Corina Dross and Jocelyn (Jo) Mosser are artists, sisters, and close friends.
They both enjoy many mediums, but Jo has a special affinity for painting and Corina for drawing. In 2011, Jocelyn had a strange and fruitful idea: a calendar for the coming year called “2012: The Last Calendar You’ll Ever Need.” (Remember when people thought 2012 might be the end times?)
Every year since the first “last” calendar, Jocelyn and Corina have teamed up to make a limited-edition calendar for the next year. Rather than repeat what worked once, they begin each project with new questions and genuine curiosity about what will happen. Their collaborations vary in style each year with their own themes and philosophy: one described a sequence of digestion and focused on breaking through obstacles, another called in abundance by adding more crows each month. That calendar, called “Abacus Corvus” (a play on the idea of counting crows), was what gave the partnership its name.
While making their 2017 calendar, Corina and Jo decided to make a calendar of "small spells"—pairing images and words to serve as focal points for people to use to amplify their own healing and magic in the world. The Abacus Corvus blog was born from this idea and the theme has generated far more than twelve ideas—thus, the illustration duo is now in their third year of creating a calendar of small spells.
What makes Abacus Corvus unique isn’t just that the artists are sisters, or that they take creative risks. Corina and Jocelyn both have a lifelong commitment to healing, and draw on the same sensitivities and attunement they use in their healing practices when they make art. This can lead to unusual creative habits, especially when working towards a print deadline, as they collaborate also with the unknown, listening to the current moment before striving ahead.