About Wilma Millette

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

Heading into the Wind

Commissioned for dear friends Laura and Dawson. May you weather life storms together.

Heading into the Wind ; encaustic mixed media collage

The ephemera: Receipts from Béziers, Languedoc; vintage french stamp; vintage atlas maps of Laura’s favorite places: the Queen Charlottes, Tofino, the Philippines, the South of France ; Comox; Vancouver Island, the Coast of California.

The found object: antique watch works

Size: 6 inches by 12 inches

Beach Huts

Summer by the seaside with brightly coloured beach huts ,ice creams, sandcastles and the unreliable British weather. What could be better?

Encaustic mixed media collage 6 inches by 12 inches.

Details of some of the original papers I used in this piece, a letter from 1917; a ledger page from 1916; a cancelled check from 1934; and snippet for a Paris guide 1947 listing les grands magasins.

Bathing Huts

Down by the sea, we dug for buried treasure, just you and me, we didn’t mind the weather.

Bathing Huts

Bathing Huts inspired by the seaside beach huts on the coast of England

The ephemera: original papers: 20th century vintage atlas maps; old papers from the 19th and 20th centuries..receipts, adverts, dictionary pages,envelopes; ledger pages; original vintage labels, tickets and stamps; old board game numbers; three natural history images of gulls.

Size: 12 inches by 24 inches on wooden cradle.

Medium: Encaustic Mixed Media Collage

A Parliament of Owls

A Parliament of Owls, perhaps we should send them to Ottawa…they would likely make wiser decisions than the current gaggle of geese or the previous conspiracy of crows.

The ephemera: Original Ledger Page from 1917; photos of poppy seed heads from my garden; high quality reproductions of natural history illustrations of owls and vintage book image of the moon.

Size: 5 inches by 10 inches

Birds on Bikes

Swanning Along Le Quai D’Orsay

Swanning Around

Petit Rouge se balade le long de la rue du 4 septembre;

rue du 4 septmebre

Little Owl was off to the bank to deposit his nest egg.

Office Commute

Off to Panama to see the canal.

Off to Panama

Mississippi Meandering, lazy days along the riverside.

Meandering on the Mississippi

Moseying on down to Burbon Street for Louisiana Pigeon.

Louisiana pigeon

Lincoln, Lincoln, crow on the road, look out world.

Lincoln Lincoln

Humming along the Transcanada Highway in the Dominion Days.

humming along

She left the travelling Circus to cycle on down to Flamingo Road.

Flamingo road

This set is available for purchase at Mattick’s Farm Gallery in Victoria BC.

Sizes: 7 inches by 7 inches

Original Vintage Maps and Postal Stamps.

Julien in the Lab

Le directeur du laboratoire, M. Julien G. Éprouvette, disapru à Paris le 31 mai 1901. Un mystère jamais résolu.

Did he go back to the future to prevent the discovery of plastic?

Did he go back in time to find a power source that did not involve fossil fuels?

Did he go underground, hoping to find a way to prevent the Spanish Flu?

Perhaps we will never know.

NB Shhh! This is a cadeau for my son Julien about to start the last year of his Chemistry Degree. C’est un secret.

Julien Eprouvette au Laboratoire
Le laboratoire

The collection
Julien Eprouvette

The ephemera: Vintage Periodic Table; vintage receipt from a Paris Chemical Laboratory, various old papers.

The found objects: Vintage Test tubes, typewriter parts from a 1920s Royal Typewriter; tiny vintage glass bottles, vintage light bulbs (that work!), vintage switch (that works too!) , ceramic insulator tubes, small antique school ink bottle, vintage vacuum tube, wire, vintage gage,vintage tart tin, vintage typewriter bell, vintage thermometer .

Credits: Merci à mon mari Michel who helped me with the wiring so that the vintage light bulb switches on using the vintage switch and a very modern battery hidden, from view.

The Discovery, The Pender, The Cowichan and The Chelland

More Driftwood boats featuring vintage charts of local waters and small found objects from my collection. The driftwood was salvaged from local beaches on Vancouver Island.

Sail Past ( Background in my Encaustic piece Global Warming)

The Discovery I SOLD to Alys 🙂

The Cowichan comissioned by Jack for Eric and Michelle
The Clelland Island ( available)
The Pender ( SOLD)

The ephemera: vintage nautical charts of the West Coast of Canada

The found objects: driftwood, antique silk yarn; antique cloth flags; ; vintage brass buttons, vintage keys, vintage screen tacks;antique square head nails.

The Galiano

For my cousin Susan. Our grand-parents were siblings and they lived in Spotlight Cove on North Galiano Island on the West Coast of Canada. Our parents grew up there. Our family lived on Galiano through two world wars and the great depression and into the early 1980s. We all hold fond memories of this special place.

creartfuld doger sailboat
The Galiano

The ephemera: Vintage Chart of Trincomali Channel featuring North Galiano, Spotlight Cove and Porlier Pass.

The found objects: vintage key, vintage brass buttons, antique nail and silk thread, and tiny antique flag.

Size: 15 inches tall by 12 inches long.

The Montague

For my brother Jack, featuring our father’s vintage charts, full of memories of our childhood cruising haunts: Montague Harbour, Active Pass, Prevost Island, Wallace Island, Pirate’s cove, Porlier Pass, Blackberry Point and Spotlight Cove. The found objects are nautical items that belonged to our father: vintage key fobs of propeller and an anchor and his power squadron pin from when he was the Commander of the local group. We were fortunate indeed.

The Montague

The Hornby

She may not be able to go adventuring right now but she can build her own ship and imagine voyages not yet taken.

Sold to Pippa 🙂

Ship number one of a series of the Pacific Coastal Waters of Canada.

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The Hornby

The ephemera : Vintage charts of the waters around Hornby Island.

The found objects: driftwood, vintage silk yarn, antique key, antique heel tack, antique brass button, antique tiny flag, vintage glass beads, garden twigs, vintage washers.

Size: 15 inches tall by 12 inches long.

Navigating this life with You

From the deepest ocean to the starry skies and all the special places in between, I will navigate the fair weather and the storms of this life with you.

A wedding gift for a dear friend Jenny. 🙂

The ephemera: vintage atlas maps, antique letters and receipts, vintage stamps.

The found objects: tiny vintage globe, small vintage flag, tiny heart charm, tiny pewter star

Size 24 by 30 inches

Moonlight Storm

Lashing and slashing and crashing of waves unrelenting throughout the night

The moon was the only light

To guide them home to Nell’s bight.

Moonlight Storm

The ephemera: vintage atlas maps

The found objects: rare vintage metal moon globe

Size: 18 inches by 32 inches

Covid Corvids

Three Corvids dealing with Covid in their own ways.

Quarantined Corvid rattling the quarantine cage, to seek the gifts and growth it could bring

SOLD 🙂

Corvid was on the fence. How to proceed? What was the best course of action moving forward?

Isolation Corvid. He was social isolating for the greater good. These were strange times but he understood the interconnection was stronger than ever as they pulled alone and yet together.

SOLD 🙂

The ephemera: Photos of corvids ; vintage images of the moon and a bird’s nest; reproductions of antique documents with trees in winter.

Size 7 inches by 7 inches

Apothecary

The cabinet held more than mere curiosities. There were generations of knowledge languishing here, not quite faded from their collective memory. Frankincense, Myrrh, Quill, Quartz, Poppy, Amber, Bone, Bark, Leaf, Petal, Seed…and more seemingly peculiar potions and remedies of the healing arts. Unbeknownst to them, there would soon come a time where they would be glad of this preserved wisdom.

The found objects: Printers tray, anagram letters, bird bones, bees wax, seed pods, feathers, spool, parchment, deer toe, minerals, frankincense, myrrh, rose petals, vials, antique boxes, lavender, pen quills, antique key, antique medal, horse tooth, chiton, porcupine quills, antique silk, antique nails, spices, antique apothecary labels, sea urchin spines and shell, fish jaw, leaf, quail egg, antique labels, snail shell.

Colour Chart

She loved paint colours, especially the names. When she couldn’t find the exact colours she was looking for, she rolled up her sleeves and made them herself. The best part was choosing the names: pubic meeting, bacon, manitoba, feminism….

The ephemera: nicked paint chips; snippets from a 1901 ledger and paint names from a 1930s dictionary.

Found Objects: antique printer’s tray

Octopus Ink

Pen to ink, he scribbled late into the night…everyone has at least one novel in them, and he was determined to finish his.

SOLD at the Fall Studio Tour 🙂

Octopus Ink

The ephemera: original Antique dictionary page; orginal vintage map; original antique illustration of ink bottle; high quality reproduction of Natural history illustration of an Octopus.

The found objects: two antique pen nibs