Collage/Altered Art


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

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.


Natural History, naturally became Sir Percival’s passionate pastime. He travelled hither and thither across the globe in search of the quintessential specimen to add to his quirky collection. Meticulously mounted for display in his study at the Manor House, they piqued the curiosity of all those privileged enough to enjoy a peek.


Sir Percival himself                               his cabinet of curiosities


Sir Percival prepares for an expedition.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe curiosities



The ephemera : original old pages from medical dictionary 1933, original chart of systeme nerveux des animaux from French school book 1868, original page from an electrical manual 1924, reproduction of a natural history book title page, original French letter 1800s, original notarized document 1879, reproduction of label for cabinet of curiosities, snippet of a map of india, reproduction of vintage photo of Victorian man.

The found objects: wooden piano striker key, antique optical lense, copper nail, vintage silk cord, old book cover, jaw bone of a young deer, seed pods from tropical trees in Costa Rica, dried fungus, poppy seed cage, robin’s egg, peacock feathers, horse tooth, vial with deep blue delphinium seeds, manuscript dipped in encaustic wax and a small vintage box lid, wooden box with hinged lid.

The time bending machine

The time bending machine.

Enter with care, if you dare.

We may not find your hide nor hair.

Set the clock.

Turn the key.

And we shall see where you now be.

Past, Future or in between…

will you come back with tales of what you have seen?


The ephemera: original old city plan from 1933, original star chart from 1933, reproductions of poison and anecdote chart, Vitruvian Man and old manuscript.

The found objects: old scrap of measuring tape, vintage doll’s glass eye ball, vintage key, old brass frog, inner workings of an old cuckoo clock, vintage dial and watch face, vintage number 7 door plate. Old crate and hand turned bowl by Gary David.

This piece was gifted to Gary David in appreciation of his support of my work and his generous sharing of his photoshop skills.

Born to be Wild

Heading down the highway

Looking for adventure

or whatever comes her way.

Tilly was a woman to be reckoned with.

( Beatrice Shilling british aeronautical engineer and motorcycle racer)


Inside left of cigar box Tilly, her map and her tools.





The ephemera: originals: registered mail sticker, torn bit of letter sent via clipper, ration stickers from World War II, vintage French envelope addressed to a Parisian doctor, antique manuscript from the 1800s and  reproductions of vintage map of the south of France, reproduction of a vintage photo of Beatrice Shilling aka Tilly.

The found objects: old cigar box, vintage anagram letters, old gages, antique pocket watch, old switch, vintage key, vintage castor wheel, vintage zinc letter 3, old door knob.


“Meet me in the bike shed”  she said.

And there, they discovered that

their nuts and bolts were perfectly matched.


IN THE HOUSE  series 9/9. Series complete.

The ephemera: reproduction of vintage photo of my husband’s grandparents, original chart from school copy book from 1800s, original vintage label from tool cabinet, original piece of a vintage measuring tape. decorative paper.

The found objects: tiny lock for the bicycle, vintage game piece number.

Size: 3.5 inches by 11.75 inches on wooden house shaped block.

The Boathouse

The idyllic days spent down at the boathouse,

preparing the rigging,

checking the sails,

pottering about.


In the house series 8/9

The ephemera: map from japanese school atlas circa WWII; antique handwriting, reproduction of vintage postcard

The found objects: antique optical lense, vintage typewriter striker key, vintage numbered tack.

Size:  4 inches by 12 inches house shaped wooden block


He rarely left the Gate house,

preferring the Rolls, the Bentley, the Daimler to the Family.

He only barely put up with their presence

while chauffeuring them around the country side.

So naturally he quickly became the prime suspect…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

In the house series 7/9

The ephemera: old railway map of Britain, reproduction of vintage car illustration, reproduction of vintage mugshot, decorative paper.

The found object: antique key

The Hen House

Coq au Vin was one fine French, feathered fellow.

He liked to think he was king, ruler of the roost.

Whether yay or nay , hen pecked or not,

let us hope he does not wind up in the pot.


In the house series 6/9

the ephemera: original french receipt , decorative striped paper, reproduction of natural history illustration of rooster and hen.

the found objects: tiny brass crown


The quail quietly tiptoed in and made herself at home.

Squatter’s rights she then declared.

And just like that, she expropriated his inheritance,

leaving him in exile on  St. Helena.


In the house series: 5/9

The ephemera: original notarized document from 1868, reproduction of natural history quail illustration, decorative paper, original vintage stamp from St. Helena, vintage photo of spooking house.

Found object: old game number


Hey little goldfish

Where you going to?

Little goldfish let me swim along with you.

Little goldfish, we’ll have a whale of time

Put your fin in mine.

-from the movie “Hello Down There”


In the house series 4/9

The ephemera: reproduction of vintage bathing beauties photo, vintage image of blue fish, original vintage letter and stamp from 1904, decorative paper.

The found objects: old key hole, vintage label from old tool cabinet, old game piece number.

Size 10.5 inches by 3 inches house shaped wooden block


Hey, hey, hey good lookin’

What’ you got cookin’?

How’s about cookin’ somethin’ up with me.

In the house series 3/9

The ephemera: reproduction of Muybridge’s lady with a scarf, reproduction of puzzle pieces from antique game: “les metiers”, reproduction of recipe for Gone with the Wind Cake from my mother’s recipe book, decorative paper layered with old letter.

Found objects: silver oyster fork, vintage wooden lotto game piece

Size: 4 inches by 12 inches house shaped wooden block.


Matthew was in the dog house AGAIN!

He just couldn’t seem to get things right.

Will he ever learn?

the dog house

In the house series 2/9

The ephemera: original city plan from 1935 Atlas, french stamp from antique bill, reproduction of old mugshot, reproduction of london train station clock, decorative paper.

The found objects: deer toe bone found in the woods by yours truly, vintage postal box number.

Size: 12″ X 4″ X 1″ house shaped wooden block.


She was obsessed with the dollhouse. Nothing, but nothing else would hold her interest.

NB: New “In the  house” series : 1 of 9.

DOLL HOUSEThe ephemera : original vintage dictionary page ( with cool definitions like guillotine, gullible, guinea pig, guile and guardian ) ; snippet of a vintage calling card; vintage photo of solemn girl and doll; decorative victorian motif; original French stamp of general de Gaulle; photo of odd house number from fantan alley in Victoria, BC.

The found objects: german frozen charlotte doll

Size: 3.5 inches x 12 inches x 1 inch on house shaped wooden block


Cycling along the seine, on a winter’s day.

Winding your way through narrow streets, over bridges and quays.

You warm up with croissants and cafe au lait

Seven impossible adventures are coming your way.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe ephemera: original Paris vintage postcard, original love letter from early 1900s, original grocery receipt from 1910. Reproductions of vintage bicycle, tree in winter. Decorative diamond paper with old text.

Found objects: antique wooden anagram letters, vintage house number.

Fresh Figs #12 ~ Wilma Millette


Thanks Ben for sharing my work.

Originally posted on hello, fig:

Millette - Twilight Dreams

HOWDY! how-do?

new images / art / figs this week come from Wilma Millette (aka frenchapple) (aka creartfuldodger)

i feel there’s a kind of sweet darkness to a lot of Wilma’s work, if that makes sense

it seems sophisticated and playful but also kind of like a kid who spends the afternoon playing hopscotch then runs inside to watch the shining

or ummm, maybe that’s just me?

aanyways, here’s what Wilma herself has to say ~ ~ ~

I am a collage, mixed media artist from Vancouver Island in Canada. I have been playing with this medium for about 7 years. I strive to create a narrative in my pieces, hoping to give some relevance to the materials I use. I love the ordinary, often discarded and well-worn objects and paper ephemera from the past. They have a certain beauty that is often lacking in the modern world of mass…

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Vintage Fair Fun

mikone vintage fairLast Saturday I joined my friends Darcie and Holly at the Mikone Farm Vintage Fair held in beautiful Cobble Hill, BC. on Vancouver Island. This annual vintage is fair is not to be missed if you are on Vancouver Island in late June.

These two remarkably creative sisters had a wonderful stall and did very well indeed. Here is their beautiful display with a few of my collage pieces for good measure.

ruth and nelly vintage

Darcie of Ruth and Nelly Vintage and Handmade sells beautiful vintage linens and other treasures. She also designs and makes beautiful upcycled pillows, clutches and bags from vintage fabrics. Take a look at her business page. She does custom orders. Her pillows and clutches sold like hotcakes at the fair.

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Her sister Holly of Twisted Poppy makes beautiful handmade tunics using fine cotton/hemp blends and upcycled vintage lace tablecloths. I own one of her tunics and LOVE it. I have had it for a year now and it is still lovely. You can find her on Instagram @twisted_poppy.

twisted poppy

There  were many an added bonus to helping these two out. It was rather like a party as many  friends and colleagues visited the fair to lend their support.  One HUGE perk  was having our dear friend Alwen of Belle Brocante at the neighbouring stall. I ended up handing over all my allowance to her. Sigh! It was worth it! I kept sneaking over to visit her when Darcie wasn’t looking. He he he.  Check out some of the treasures I found. She also had a very successful day at the Fair. Everyone was blown away by her beautiful antique wares from the flea markets of France. Hurray for A. !

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd then, I happened upon a super deal…a 1920s vintage underwood typewriter for very little moola. So I went into the red. I have wanted one of these babies for ages. When I arrived home gleefully with all my treasures, the mister just shook is head sadly.


But wait, as if it couldn’t get any better, a few days later, my darling friend Darcie presented me with the best thank you gift EVER! A vintage cuckoo clock in a charming state of disarray, it’s innards delightfully exposed! I feel an extra super special assemblage may come out of this! Her mister made her throw in a bottle of wine as he thought she was off her rocker to offer me a broken clock as thanks for helping her out. He he he, how little they understand…but wine is good so thanks to the mister.


All in all a very satisfying enterprise.

This post is for Boomdee at Boomdeeadda as she requested that I post my finds from the vintage fair. Here you go K. Enjoy.

Par avion

Il s’en va au nouveau monde pour faire fortune.

Un dernier regard en arrière avant de partir.

Espoir et regrets se lisent sur son visage.

Par avion…pour de bon!



The ephemera : reproductions of vintage air mail stickers, old map, natural history image of owl and original vintage airmail stamp.



Via Air Pelican

Letters, packages, presents, tied up with string;

Cards, bills, receipts, invites and other things;

Post scripts, money orders, and mail order brides

All are waiting to leave, with the morning tide.

Rush order! fragile! or handle with care!,

Caution! this way up!  return to sender,  if you dare.

Stamps, stickers, post marks and registered mail.

Snow, rain, heat, even gloom of night won’t make us quail.

Via Air Pelican will deliver your mail… without fail.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe ephemera: reproductions of old natural history image of pelican, vintage air mail envelope, vintage airmail stamps and labels, decorative paper with text.

7 inches by 7 inches on wooden block.