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.
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.
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?
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.
The 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.
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.
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
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.
Assemblage box: How to
Step one Find a suitable box: old wooden whiskey crate
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
Gather found objects and ephemera that suit the theme or idea
Make shelves to fit chosen objects
Affix shelves and main image (mug shot from the 1920s)
Affix found objects
beach combed door handle, padlock, key, metal arrow tag, safe dial, glass eye ball, fishing hook, mouse trap, wooden castor
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.
Main Box:The grace, strength and beauty of the three of them united in movement and affection.
Lid:The strict eye of Victorian society, censoring and judging them for their alternative life style.
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.
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
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.
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.)
As the map of her mind began to form she was encouraged by first her family and then her teachers to think deeply and make connections. Her mind map then formed many paths, intricate and interwoven leading to a future full of possibility.
The ephemera: vintage photo, old map of Marseille.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
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”
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
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.
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.
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 )