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.

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. ūüôā

Johnny River
altered cigar box

Secret Agent Man’s Attach√© 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

Mechanical Blackbird

Blackbird repaired his broken wing and learned to fly again, learned to be so free.

SOLD ūüôā

The ephemera: original French document from 1800s; original vintage catalogue illustration; high quality reproduction of natural history image of blackbird.

The found objects: small key; two wooden gears; vintage watch and clock parts; typewriter striker key from 1920’s Royal Typewriter

Size: 7 inches square

Available for purchase at Two Hoots Gallery in Cobble Hill BC

Downton Abbey Goes to the Darkside

Downton Abbey was hiding a dark secret. No one ever spoke about the “Other” sister.

She was hidden away in the attic…oh wait that was Jane Eyre.

Lady Elvira was holed up in the tower , the evil genius mastermind, behind all the troubles that befell the inhabitants of the Abbey, both upstairs, and down.

SOLD ūüôā

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The ephemera: Vintage Document from 1800’s; vintage technical drawing; high quality reproduction of vintage portrait.

The Found objects: antique watch parts; old royal typewriter parts; vintage pen nibs; nasty old bottle.

Size: 7 inches square on wooden block

Jane Eyre-Steam Punked

When she learned, on her wedding day,¬† of Mr. Rochester’s deception, Jane was steamed!

And off she went to reinvent herself, a warrior woman, on to new adventures minus the scoundrel.

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Jane Eyre steam punked

jane eyre glasses

Jane’s crazy glasses.

jane eyre headdress

Jane’s head dress.

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Jane’s Modifications

SOLD to Robert ūüôā

The ephemera: Original French School Book Page from 1898; high quality reproduction of a vintage portrait on 100 % rag paper.

The found objects: royal typewriter key; watch spring, wooden gears; wooden number stamp; typewriter parts; vintage watch casings.

Love Nest

They were nesting, buying plants, painting old furniture to make it new again, setting up the kitchen and decorating the apartment with a combination of his and hers. ¬†Young love blossoming and solidifying in the give and take of your’s and mine, becoming ours.

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The nesting box

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The lid

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The love nests

The ephemera: old love letters and papers from 1800’s France; natural history plate of bird’s eggs.

The found objects: ¬†vintage tart tins; tiny pewter hearts; paper wasp’s nest; small bird’s nests; various feathers; seed pod; antique porcelain doll arms; moth cocoon; vintage anagram letters; antique cigar box with labels.

 

Friends of Marie Antoinette

 

I recently found a beautiful library card, with due date stamps from the 40’s ¬†inside an old book entitled Friend of Marie Antoinette. I could not resist imagining some friends for the beleaguered Marie. So voil√† my new favourite book mark has come to be.

Front side: Get thee to a nunnery Marie.  Back side: Marie and her friends were all in time out for not sharing.

 

The ephemera: Original 1940’s library card, fiscal marks from old French documents, high quality reproductions of vintage photos on 100% rag paper.

Expédition en Australie

Flying in the face of convention she floated off to Australia.

Flora furtively flitted among the flowers and ferns down under.

Flora’s “id√©e fixe” was finding the perfect specimen for her fine collection. SOLD ūüėĀ

Assemblage art

Assemblage or Shadow Box.

Flora’s treasures.

cabinet of curiosities assemblage

Flora and her tools of the trade.

assemblage cabinet of curiosities

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The ephemera: antique French document from 1889; reproduction of antique mugshot, defunct Canadian Passport, tiny vintage envelope, snippet from a vintage dictionary page, vintage map from 1921, antique graph from French school book 1848.

The found objects: antique wire eye glasses frame, vintage slide ruler, antique metal pin, dried poppy seed head, wasps nest, antique microscope slides, antique nail silk thread, vintage tart tin, amber with insect bits,  antique optical lens, a bit of mica, vintage vial with watch parts, teeny tiny coconut, seed pods from Costa Rica,  dried carnation found in 1925 dictionary, flicker feather, small vintage boxes and a vintage cigar box.

Size 9 by 18 when box is open.

 

 

Handled with Care

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

GIFTED to Julie-Marie

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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. 

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.

Saltair

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

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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

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

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CABINET OF CURIOSITIES

Natural History, naturally became Sir Percival’s passionate pastime.¬†He travelled hither and thither across the globe in search of the quintessential specimen to add to his quirky collection. Meticulously mounted for display in his study at the Manor House, they piqued the curiosity of all those privileged enough to enjoy a peek.

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Sir Percival himself                               his cabinet of curiosities

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The ephemera : original old pages from medical dictionary 1933, original chart of systeme nerveux des animaux from French school book 1868, original page from an electrical manual 1924, reproduction of a natural history book title page, original French letter 1800s, original notarized document 1879, reproduction of label for cabinet of curiosities, snippet of a map of India, reproduction of vintage photo of Victorian man.

The found objects: wooden piano striker key, antique optical lens, copper nail, vintage silk cord, old book cover, jaw bone of a young deer, seed pods from tropical trees in Costa Rica, dried fungus, poppy seed cage, robin’s egg, peacock feathers, horse tooth, vial with deep blue delphinium seeds, manuscript dipped in encaustic wax and a small vintage box lid, wooden box with hinged lid.

Size 8 inches by 10.5  inches wooden box when closed, 18 inches by 10.5 inches  when open.

The time bending machine

The time bending machine.

Enter with care, if you dare.

We may not find your hide nor hair.

Set the clock.

Turn the key.

And we shall see where you now be.

Past, Future or in between…

will you come back with tales of what you have seen?

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The ephemera: original old city plan from 1933, original star chart from 1933, reproductions of poison and anecdote chart, Vitruvian Man and old manuscript.

The found objects: old scrap of measuring tape, vintage doll’s glass eye ball, vintage key, old brass frog, inner workings of an old cuckoo clock, vintage dial and watch face, vintage number 7 door plate. Old crate and hand turned bowl by Gary David.

This piece was gifted to Gary David in appreciation of his support of my work and his generous sharing of his photoshop skills.

THE BIKE SHED

“Meet me in the bike shed” ¬†she said.

And there, they discovered that

their nuts and bolts were perfectly matched.

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IN THE HOUSE  series 9/9. Series complete.

The ephemera: reproduction of vintage photo of my¬†husband’s grandparents, original chart from school copy book from 1800s, original vintage label from tool cabinet, original piece of a vintage measuring tape. decorative paper.

The found objects: tiny lock for the bicycle, vintage game piece number.

Size: 3.5 inches by 11.75 inches on wooden house shaped block.

BIRD HOUSE

The quail quietly tiptoed in and made herself at home.

Squatter’s rights she then declared.

And just like that, she expropriated his inheritance,

leaving him in exile on  St. Helena.

SOLD (at the Teeny Tiny Art Show)

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In the house series: 5/9

The ephemera: original notarized document from 1868, reproduction of natural history quail illustration, decorative paper, original vintage stamp from St. Helena, vintage photo of spooking house.

Found object: old game number

THE DOG HOUSE

Matthew was in the dog house AGAIN!

He just couldn’t seem to get things right.

Will he ever learn?

GIFTED ( to Darcie my number one collector)

the dog house

In the house series 2/9

The ephemera: original city plan from 1935 Atlas, french stamp from antique bill, reproduction of old mugshot, reproduction of london train station clock, decorative paper.

The found objects: deer toe bone found in the woods by yours truly, vintage postal box number.

Size: 12″ X 4″ X 1″ house shaped wooden block.

New game : altered cigar box

What was she up to?

A new game, it appears.

What will her next move be?

Only she holds the key.

SOLD

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The ephemera: ¬†original document cover from 1855, reproduction of swan game board, reproduction of soap label, reproduction of vintage postcard, reproduction of natural history image of bird’s nest, reproduction of botanical illustration, handmade rag paper, leaf ribbon scrap, reproduction of old topography.

The found objects: old Parisian key hole, vintage key, old cigar box

Trifling with Eiffel: assemblage

Marie was all cut up.

How could he have trifled with her so?

“Enough!” she said and¬†on went the new frock.

Time to rejoin society.

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Front of the box when closed.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe ephemera: cover from a legal document 1828, old receipt from 1879 (reproduction) , old  handwritten envelope, vintage postal stamps and stickers, old metro ticket (reproduction), vintage French postcard (reproduction)

The found objects: old optical lense, feather, old cigar box

Thank you to Trishia Jacobs Carney of French Kissed Postcards  for the gift of the Eiffel girl postcard. I hope you like what I have done with her.

Thank you to Alwen of Belle Brocante for the lovely old document and for the inspiring day that gave me a start on this project. See Art Play Date for details.

 

Calcul: assemblage

Calcul mal fait!

Ils croyaient avoir tout prévu:

le ch√Ęteau d’eau , la corde , la somnif√®re, la cl√©.

H√©las,¬†ils ont rat√© leur coup et les voila¬†en dedans…

5 ans au prison de Caen.

 

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The ephemera : vintage mug shot, handwritten document from 1828 (original), old image of water tower, étiquette prisons de Caen, page from school calculations notebook 1879 (original) .

The found objects: old cigar box, vintage Canadian uniform button, old wooden checkers piece, small bottle of china paint, old electrical tag, vintage key, old wooden letterpress number.

Sisters : assemblage

Sisters, Sisters

There were never such devoted sisters.

Never had to have a chaperone “NO SIR!”

“I’m there to keep my eye on her”

-Irving Berlin

 

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The found objects: old optical lenses, watch face, peacock feather, metal crow’s foot, tiny watch part vial with pearl beads, typewriter keys and game pieces to form the word sisters, vintage buttons, old heart charms, the lid of a vintage music box, old tobacco box.

 

STICK MEN : assemblage bits

Boomdeadda came to play

On an island summer’s day.

She gave the gift of an old yard stick.

I chopped it into little bits…

And made stick people out of it.

I will pay to her hommage

When they show up in an assemblage.

SOLD ūüôā

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Sorry K…the poem is a little lame but I love the gift and I hope you like what I have done with it. Here they are in sets of threes. I already have a plan in mind for three of them…he he he.  And here it is : Gentlemen’s Club

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The ephemera: vintage photos, a vintage sticker, an image of an old door knob

The found objects: old typewriter keys, old game pieces, a spring, a watch face, a verdigris crown , a rusty key, a washer, a heart shaped charm, a red scrabble tile, a tiny drawer handle and of course a vintage yard stick from a Seattle paint company.

STANDING FIRM: assemblage

He was

standing firm,

sticking to his convictions,

even under close scrutiny

and in the face of dissent.

He knew he had the key

to a better future.

SOLD

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The lid of the box opens and closes to give a different effect.

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The ephemera: vintage mugshot , vintage lighthouse postcard.

The found objects: cigar box ( thank you Tommy), antique optical lense, vintage key, old serial tag, old game piece number.