About Wilma Millette

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

Time passages

Time is the great equalizer they say.

Altered Cuckoo Clock

They treasured the times passed and celebrated the marks it left on their faces, of lives well-lived. That was the key.

The Nest they had build had emptied but the bones of it remained supported by love.

Many doors had opened and some had closed.

The ephemera: old damaged vintage photos

The found objects: Original vintage or natural : clock case; brass bell; jar lid; door knob; paint tin lid; sprinkler head; gauge; key to the clock; tart tins; crow skull; bird’s nest; quail’s nest.

Note : This cuckoo clock was a gift from a dear friend. It has been in the studio for 4 years, intimidating me…until now. Thanks Darcie.

The Anatomy of Loss

Loss comes in many forms and needs to be grieved

but your body can help you through it if you will let it.

Altered Clock Case

Arms for reaching out. Heart for slow beats forward and Lungs for remembering to breathe.

Ear for receiving comfort; Mouth for speaking your truth; Eyes for looking forward to a new path.

Bones for Strength; Spine for bending without breaking.

Brain for looking for the gifts that often come with loss.

Loss in its many forms: represented by these beautifully disintegrating vintage photographs.

The ephemera: Original ledger pages from 1917; Complete Notarized document page from 1868; high quality reproductions of antique anatomy illustrations; damaged vintage photos; old encyclopedia pages.

The found objects: antique clock case; old kodak slide boxes; altoid tin; vintage red ten; various other vintage boxes; antique optical lens; vintage toy blocks.

This one was a labour of love.

Studio Tour

Our group Cowichan Artisans are holding our fall open studio tour.

Come out and Meet the Artisans

Follow link for brochure and map and full list of artisans. https://www.cowichanartisans.com/2017-tour-map

https://www.cowichanartisans.com/brochure

Visit my studio in beautiful Maple Bay. A renovated fishing cabin by the sea.

Explore the cabinet of curiosities that is my studio.

View my latest works

Check out my workspace

Free Event. Everyone welcome. 🙂

Artist Colour Box

Pigment, glorious pigment… sunny ochre; mud pie umber; depression blue; snake in the grass green; crime crimson; mysterious black; little lie white; plummy purple and orangutan orange. She drifted off into the colour wheel of her mind.

The Trousse

Artist colours

Artist Pigments

Artist Tools

ARTIST COLOUR BOX; An Homage to my Aunt Billy to whom these vials of china paint powder and old tools belonged. She encouraged me to be a creative and independent thinker right from the start…I still miss her after all these years.

The ephemera: Various antique colour charts and map legends; a vintage photo

The found objects: brayer; palette knife, artist brushes; silver spoon, vials of china paint powder; altoid tin ; round box; paiint tin lid; cigar box.

Grand World Tour

Eustace was jolly glad he had finally reached the epic age of 21 years. I shall set off on a grand world tour! he declared, his upper lip stiffening in the face of parental dissent. He bounded off to pack his case at the last minute and dashed off to the station.

Eustace’s hastily packed case…with all the essentials for a man about town.

Ready for Adventure

THE CONTENTS OF THE CASE

Tickets, Coins, Sponges and Such

Pocket Watch, dice etc…

A Map of Paris tucked under his passport.

World Tour : a homage to my son, who when moving to a new city for work at aged 21 decided to pack his Halloween costume; a large amount of sci-fi books and a huge monkey wrench, among other things, in the one suitcase Air Canada would allow.

The ephemera: Original Vintage: map of Paris; stamps; travel labels; stamps; snippets of letters; post card; transport tickets; luggage tags …

The found objects: vintage : dice; jeton; pope key ring; stop watch; tin tiny vial; sponge box; buttons; ladies garter buckle; bullet case; coin; silk thread; copper nail; key; locker tag; pen nib; pad lock ; measuring tape and cigar box

Secret Agent Man

There’s a man who lives a life of danger.

To everyone he meets, he stays a stranger.

With every move he makes, another chance he takes.

Odds are he won’t live to see tomorrow.

Secret Agent Man, Secret Agent Man,

They’ve given you a number, and taken away your name.

Johnny Rivers

Listen to Song while perusing the pics! Much more fun that way. 🙂

Johnny River
altered cigar box

Secret Agent Man’s AttachĂ© Case

Inextricably!

Nothing could save 006!


Secret Papers: boarding pass , tickets, micro film, target and blue prints.


Falsified Passport

Tools of the Trade: bullet; lock picking tool, skeleton key; tailsman; quick acting poison; spy light; radio tube. ( thanks to Q)

Altered Art

Enemy Agent disguised as creepy child.

SECRET AGENT MAN 0ne of my most favourite pieces to work on so far.! I have always wanted to be a spy…but now I can’t get the song out of my head. And what’s with that weird photo?…so creepy!

The ephemera: : Original: vintage photo; various tickets and passes; old slide frames; map and plan snippets; vocabulary card, postcard; war coupons and more

The found objects: vintage : cigar box; radio tube; chess piece; tiny light bulb; bullet casing; rusted nail; optical lens; luggage tag; old film negative; vial of mystery powder; game pieces

Island Life

Island life is much more laid back, they all agreed…you can hitch a ride to the harbour; hang-out with your peeps; chill out on the beach.., they would never dream of moving to the city.

SOLD 🙂 at the Maritime Centre Show.

Collage artwork
Seagull on top

The ephemera: Original vintage West Coast Marine Chart; vintage stamp from Poland of course; high quality reproductions of Natural History illustrations of sea creatures.

Size: 6 inches square.

Whales Ahoy

Call me Ishmael…or anything else you want to as long as I get to see whales he said.

Whales Ahoy by creartfuldodger (c)

The ephemera: origina vintage chart of the West Coast of Canada; original vintage stamp and registered mail sticker ; high quality reproductions of antique natural history illustrations of whales.

Size: 5 inches by 10 inches

Porpoise Harbour

They synchronized their swimming on porpoise so as to arrive in unison. They were carefully stacked like sardines but of course they were not sardines at all. Porpoise Harbour had never seen such a spectacle.

The ephemera: Vintage Canadian Marine Chart; vintage stamp, natural history illustrations of fish

Size; 5 inches by 10 inches

Open Ocean

Rolling, Pounding, Ebbing, Frothing, Thundering, Exhilarating, Gentle, Soothing, Calming ...WAVES.

Clear Sailing Ahead SOLD 🙂 Open Ocean Available at the Cowichan Maritime Centre until Aug. 18 along with more of my recent Works.

The ephemera: Original Vintage Atlas Maps and Nautical Charts; original hand written letters from the 1800s and food ration stamps from WW1.

Size: 5 inches by 10 inches.

Global Warming

The tides had turned

The Seas were on the rise

They ignored the warnings

They were in denial

Would choosing profit over the earth

Lead to their demise

The ephemera: Original atlas maps from the early 20th century

The found objects: Vintage Globe

Size: 24 inches by 36

Sunset Sail

Her majesty demanded that they turn the water into wine for her sunset sail. “We are amused” she gaily declared as she sailed out to sea.

SOLD 🙂

encaustic collage
Sunset Sail

The ephemera: original vintage dictionary and atlas maps; original bank receipt 1939: original vintage atlas star chart

The found objects: tiny metal star; vintage tacks; vintage silk thread

Size: 6 inches square on wooden cradle

Encaustic Wax, Molding Paste; Cold Wax

Night Sail

As night fell and twilight slowly darkened the waves, they set sail for new adventures.

Night Sail : Encaustic Collage

The ephemera: Original vintage atlas maps; original antique letter and stamps; original vintage night time map of the earth

The found objects: tiny antique cloth flag; tiny vintage map pin

Size: 12 inches square on wooden cradle

The Winds of Change

The Winds of Change had begun to blow….and yet they were still in denial.

The ephemera: Original vintage atlas maps; original antique letters; original vintage stamps.

The found objects:  Vintage Globe reproduction of one from the 1700s; original antique tiny flags: tiny vintage pins.

Size: 20 inches by 30 inches

The argument

He said; She said…it was the same old back seat driver argument they had had, a hundred times before.  They always got where they were going…eventually.

SOLD 🙂

Collage Artwork
Collage Artwork

The ephemera:  High quality reproductions of old map; vintage bicycle illustration and bird cage;  photos of a crow and a raven

Size: 9 inches square

Polar Storm

It was time to pull out the Umbrella: Polar Storm, Melting Ice, Rising Seas…he is beginning to see Red will these humans ever find the key?

collage art

Bird collage

 

The ephemera: Original Vintage Atlas Map of the North Pole; photos of crow and red umbrella.

The found objects:  a intage skeleton key.

Size: 8 inches square on wooden panel

Around the World in Eighty Days

“It’s a wonderful world if you’ll only take the time to go around it. I am going to undertake to make a journey around the world in Eighty Days” Fineas Fog declared. ” Why that’s absurd!” they said.  (-Jules Verne)

Trailer 1956

SOLD 😁

Collage Art Work Creartfuldodger
Around the World in Eighty Days

The ephemera: Original Vintage Map of Groups of Peoples; Vintage image of Hot air balloon; photo of a crow; tiny bits of red carton.

Size: 7 inches square

Up, Up and Away

Up, Up and Away in My Beautiful Balloon.

Way up in the Sky in My Beautiful Balloon.

We can float above the skies together you and I.

For We can Fly.

SOLD 🙂

collage artwork
up, up and away

The ephemera: Original Antique Atlas Map from 1921; high quality reproductions of Natural History Illustration of a Whale and Vintage Hot Air Balloon.

Size: 8 inches Square

Huiles Vitesses

He was looking for trouble and everyone knew it. There would be a battle on Le Champ de Mars, of that you could be certain.

SOLD 🙂

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Huiles Vitesses c. creartfuldodger
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Huiles Vitesses c. creartfuldodger

The ephemera:  Original 1947 map of Paris; high quality reproductions of vintage motorcycle image; natural history illustration of an owl; helmet and glasses; 1914 receipt for Oil.

Size: 7 inches square