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.

Infinity and beyond

Infinity and beyond, he declared, as he spread his wings, and set his gaze towards the heavens.


The ephemera: old french document 1800’s, vintage poison label, old photo b.p.l., vintage anatomy illustration.

Found object: vintage house number

Size: 8 inch square on wooden block

Interdiction de l’emploi des cerfs-volants

The rules were always for others, never for him. Everything was pared down to the bares bones, the essentials.


Commission for mon ami Deni qui aime l’histoire naturelle, les curiosités et la juxtaposition des éléments incongrus.

Size: 8 inch square on wooden block. Part one of a set of three.

The ephemera: page from 1800s school book, old receipt, old rules flyer, vintage anatomy illustration, natural history image of a black beetle.

The found object: antique optical lens.




Why only the bare bones?

Why turn left?

Why take the key?

Why take flight?


The ephemera: 1936 atlas page of city plan: page from vintage calligraphy book; page from old technical manual 1939; vintage postcard purchased from Trishia Jacobs Carney ;  image of a wing from the Graphics Fairy; image of a flying flock.

Found objects:  small bird bone, vintage key

Size : 8 inches square on wooden block



The process:  layers of original vintage papers with topcoat of gesso; completed with images, both reverse transfer and collage; finished with found objects and archival varnish. This was my demo piece made during my summer collage workshop. carte-postales-isabelle-1200021


Coeur de Cygnes

C’est mieux à deux, les yeux dans les yeux, les  cœurs des amoureux savent se battre à l’unisson.



The epehemera:  Antique French document, natural history image of black swan (times two), old letter and diamond decorative paper.

Size: 8 inches square on wooden block.



Faisan Présent

Monsieur Faisan

ici présent

fait son entrée

dans la société

sans se gêner.


The ephemera: Decorative paper, natural history image of ringed pheasant, beautiful French document from the 1800s.

Size: 8 inches by 8 inches on wooden block.



Par Vélo

La lettre,

si attendue,

est arrivée enfin,

ce matin,


par vélo.

par vélo

par vélo

The ephemera:  vintage air mile envelop, vintage air mile stickers and stamps, vintage bus ticket stub, vintage food ration tickets from 1940’s France, image of vintage bicycle.

The size: 4 inches by 6 inches, ready for framing.

Available at Bound to Be Different in Chemainus BC.


But the plans are upside down she said, how will you ever build your tower M. Eiffel? Hmpf he replied. Leave me alone woman, and so she did.


The ephemera: hygromètre of the eiffel tower, old airmile stickers.

Size: 4 by 6 inches reading for a frame.

Owl of the Week

He was thrilled to appear in the registry book as Owl of the Week.

Finally his wisdom was being recognised by the Parish.

Maybe now, he would get the respect he KNEW he deserved.



The ephemera: Old Parish Ledger from Halifax; natural history illustration of an owl, registered mail sticker from Marseille.

Size 4 by 6 inches, ready for framing.

Handled with Care

He soon learned that all adults needed to be handled with Care.


The ephemera: Wooden postcard, old vintage photo, reproduction of natural history illustration of a crow, reproduction of vintage tickets, original chart from mechanic’s hand book from 1930s,  original vintage stamp and postal sticker, reproduction of typewriter key.

Gifted to Julie-Marie. 

Love in a Mist



It is truly hard to resist!

Perhaps Alys will remember, with pleasure, her stay,

And return again one fine day.


Gifted to Alys of  Gardening Nirvana



OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe ephemera: original seed packet label for Nigelle aka Love in a Mist 1900; original airmail sticker, original vintage stamp, original blue denison label, original document from 1811; photograph of a peacock; original war ration stickers from 1944 France; vintage book cover.


Modern Geography

She turned the handle and escaped the schoolroom. She wanted to experience geography first hand, out in the real world, the modern world. No more books, no more governess, no more boredom. modern geography

The ephemera: Vintage photo of a pram in the Canadian winter; vintage portrait, old clip art of a door handle.

The found objects: Old house number, book cover of a school atlas from 1878, piece of a vintage yard stick, tiny draw pull, old corner stickers for photos.


Let’s going crabbing down by the shore.

I’ll bring the net you bring the pail.

crab postThe ephemera: original letter from 1878; original map from 1921 atlas; original stamps and postal stickers; original ration stamps from 1947 France; high quality copy of natural history image of a crab.

Fly fish, Fly

Fly little fish, fly. Registered, par avion, stamped and sealed, you are ready to go. Make haste, across the ocean,  Monsieur is waiting.

flying fishes

The ephemera: high quality copy of natural history illustration of fish; original letter from 1855; original airmail stickers, registered mail labels and stamps; original atlas map of the California coast from 1921.





Limber: limp; easily bent; pliant

He was limber; flexible; but not easily swayed by the currants and tides of the political times in which he lived; and certainly, not pliant.limber

The ephemera: high quality copy of natural history illustration of octopus; original letter from 1888, original vintage stamps and airmail stickers; original dictionary snippet 1900. Original atlas map 1921.

Size: 7 inches by 7 inches on wooden block

Like, likeable, likeableness.

It’s like…you know, I like you…you like me….we like the same stuff. Like I said, I’d like to hang out with you. Right, like, I get that! Let’s go for it, like maybe we could go for a bike ride. You’d like that right? Like, yah man! Cool, I like it!like

The ephemera: vintage time card, vintage number line, copy of vintage hotel sticker, vintage photo of the grand-parents in law, old dictionary snippet, vintage denison label, snippet from vintage envelope

size : 9 cm by 12 cm handmade greeting card



Summers at the beach at Saltair. 

Alberta and May gossiping in the shade.

The picnic, tucked in the basket can wait awhile.

Halycon days, watching  the grand children

sailing, padding, collecting shells.

Altered Cigar Box


The ephemera: Vintage photo of  Alberta and May. Antique original handwritten letter, original vintage postcard of sail boat, original vintage Map Projections from old Atlas, original vintage bill receipt and and a snippet of an original  vintage program to see Madame Butterfly.

The found objects: antique glass bottle, small sea urchin skeleton, fish vertebra, quartz crystal, bit of broken shell and and old cigar box.

Back of the Box : Map Projections


Details: Alberta and May, my two grandmothers, relaxing at the Beach at Saltair, Vancouver Island, Canada, in 1949 or 1950.




Bee hive

1, 2, 3 … y ‘en a un de trop.

C’est pas toi, c’est l’autre.

1,2,3 c’était mieux à deux

les yeux dans les yeux…

mais pas deux sans trois,

Je  veux  vivre sans toi.

1,2,3 mon soleil était toi

Je suis perdue.

3, 2, 1 c’est trois fois mieux toute seule

sans compte à regler

Et puis de deux perdus

Dix de retrouvés


– Camille St. Saens