigMichael Leunig is a national treasure, his cartoons have kept me almost sane for nearly 50 years!

“The Gathering”
Gathering through the web are a community of stitchers like me, deep listening women from around the earth making strong threads singing
‘I dream of a world where love is the answer”
The rusted steel dress form fit through the front door, the branch is the right size, the wok resting on the legs inside the body of the form is the mold for the egg shell vessel that the branch will grow out of
now that all the pieces are in the house I will draw it to scale and start working!
Liz Ackert’s pennant is here, Dee Mallon’s is on it’s way and Judy Lemezis has sent the first talisman of love for our beautiful broken world
2018 will fly!
Gathering the Dreams
I want to write a better statement & rebuild this blog over the holiday break to clarify where this work is going and to honour everyone who has gathered for love of our beautiful broken world
I raise a glass to toast all you brilliant women
magic is afoot!

the healing magic of stitch

Posted: December 16, 2017 by Mo Crow in friends, It's Crow Time
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On Monday our dear friend Penny who is a nurse and the most caring & compassionate woman I have ever met had a football sized tumour removed from her ovaries as well as a full hysterectomy and laparotomy, she sent this photo yesterday looking so well! When I heard the news that she was going into hospital I stitched a prayer into every one of those 300 little red x’s for her crow nightie/dress made out of an XXL Old Man Crow t-shirt, so happy to hear this good news!
then I received news that another dear friend Eliene who has the biggest & most caring heart is having some deep seated trouble with her lungs, so I sent her Moon Unit I via Express Post, should arrive Monday before the bronchoscopy on Tuesday
May you be well (((Eliene)))
May you breathe with ease
namaste

Judy Lemezis sent  a talisman of love for our beautiful broken world
with a card of blessings for the dream & inside a beautiful hand made envelope
containing a tiny handmade book!
(((Judy))) thank you for these beautiful words wrapped in love
namaste
you can see more of Judy’s work on her website

Holding the Moon

Posted: November 10, 2017 by Mo Crow in Braille for the Soul, It's Crow Time
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Holding The Moon Mo17
46cm circumference
weathered shell found on the beach in North Carolina, vintage electric blue leather, clay & bone beads from Africa, vintage glass beads, Lapis Lazuli, Gütermann blue upholstery thread, vintage linen thread
detail of weathered shell, love the glyphs written by the sands & sea

Lapis Lazuli Mo 17
a talisman for dreams in the fourth hour of the night
L 20cm x W 3.5cm
vintage Lapis Lazuli from Grace of Windthread, vintage Carnelian, brass, nickel silver, glass & ceramic beads, bat claws, knotted waxed linen and silk thread
Lapis Lazuli is the colour of the fourth hour of the night
Bat claws for night vision
Carnelian for holding

talisman-sketch
This is a call for making a small talisman of love for
“I dream of a world where love is the answer”
a collaborative project joining hearts from around the world
The talismans need to be small as there is a lot of weight to suspend already in
the 44 pennants  that have flown out to this circle of hopes and dreams
H 1.5cm x W 1.5cm (H 1/2″ x H 1/2″)
they can be made of anything that speaks from the heart of love for our beautiful broken world
cloth, stitch, metal, buttons, feathers, shells, stone, bone, wood, paper, etc
all the talismans will be stitched to the branches of the dreaming tree, they are jewellery scale like Mexican milagros
if you want to stitch, paint or write more words perhaps a paper or cloth scroll that is 1.5cm (1/2″) in height x as long as will fit into the width of 1.5cm (1/2″) when rolled up and tied with a thread
(using thin cloth or paper will help to give more space to work with)

Definition of a Talisman-
“A talisman is something thought to be imbued with some magical property. It can both protect, and radiate power, and is often used in ritual.”
from “Amulets – A world of secret powers, charms and magic” by Sheila Paine 2004
“The word talisman is derived from the Greek root teleo which means “to consecrate.” And it is precisely the act of consecration which gives a talisman its alleged magical powers. For contrary to the amulet, which is usually an object naturally charged endowed with magical properties, the talisman must be charged with magical power by the person preparing it. Also, while the amulet is used for general purposes, such as averting evil or attracting good luck, the talisman is always prepared for a definite reason.”
from “The Complete book of Amulets and Talismans” by Migene González-Wippler 1991

“Plant your love and let it grow” as Eric Clapton sang all those years ago
if this resonates with your heart & you want to make a talisman please e-mail <mocrow(at)iinet.net.au>
for my snail mail address, the talismans will need to be made & posted to me by December 2018
the installation will be exhibited in the Braille for the Soul show scheduled at Artsite Gallery for March 2019

am halfway through reading “No is not enough” by Naomi Klein, it’s heavy going, our beautiful broken world is in a very precarious place, the hollow men that have made this corporate coup are paper tigers, we can make them irrelevant with love for our beautiful planet and caring for each other but things are going to get very strange in the process
“I dream of a world where love is the answer”