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.

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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.

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

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

Jutra Japon Papillon

Jutra Japon petit papillon, fluttering  amongst the beautiful purple script carefully put to page by Marie-Hélène in 1889.

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The ephemera: Original page  from Marie-Hélène’s copy book dated 1889; high quality reproduction of a natural history illustration of a beautiful butterfly.

The found objects:  vintage watch face; various parts of watches and an antique royal typewriter.

Size: 6 inches square on wooden block

The Inner-workings of a Butterfly

The inner-workings of the unassuming butterfly are complex and yet functional. Fuelled by super charged nectar and pollen, he can  flip and flap his wings with amazing power and speed. This secret weapon is the key to his survival in the harsh world of the back yard garden, where predators are lurking behind every bloom.

( Read aloud in a campy  version of  Richard Attenborough)
SOLD 😁

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

the found objects: vintage watch mechanisms and parts; antique key.

Size: 6 inches square

The Time Keeper

Time waits for no man. No time left for you. Time does not stand still. My, how the time flies! Time out. Time‘s up. Are you timing me? I need to beat his time.  If I could just save time. Punch in your time card. Bed time, dinner time, snack time, lunch time, work time, me time. Too much time on your hands. Your just wasting my timeTime is slipping away. Time slows to a snail’s pace. If I could turn back time. I don’t have time for you. I will make the time up. There is a time and a place! It is that the time of the season. Bad timing, good timing, lucky timing.  Make the most of your time. There is a time for every purpose under heaven.

SOLD 🙂

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The ephemera: Original ledger page from March 1903; high quality reproduction of vintage image of a raven.

The found objects: vintage clock face; vintage watch parts; vintage typewriter parts, vintage pen quills, vintage badge, antique key.

Size: 12 inches square

Eight

Defender of the deep, he had eight arms to protect his ocean home. Do not mess with Monsieur Pieuvre.

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The ephemera: natural history image of an octopus; original chart from old French school book

The found objects: vintage house number; clock hand; antique doll’s eye; Old watch movements and casing; old washer and a vintage coocoo clock part and some teeny, tiny vintage watch gears.

Size 7 inches square

SOLD

Robotic Vulture

Just flip the switch and watch him go. The Robotic Vulture will make quick work of all your carcasses and left over carrion. He comes complete with a complimentary energy tube.

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Robotic Vulture

The ephemera: Original ledger paper from the 1800’s; high quality reproduction of a natural history image of a vulture.

The found objects: a vintage light switch; a vintage royal typewriter key; reproduction of a radio tube; various vintage watch parts and other metal found objects.

Size: 7 inches square

Time Travelling Owl

He was timeless, literally. He could flit in and out of the time space continuum at will. It was just the way he was hard-wired.  He embraced his “exceptionality”.

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Time travelling owl

The ephemera: Antique French document circa 1800s; high quality reproduction of natural history illustration of an owl.

The found objects: vintage watch movement; parts and dials; vintage royal typewriter parts; small metal salvaged items.

Size: 7 inch square

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.

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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

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Jane’s crazy glasses.

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Jane’s head dress.

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Jane’s Modifications

SOLD to Robert 🙂

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.

 

Visions Artists Studio Tour and Art Sale

For the first time, I am opening my studio to the public, as part of Visions Artists Studio Tour and Art Sale. There are 27 artists showing at 19 studios in this free open house tour.

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Come out and support the Arts in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island.

Visit the website for more information and map.

 

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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.

Born to be Wild

Heading down the highway

Looking for adventure

or whatever comes her way.

Tilly was a woman to be reckoned with.

( Beatrice Shilling british aeronautical engineer and motorcycle racer)

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Inside left of cigar box Tilly, her map and her tools.

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The ephemera: originals: registered mail sticker, torn bit of letter sent via clipper, ration stickers from World War II, vintage French envelope addressed to a Parisian doctor, antique manuscript from the 1800s and  reproductions of vintage map of the south of France, reproduction of a vintage photo of Beatrice Shilling aka Tilly.

The found objects: old cigar box, vintage anagram letters, old gages, antique pocket watch, old switch, vintage key, vintage castor wheel, vintage zinc letter 3, old door knob.

Une nouvelle idée! : assemblage

Elle a toujours une nouvelle idée qui lui tourne dans la tête!

Il faut dire que le vin, ça aide.

Ouvre la boîte et jete un coup d’oeil.

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The ephemera : reproduction of vintage photo, reproduction of old love letter, reproduction of vintage sheet music, original antique pharmacy labels, original stamps and bits of old letters and bills and vintage bus tickets.

The found objects: tiny antique lavender coloured bottle, antique optical lens, old crystal from a chandelier, old zinc number, old key hole, vintage hinge

Mme D’amour: Maison Meublée

Maison Meublée à louer…Paris apartment, fully furnished for rent.

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Why a swan of course, enchained by a golden choker, accompanied by some coral from the South Seas and a healing crystal. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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The ephemera: old French notarized document (original), British station clock (reproduction), old Swan game board (reproduction) , old French advert (reproduction), botanical illustrations (reproduction).

Found objects: coral, quartz crystal, wooden drawer pull, vintage drawer pull, vine ribbon, brass crowns, old cigar box.

Thank you to Graphic`s Fairy for the French topography  and Bibliodyssey for the Swan game board image http://bibliodyssey.blogspot.ca/

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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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 château d’eau , la corde , la somnifère, la clé.

Hélas, ils ont raté 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.

AN ART PLAY DATE WITH ALWEN

When Alwen from Belle Brocante invites you for an art play date…you drop everything and shout YES!!!! and then you hyperventilate from sheer glee.

She is my  collage  guru and I have learned so many great tricks and techniques from her over the years…..And, she also is a lovely, generous, fun person….. And, her creativity is awe inspiring.

I packed up some supplies and headed down island to Victoria to Alwen’s house.

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Her house is like Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe. It takes a while to drink it all in.

I drooled over her new acquisitions from her latest Brocante treasure hunting trip to France. She will be selling many of her fabulous finds on her etsy shop.: Oscar Naylor

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We had a great time catching up and creating together.  I started work on a couple of new assemblage boxes while Alwen worked on painting some antique Natural History Illustrations with water colours.

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Charlie her adorable cat made sure he got his fair share of our attention.

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Thank you Alwen for a great day!

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