About Wilma Millette

Collage Mixed Media Artist http://www.creartfuldodger.com

New World Brain

He kept all of  his brains on pedestals. It was the only way he could compartmentalise his new world thinking.

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The ephemera: original vintage atlas map projections; high quality reproductions of vintage anatomy illustrations and decorative columns.

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Flotilla

Ohé Ohé matelot, matelot navigue sur les flots.

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The ephemera:  Various original letters and bills from the 1800s to early 1900s. Various original snippets of altas maps from the 1940s and earlier.

The found objects: One half of a papier mâché globe

Size: 22 inches by 30 inches on wooden cradle. Encaustic wax and cold wax finishes.

This was a challenge to myself to create a large piece. The composition changed as I began working on the piece.

I started with the boats..I adore making them and have become obsessed with them.

Next came the water and waves. It was quite challenging to get it right. I am not sure I am there yet but will make more in the future.

Finally the composition with the boats, birds and tiny globe and a top coat of wax on the waves.

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P is for perfect

Papillon, parfumé, pernicieux, particulier, pénétrant, palpitant et peut-être prédominant.

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the ephemera: original page from 1889 French school book; high quality reproduction of a natural history illustration of a butterfly.

The found objects: vintage zipper part; antique royal typewriter key; old watch parts & antique stopwatch face and workings.

Size: 6 inches square

Swallow Tail Watch Guard

He made a fine watch guard, with his quartz crystals ready to hand and his super sharp pen nib in his back pocket. Hooligans beware.

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Pen and Ink Butterfly

The ephemera: Original  French document from the 1800s, high quality reproduction of a natural history illustration of a butterfly.

The found objects: vintage watch face and parts; vintage pen nib.

Size: 6 inches square

Churning Butter…fly

Whirling, twirling, fluttering and churning he was determined to make the most of the last dog days of summer.

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Churning Butter..fly

The ephemera: original ledger page from 1912; high quality reproduction of a natural history illustration of a butterfly.

The found objects: antique small key; various bits and bobs from an antique pocket watch.

Size: 6 inches square

In the Studio: Library Card Catalogue Make Over

At the end of June I retired from my long time teaching job. My wonderful colleagues gifted me the old card catalogue from our school library…Best retirement gift ever!!!! They filled the drawers with all manner of curiosities for me.  The card catalogue was a little worse for wear so I decided to give it a make over. It is now finished and is a wonderful reminder of my years at Duncan Elementary School and my crazy colleagues.

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Removed the handles and after soaking them in vinegar and sprinkling them with salt, I popped them in a hot oven for 20 minutes…Presto beautiful patina.

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Then I took apart the cabinet and sanded off the varnish using a palm sander…60 grit so it is rough enough to take the stain. (Had to do it twice, lesson learned) Also needed to brush on a coat of water to raise the grain so it would accept the stain.

Stained the maple cabinet and all 30 drawers with Cherry stain and then 3 coats of polyurethane with a light fine sanding between coats…Lesson learned…first two coats should be gloss and last coat matte or satin.

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Huge improvement!

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Printed off labels on 200 year old paper.

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Filled the drawers with all manner of curious art supplies…

 

And voila the big reveal…my beautiful gift from my treasured friends and colleagues.

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Spare Parts

She kept her spare parts, neatly organized on the shelf, just in case.

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One of my first attempts at  assemblage box, years ago. Gifted to my sister.

The ephemera: picture of a stone angel, vintage sheet music, snippet of reproduction of a plan of the Vatican, fragment of an old love letter.

The found objects: broken cherub, vintage watch parts, crystal and an antique door pull.

Queen of the Night

She fiercely defended her right to rule over them all: the earth, the moon and skies and even time itself,  for these were HER realm. Woe be to those who would oppose her.

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Queen of the Night

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Queen’s Head

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Queen’s feet

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Queen’s Edges

The ephemera: Original ledger page from 1926; original vintage city plan from 1928; original antique bill of sale from 1800s; original world analysis from 1930’s atlas; high quality reproduction of natural history illustration of an owl from the npl collection; reproductions of lunar illustrations and other antique atlas offerings.

The found objects: original antique watch parts, original vintage alarm clock face; antique royal typewriter parts; tiny vintage light bulb; antique pen nibs; old watch movement; vintage military brass button: vintage house number.

Size: 14 inches by 18 inces

Raven Calling

Raven is calling, you can hear the clicks as he croaks out his message: See Warning A. Disused Ammunition Dump.  Bertha Island. Fog Sig. Pirate Rock. The warning is clearly encrypted, but as you well know, when Raven calls, you had better listen carefully.

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Raven Calling

The ephemera: Vintage Marine Chart 3590 belonging to my father; photograph of a raven printed on 100 percent rag paper; high quality reproduction of type writer keys.

The found objects: vintage rotary telephone dial; vintage red light bulb; antique key hole; vintage watch casing;  tiny vintage watch gear; old parts from a 1920’s royal typewriter; vintage fishing lure attachment; vintage red cross pin.

Size: 9 inches by 12 inches on wooden cradle

Crow Time

It is always Crow Time, even when you find yourself in other parts of the world.

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Crow Time

The ephemera: Old Atlas Page from early 20th century; old measuring ribbon  bit; textured paper; photo of a crow.

The found objects: reproduction of a radio tube on wooden; original vintage watch face

Size: 3.5 inches by 12 inches

Joséphine

Joséphine was always “à la une” with the latest trends of fashion, but had she gone too far this time.

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Joséphine

The ephemera: Original document from 1800s; handmade scrap-booking paper; high quality reproduction of vintage portrait.

The found objects: antique key; antique typewriter key; vintage pen nib; antique key hole; royal typewriter parts

Size :  7 inches square

Novels and Tales

Mysterious Theatre with Vincent Twice, Vincent Twice.

This week’s episode The Tale of the Man with the Shrinking Head.

Will we ever unlock the solution to this puzzler?

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The ephemera:   High quality reproduction of damaged vintage portrait; vintage book cover.

The found objects: vintage brass drawer plate; vintage decorative key hole; toe bone of a deer

 

The lamplighter

Miss Cummins was the lamplighter. She illuminated young minds, showing them the way to self-realisation. She continued thus until her disintegration. Eventually all that was left of her was her fancy hat and legion of followers.

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The ephemera: vintage book cover;  damaged vintage photo.

The found objects: tiny vintage automotive light bulb; unidentified seed pod from central america.

Contes de Molière

Raconte-nous vos mystères cher Molière. Plume à la main, il dévoile l’histoire de Delphine qui disparaît devant nous yeux.

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The ephemera: Vintage book cover, dammaged vintage photo.

The found objects: antique pen nib, peacock feather, old game pieces.

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WestWard Ho!

Westward Ho! Charles shouted, his enthusiasm for adventure overtook him, as all the possibilities created cracks in his conventional veneer, letting his inner most thoughts seep through, overwhelming him. Go forth Charles, meet your destiny!

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The ephemera: dammaged vintage portait; vintage book cover.

The found objects: tiny gears from antique pocket watches; vintage brass key.

The World’s Children

Make believe

‘Let’s put on our glass helmets and pretend we are in the transporter on the Enterprise.  You can be Spok and I will be captain Kirk. We can beam down to the planet surface and have an adventure.”

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The ephemera: High quality reproduction of vintage portrait of fanciful children; antique book cover.

The found objects: bit from a vintage slide ruler,  vintage pressed flower found in old book; vintage glass lenses

Media: cold wax collage

The Ideal Family Life

“Martha has the ideal family life” so it was said about town. “She is the perfect homemaker; tidy, krafty, organized, respectable and reliable.” This was certainly the outwardly appearance, what one saw at first glance…but the cracks were beginning to show.

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The ephemera: Handwritten recipes from the 1940s by my mother; vintage book cover; reproduction of dammaged vintage photo.

The found objects: old nails found while renovating my house; paper wasp nest; vintage buttons; vintage furniture tacks.

Zooming

Zoom Zooming:  His party hat firmly planted atop his head, his bionic wing for steering  and his vacuum tube for zooming he set off zoom zooming.

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The ephemera: Original French Document from the 1800 s; high quality reproduction of a natural history illustration of an owl.

The found objects: antique typewriter parts; antique watch parts, old broken bull clip; wooden reproduction of an antique vacuum tube.

Size: 7 inches square

Jean Belzon

Fourrages et pailles et tout autre besoin pour la construction des nids …foin naturel, avoine … je vous offre un prix spécial et mes assurances de première qualité etc. etc.

Jean Belzon

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The ephemera: Original Bill Head 1904; high quality reproduction of a natural history illustration of an owl.

The found objects: antique pen nib; antique watch casing and parts; vintage can opener bit.

Size: 7 inches square

Under Starry Skies

Under starry skies,

He sat and contemplated life.

He let go of the lies.

He let go of the strife.

Now wiser than before,

Ready to face the night,

once more.

SOLD

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The ephemera: Original French Document from 1822; Original star chart from 1933; high quality reproduction of a natural history illustration of an owl.

Found objects: bird’s nest; twiggy branch.

Size: 14 by 16 inches

Deep sea Crabinator

Bottom dweller he well may be, but he is definitely a force to be reckoned will.

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The ephemera: vintage atlas map; antique French document from 1800s; high quality reproduction of an natural history illustration of a crab.

The found objects: antique watch gears; antique royal typewriter parts; vintage fishing tackle; vintage screen tack and other found objects.

Size: 7 inches square

Mechanical Pink

He was fully functional, keyed up and ready for his first Autonomous Adventure as an Automaton.  No Droguerie necessary.

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The ephemera: original French billhead from 1900; High quality reproduction of a natural history illustration of a fish.

The found objects: vintage fish tackle; tiny antique key; antique typewriter and watch parts.

Size: 6 inches square on wooden substrate.

King Fly

He was so fly. King of them all with his crown, his medal and his F for…. Let’s just say he was fly.

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The ephemera: original French ledger page from 1913; high quality reproduction of a natural history illustration of a fly fish.

The found objects: vintage pin from Mexico; typewriter key F; antique typewriter and watch parts.

Size: 6 inch aquare.

Guardian of the Deep

Ninja Squid, guardian of the deep. Beware to all who dare to enter his domain. “En garde!”

aka One-eyed Sid the Squid

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The ephemera: Vintage atlas map 1929; vintage french document 1800s; high quality reproduction of natural history image of a squid.

The found objects: glass doll eye 1890; vintage pin, antique watch movement; antique typewriter and watch parts.

Size: 7 inches square

Swallow Tail Time

It was  l’année 1909,  and the Season was upon them.  It was Swallow Tail Time, elegant, fragile, and yet, anything but sedate.

SOLD 😁

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The ephemera: Original Ledger Page from 1909 France; high quality reproduction of an antique, natural history illustration of a swallow tail butterfly.

The found objects: Vintage watch face, antique key; vintage watch hands and small found metal parts.

Size: 6 inches square