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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. )



Prints of some of my pieces are available for purchase at Fine Art of America

http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/wilma-millette.html

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.

STANDING FIRM: assemblage

He was

standing firm,

sticking to his convictions,

even under close scrutiny

and in the face of dissent.

He knew he had the key

to a better future.

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The lid of the box opens and closes to give a different effect.

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The ephemera: vintage mugshot , vintage lighthouse postcard.

The found objects: cigar box ( thank you Tommy), antique optical lense, vintage key, old serial tag, old game piece number.

HANDLE WITH CARE: assemblage

Handle with care. 

Caution.

Do not turn the handle

Do not touch the bird.

Do not drink the poison.

Do not turn on the oven.

Do not do things by halves.

Do not follow the rules.

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The ephemera: vintage postcard, vintage postal stickers, old stamp.

The found objects: old cherry-red slide rule, tart tin, vintage wooden coaster, old address number 1/2, old hemp twine, retro oven timer, small antique bottle and vintage poison label, antique door handle, antique clock part, old drawer painted red and a pretty red-headed bird.

SOUS LE VENT: assemblage

Sous le vent

Si tu crois que je t’oublie, écoute

ouvre ton port aux vents de la nuit,

ferme les yeux

et fais comme si j’avais pris la mer

j’ai sorti la grande voile et j’ai glissé sous le vent

Fais comme si je quittais la terre

J’ai trouvé mon étoile et je l’ai suivie un instant

sous le vent.

- Jacques Veneruso

 

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The ephemera: old map of italy, vintage postcard.

Found objects: vintage fishing lure and flasher, vintage vials with china paint, vintage thread spool, old door knob, tiny coconut, vintage hinge, printer’s block X.

PETER HAS HIS GAME FACE ON : assemblage

Ever since kindergarten Peter had always loved playing games…but never by the rules. Devious, he hid behind a complicated set of moves, needing to win at any cost. It was all about power and perception. Others are starting to see through him of late, questioning his intentions and backing him into a corner. Had Peter finally out manoeuvred himself?

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The ephemera: original pages from an antique French copy book from 1890 containing the words  homme honnete; original pages from an antique Larousse dictionary from 1900 containing the words jeu, facade and deception, reproduction of vintage caricature drawing.

Found objects: vintage game pieces including lotto card, poker chip, chess piece, bingo numbers, dice, dominoes , scrabble tiles, a playing block, old slide ruler and vintage number 1.

 

BROKEN BUT BEAUTIFUL

What is broken can be fixed.

Live, make mistakes.

Be afflicted but not crushed.

 Be perplexed but not driven to despair.

Restoration is possible.

                                      It is when we are broken that we seek wholeness.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe ephemera: old architectural plans, vintage photos of flying french nuns, french manuscript from 1868, antique french hand written letter from the 1800s.

Found objects: frozen charlottes, old metal slide frames, a broken bit of old pottery, a vintage clay poker chip, an old door knob, a tiny blue bottle, top of a broken antique ink bottle, old print block ampersand , vintage house number and a vintage cast iron decorative detail.

 

EMPTY NEST

She spent her days building the nest.

With care and love, it was warm, secure and nurturing.

It was her most important task in life.

Time passes and the fledglings have left

the nest empty.

The task is complete.

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The ephemera : Old map of France, handwritten envelope destined for Paris, handmade paper with tiny twigs, old dictionary pages. Found objects: birds nest, antique key, door handle, small icon, beach glass, old crystals from a chandelier, beach stone and vintage thread.

THIS MAN REFUSED TO OPEN HIS EYES: assemblage

This man refused to open his eyes
to the possibility of a different kind of life.
He remains imprisoned
by the same old patterns
that got him here in the first place.
Trapped by his unwillingness
to make a change.
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Assemblage box: How to

Step one Find a suitable box: old wooden whiskey crate

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Step two:
Cover the box inside and out with old papers…in this case city plans from an old atlas and an old french document from 1868

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Step three:
Gather found objects and ephemera that suit the theme or idea
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Step four:
Make shelves to fit chosen objects
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Step five:
Affix shelves and main image (mug shot from the 1920s)
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Step six:
Affix found objects
beach combed door handle, padlock, key, metal arrow tag, safe dial, glass eye ball, fishing hook, mouse trap, wooden castor

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MOUVEMENT: étude du squelette

The three of them moved as one, with grace and strength, always together and yet always restricted by the watchful and critical eye of propriety. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Main Box:The grace, strength and beauty of the three of them united in movement and affection.
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Lid:The strict eye of Victorian society, censoring and judging them for their alternative life style.
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The ephemera: Vintage dancer/acrobat photo; vintage pharmacie label, vintage postage stickers, page from French school workbook from 1886.
Found objects: lid from an ink bottle, electrical tag, old fuse, clock part, vintage key tag from the Empress Hotel, dolls leg, old folded ruler, vintage metal slide cover, vintage house number and an old cigar box.

YOU WILL BE ASSIMILATED redux : assemblage

Borg Queen

You will be assimilated.

Resistance is futile.

This is a remake of the original piece that is now defunct.

See CATartrophe http://creartfuldodger.wordpress.com/2013/04/03/catartrophe/

creartful dodger you will be assimilated again assemblage copy

The ephemera: reproductions of old plans, handwritten manuscript from 1889, old text cut into a diamond pattern, unfinished painting by Lucas Cranach The Elder.
Assemblage bits: old binocular parts, gears, nuts and bolts, typewriter keys and parts, rusty registration plate, tiny light bulb

JARDIN DE FLEURS

Swanning around the Jardin de Fleurs, floating in a dream of turquoise and seafoam, reading and re-reading the love letter from Paris. “Comment prouver mon amour…. ” sigh!

This piece was made specially for a friend I have not yet met, and she loves turquoise and seafoam.

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The ephemera: old french door and window, vintage garden sign, Georges Buffon’s swan, botanical flower illustration, snippet from a French love letter written in 1900  (found at a flea market in Paris by Creartfuldodger.)

DAUGHETER’S DENDRITES: digital collage

Zoé Portejoie….tu nous apportes de la joie,,,mais ce n’est pas du tout à cause de ta beauté éblouissante…mais non, c’est surtout à cause de ton esprit généreux, de ton coeur tendre et de tes pensées réfléchies.

Mamandaughter's dendrites creartfuldodger collage

 

The ephemera: photo portrait, old French receipt, tree in winter.  black birds in flight.

Black bird stock photos found here: http://frankandcarystock.deviantart.com/gallery/36840549/Black-bird-STOCK

STAMPED: digital collage

STAMPED: ALTERED PORTRAIT

Her experiences were stamped on her face as if they had been written there for all to see.

She wears each wrinkle and each imperfection proudly, like badges of honour.

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The ephemera: vintage photo, handwritten French letter from the 1800s, vintage botanical drawing of seaweed, vintage French envelope with stamps and postmarks.

This is a departure for me in both subject matter and technique. More altered portraits to come.

APPAREIL RESPIRATOIRE: collage

All is not well with the appareil respiratoire.

It is clogged, the pressure is building, something is going to blow.

Just breathe.  Slowly.  In and out, in and out .

You will be fine….or not.

Appareil Respiratoire collage creartful dodger

The ephemera: photo of old smoke stacks, page from a cahier scolaire from 1889, natural history photos of crows and ravens, a fragment from an old receipt,  reproduction of a vintage gage. Encaustic Wax as a top coat.

 

THIS END UP : encaustic collage

This end up! Fragile! Caution! Do not shake!

creartful dodger collage this end up brid collage

Prints available for purchase here:http://fineartamerica.com/featured/this-end-up-creartful-dodger.html?newartwork=true

The ephemera: old letter, vintage house number, water tower, old postal label, natural history photo of a raven, photo of a tree in winter, encaustic wax.

7″ by 7″ on wooden block.

 

 

VICTOIRE DUCLOS: collage

Victoire Duclos ready to take flight, leaving her words behind on the page for others decipher one hundred years later.

creartful dodger collage Victoire vintage bird

Prints are available for purchase here:

http://fineartamerica.com/featured/victoire-creartful-dodger.html

The ephemera: original document for the purchase of land from 1886, original envelope handwritten by an angry client to her lawyer in Paris, copies of natural history illustrations of a bird and flowers, original vintage French stamps.

 

TURN ON THE SPRINKLER!: collage

One of the best kept secrets in all of Paris…the Eiffel Tower is actually a giant sprinkler….so that is why they have all those lovely green spaces!

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The ephemera: a vintage photo of La tour Eiffel, an old French receipt, an  old decorative border and a vintage water tap

SOS NUMBER 259

SOS! Let me out of here! Who, who locked me up?

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The ephemera: a vintage owl natural history illustration ( reproduction), Old hand written French receipt from 1901 ( original ), a vintage padlock and key, 3 vintage metal typeset letters, a small bottle of china paint powder (golden brown ), a vintage post box number  and some rusty wire mesh.

Size : 8 inches by 8 inces

For locals I sourced the key and the letter press SOS letters here:

https://www.facebook.com/EverythingOldCanada?fref=ts It is a very cool shop in Saanich near the ferries.

 

BELLE-MÈRE: reversed transfer collage

Voici ma belle-mère.

Muguette Renaud Millette.

Belle. Mère. Grand-mère. Jamais oubliée.

Bonne fête des mères.

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Ephemère :  page d’un cahier scolaire,  page d’un dictionnaire français,  lettre ancienne,  carte de restaurant , photo de ma belle-mère.

 

JAIL BIRDS: A COLLECTION part 4

Jailhouse Rock

The warden threw a party in the county jail.

The prison band was there and they began to wail.

The band was jumpin’ and the joint began to swing.

You should’ve heard those knocked out jailbirds sing.

 

Lyrics by A. Schroeder et. al.

 

Elvis Presley (The king) “Lay it on me daddy-O”

 

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The ephemera: Muybridge’s man with a hat, old mugshots, natural history owl, vintage tickets, old mail labels, ledger pages, a handwritten French letter from the 1800s, a vintage london hotel luggage sticker and an old undertakers calling card.

 

Here is the complete collection assembled in its frame. ( 20 inches by 20 inches square)  The blocks can be moved around as your fancy takes you. See blue collection and green collection for more about how the blocks can move in the frame.

Prints of Jailbirds are available for purchase here

http://fineartamerica.com/featured/1-jailbirds-creartful-dodger.html

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JAIL BIRDS: A COLLECTION Part 3

Go directly to jail.

Do not pass go.

Do not collect 200 dollars.

Who will receive the get out of jail free card?

It’s up to you.

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The ephemera:  vintage mugshots, an old receipt, a vintage postcard from Amsterdam, a Paris hotel luggage sticker, an old pharmacy label, an old photo of a water tower, muybridge’s dancing girl,  a natural history owl illustration, the cover from an old manuscript, vintage ticket stubs, natural history eggs, a nest and a scrap of old wall paper.

(Will anyone choose Adolph? I wonder.)

 

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.