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This website is a portfolio of my work in collage and altered art. 
( I usually post once a week on Sundays...but no promises. )

I see beauty in everyday objects from the past and like to re-purpose them in  artful ways in my pieces. A trio of old door knobs, well worn from all that opening and shutting, the patina is perfect.An ordinary document, for the sale of a parcel of land, so beautifully written, on parchment paper.

JAIL BIRDS: A COLLECTION part 2

It wasn’t me, it was the one armed man!  (The Fugitive)

Were they framed?

That is for you to decide.

Here is part two of the JAIL BIRD collection.

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The ephemera: natural history owl illustrations, old mug shots, flying nuns (or are they?) , hotel luggage label, mail stickers, whiskey label, playing card, old ledger pages and vintage bingo cards.

JAIL BIRDS : A COLLECTION part 1

Jail birds, captured and imprisoned. What were their crimes? That is for you to discover. Follow the clues.

This is a 4-part post. There will be 16 jail blocks in all : each with their own tale, each one part of the whole sad story.

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The ephemera: vintage mugshots, various old receipts, natural history owl illustration, vintage hotel sticker,  registered mail label, an old house number from an establishment in Chinatown, an old coupon and an antique playing card ( thank you to http://wingsofwhimsy.wordpress.com/ for this image )

ALTERED MAIL

Old postcards put to new use…

    Keep Calm and Carry on.

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  Ephemera: stamp of Winston Churchill, old photo of children, vintage airmail labels, old letter, ration stamps, a vintage post card and reproductions of vintage cancellation stamps.

Get out of Jail Free 

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  The ephemera:  vintage postal labels, old mugshot, old polish stamp, old postcard and reproductions of old cancellation stamps.

    Handle with Care

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  The ephemera: vintage French stamp, old postal labels, two old postcards and a pretty red bird.

          Par Avion

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The ephemera: two italian stamps, various vintage postal labels, a natural history illustration of a dragon fly,  numbers from the border of a vintage map and an old postcard.

YOU’VE GOT MAIL: altered post cards

You’ve got mail Harvey….from Juliette. That poor little Belgian girl that you mislead with your winning ways. Now she writes to you imploring you to answer her, to love her. At first the postcards are in French and then she learns English, to please you. She is hoping you will reply. Little does she know that you also receive postcards from Jane and Helga and Maria and others…Did she live a life of bitterness, cursing those drat Canadians or did she find someone after the war was over…maybe she went on to lead a happy life. We will never know.

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Here is the long suffering Juliette. And on the reverse….
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Yet another missive from Juliette…She has hand drawn a speech bubble with the letter H for Harvey. And on the reverse….
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The circus is here, arriving by paquebot. Maybe Juliette went to cheer herself up.
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Voila Jane, a more sensible English paramour, who only wrote once to charming Harvey. And on the reverse…. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA   

Jane’s bicycle and a few  dancing girls to spice things up.
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And finally here is Harvey ( on the left). Are we being too harsh with you Harvey. You are awfully young and it was the Great War after all and you were far from home. Still, you could have been kinder to Juliette. And on the reverse…..

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Mugshots and turpentine.. not very subtle I admit. But that is how it is Harvey.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA    Thank you to Lori for gifting me your uncle Harvey’s postcards. He is long gone but his        exploits live on.

EPHEMERAL COLLECTIONS

The siren call of vintage paper ephemera. Some things are hard to resist: vintage bus tickets, old stamps, colourful vintage airmail stickers, stunning seed packets, beauteous antique pharmacy labels, handwritten letters, artful receipts, meticulous ledger pages… what will become of these snippets of the past.

A recent find …40 beautiful old French pharmacy labels in delicate lilac colour or soothing green. LOVE!.

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Stunning seed packet labels from 1900 in beautiful bright colours.

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My new favorite collection of vintage airmail stickers and other postal delights…stamps and postmarks are very high up on my ADORE list.

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And finally a rainbow of old French stamps gifted to me by a very supportive sister.

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NB background papers: include some of my most favorite items…old maps, vintage receipts, old postcards and handwritten manuscripts….SWOON!

PS I love using the drop shadow effect in Photo Shop Elements…so cool.

Painting over the aunties

I wanted to try a new technique of using gesso and paint over glossy photos…so I decided to paint over the Aunties. I do not think they would mind. I have turned them into thank you cards that I will give to relatives next time a thank you card is in order…which happily for me, is quite often, in my family.

Juanita and Wilma ( Neta and Billy) on the swing on Galiano Island 1926.
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Shirley and Nona under the umbrella, Chemainus 1941.greeting card 1

BIRD IDENTIFICATION: art tags

Looking for the Solution.

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Found it: X Y Z!  I guess two bird brains are better than one, when it comes to algebra.

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Ephemera: old book cover, handmade paper, leaf ribbon, an old metro ticket, vintage French pharmacy label, vintage French school book page and reproductions of Magasin Printemps card; Mississippi River Flood map; natural history birds images, vintage game board letters.

YOU WERE TAGGED

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Don’t cock it up! Label your suitcase with care.

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Don’t forget to take some reels of thread…you may need them on that trek.

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Ephemera: Old map of Algeria, cigar label and reproductions of vintage catalogue page; matchbox covers; old text and a Japanese postage label.

TITANIC TAG AND A CROWS FOOT: art tags

The steamer trunk is all neatly packed with all essentials necessary for the transatlantic voyage. She carefully affixes the tags to her luggage. The crows foot is for good luck. Will it arrive safely? Will she?

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Ephemera: handmade paper, cigar label, poison labels and reproductions of vintage calling card for a corset company in Marseille; a postcard of La Grande Roue, Paris, an old photo; an old map; a ticket for the launch of the TItanic; vintage postal label.

THE PASSING OF TIME : photo collage

Lichen, moss, chipped paint and rust…the passing of time leaves it’s mark on that which is made by nature and that which is made by man.

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A photo collage of greenish patina, the pictures were taken in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island in the dying days of 2013 and new years day 2014.

This is not my usual style but I wanted to try something different and it now is happily hanging in my living room, adding a bit of serenity to my busy, busy life.

AQUAMARINE BEAUTY : collage

A very French Hen gingerly negotiates her path amongst the aquamarine jelly fish  on her way to select her “parfum préfèré”  from the exclusive Paris salon. Will she have time for a chou à la crème chez Odette before making the journey homeward.collage beautiful bird

SEVEN SWANS : crackle paste collage

Seven Swans a swimming…..

But the pond is frozen and the house is warm with a fire in the chimney.

There is good wine waiting…all the relatives have left and the mess has been tidied up.

It’s the holidays…. let’s leave the swimming for another time.

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WATER TOWER : collage

A crow at work. Watching from the Water tower. Checking on the gauges. All systems ready to go.

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This is number one in a series of three mixed media collages called “A MURDER OF CROWS”.  Probably one of the greatest collective nouns around A MURDER. It is right up there with A GAGGLE!  Flock and School just fade in comparison really.

TIME FLIES : collage

My, my how time flies!

A raven, from his perch on the tube  station clock pours over the London map of poverty. Is he choosing where best to find plunder or is he pondering where to settle into new digs.

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Perhaps he has learnt to cultivate that slight hint of fustiness in his manner.

(that line is for you Wayne’s Radios)