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.

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

The Star Making Machine

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

Would she make it through unscathed.

The Star Making Machine

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.

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.

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.

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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

Spare Parts

She kept her spare parts, neatly organized on the shelf, just in case.

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.

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

SOLD

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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

SOLD 🙂

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.

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 🙂

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.

SOLD 🙂

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

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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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”.

SOLD

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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.

SOLD 🙂

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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.

Jane Eyre Steam Punked

Jane’s crazy glasses.

Jane’s head dress.

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.