About Wilma Millette

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

Dancing in the Moonlight

We get it almost every night

When that moon is big and bright

It’s a supernatural delight

Everybody is dancing in the moonlight

-Sherman Kelly

The ephemera: vintage atlas maps; vintage moon images, vintage natural history image of a sperm whale.

SOLD to Lisa 🙂

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

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.

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

A trio of Cuttles

The trio went their seperate ways headed for a life of adventure. One headed for Paris, the other to the South Seas and the third was roaming the globe. The would meet up again one day, of that you could be sure.

The ephemera: Vintage Atlas Maps from the 1940s; high quality reproductions of Natural History illustrations of Cuttle Fish.

Size: 5 inches by 5 inches

The Star Making Machine

Queenie was caught up in the Star making Machine called Hollywood.

Would she make it through unscathed.

The ephemera: Original legal document from 1800s; vintage photo.

The found objects: vintage watch movement; tiny vintage metal stars; vintage zinc letter Q; parts from an antique royal typewriter.

Size 7 inches by 7 inches.

Hermione

Hermione had locked up all her secrets but she could not bear to throw away the key.

Hermione

The ephemera: Original Antique French Document from 1800s; vintage phone printed on one hundred percent cotton photo rag paper.

The found objects: antique key, small vintage padlock; parts from a 1924 antique royal typewriter; tiny vintage automotive light bulb; tiny vintage metal star, vintage cog, vintage washer.

Size: 7 inches by 7 inches

George in the Lab

George had spent so many hours at work that he had become a fixture in the lab.

George in the Lab

Sometimes the possibilities seem endless…here is a short slide show of some of the Georges that did not make the cut.

The ephemera: Original vintage ledger page from 1902 and high quality reproduction of antique portrait drawing.

The found objects: antique stop watch; antique royal typewriter parts; antique optical lens; watch parts; antique pen nib; vintage watch vials with tiny rat bones; old fuse, tiny roller.

Size: 7 inches by 7 inches

Phénomènes Mécaniques

Modifications are all in place, ready for action!

The ephemera: original school book page from 1896; high quality reproduction of a natural history illustration of a squid.

Found objects: vintage automotive light bulb; antique pen nib; tiny watch gears; vintage royal typewriter parts: antique glass doll eye.

In the Vicinity of Georgia Strait

While he was in the Vicinity he thought he would set Georgia straight!

SOLD to Zabrina 🙂

The ephemera: Original Vintage chart of Georgia Strait; high quality reproduction of a Natural History illustration of a Cuttlefish.

The found objects: antique glass doll eye; Vintage watch casing, movements and various gears; Royal typewriter striking key and other type writer bits.

Size: 7 inches by 7 inches

Assimilated Owl

He had been been Assimilated. He was never alone, no longer individual.

SOLD at the Fall Studio Tour 🙂

Assimilated Owl

A making of video. The process of deciding what and what not to add can be a long one. One fellow assemblage artist refers to it as the audition process. 🙂

What made the cut: printers wooden number 3; clock hand, typewriter bits; watch parts; seed pod; optical lens; catalogue pic of hook; 1868 French School Book page.

Crow Borg

He would not be assimilated…no matter what the Queen said.

SOLD 🙂 at the Fall Studio Tour

Crow Borg

The ephemera: Original Ledger Page from 1916; images from 1902 catalogue; photograph of a crow.

The found objects: old stop watch movement; antique royal typewriter bits; vintage wooden chess pawn; antique key; vintage drawer pull.

Size: 7 inches by 7 inches

Corbeau-Labo

Corbeau-Labo had been experimenting on himself for many months. His new and improved super-self emerges from the lab.

SOLD 🙂 at the Fall Studio Tour

Corbeau- Labo: Mixed Media collage

The ephemera: Original antique receipt from 1913; photograph of a raven; hook image from an original 1902 catalogue.

The found objects: vintage mail box number; vintage draw pull; vintage fountain pen nib; various bits from a vintage royal typewriter.

Size: 7 inches by 7 inches on wooden cradle

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 Attaché 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.

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