Surcyclage Cartographique

Surcyclage Cartographique

Une ancienne carte, un vieil atlas, une jolie carte céleste du 19ième, un ancien plan de ville, une carte marine tâchée avec l’usage… de quoi faire rêver !  Tout ceci forme  le matériel de base pour mes œuvres de collage. Elles sont déjà imbibées d’histoire, de vécu, de mystère, d’aventure. Je vous invite à regarder de près et à explorer toutes les surprises dissimulées dans les tableaux.  Allez, réinventez  une nouvelle histoire pour ces anciens documents cartographiques.

*Le surcyclage ou recyclage valorisant consiste à récupérer des matériaux dont on n’a plus l’usage afin de les transformer en produits de qualité, souvent esthétiques.

My new show in Vancouver at the Francophone Cultural Centre feb.24 to march 30.

Upcycling Map Art

Wilma Millette

An old map, a vintage atlas, a lovely star chart from the 1800’s, an antique city plan, a marine chart stained from much use, these all are pleasing to me. They form a large part of the base materials for my collage art work. They come already rich with a past life, with history, mystery and adventure. I invite you to take a closer look and to explore the surprises hidden in each piece. Go ahead; invent a new story for these old maps and charts.

*Up-cycling consists of re-using discarded materials and transforming them into a quality product that is often of aesthetic value.



Now showing at the ARTFUL gallery in Courtney BC as part of the STEAMED PUNK show.

Jan. 11 to Feb. 18

nO TiME LeFt fOR yOu.

The ephemera: original antique documents from the 1800s; muybridge’s girl with baskets, photo of crow, reproduction of vintage clock face

The found objects: original enamel watch faces from the 1800s

Size 12 inches by 12 inches

NiGht tIMe oWl

The ephemera: reproductions of natural history image of owl and vintage clock face, photo of poppy seed head, original documents and receipts form the 1800s.

The found objects: vintage checkers pieces, part of vintage globe.

Size 12 inches by 12 inches

For the Birds

This is one is for the Birds. May they take flight, carrying off the hardship and grief for those who have suffered this year and usher in some magic and positive thinking for this new year that is beginning.

Night Owl 20 inches by 20 inches

Red, Red Robin 12 inches by 12 inches ( SOLD)

Black Gull 12 inches by 12 inches

The ephemera: original vintage maps, moon charts, star charts, papers and marine charts.

PONDERING, a collage portrait


Ponder, think, thinking , inkling, quiz, quizzical, query, inquiry, investigate, inquire, inquisition, question, comprehend, reflect, thought, thoughtful, pensive, perplexed, pondering.


The ephemera: original vintage maps, charts; antique French documents from the 1800s, vintage dictionary words about thinking.

Size: 24 inches by 24 inches

Scientific Crows

A series of scientific crows, calibrating their instruments for experimental investigations.

Scientific crow collages.
crow black ink
SOLD 🙂 corbeau labo

c is for crow

The ephemera: original document 1839; original french receipt 1916; original receipt 1918; crow photography; original pharmacy label; illustrations of columns, table of the elements; vintage mechanical l drawing; ink bottle illustration.

The found objects: vintage watch parts, antique typewriter parts; antique pen nibs, vintage pewter heart pendant, vintage game piece; vintage automotive light, vintage globe hardware; antique nails; vintage stopwatch faces.

Size: 8 inches by 8 inches


A trio of fish equipped for exploration of the ocean depths.

What discoveries await them!

The ephemera: vintage city plan of Montreal 1940s; vintage marine chart symbols; antique school book page 1895; School Atlas title page 1953; mechanical drawings 1940s; postal cancellation stamps 1930s; high quality reproductions of natural history illustrations of fish.

The found objects: rusty fleur de lys; antique stop watch parts; 1925 royal typewriter parts; antique optical lens; antique pen nibs; antique key.

Size: 7 inches by 7 inches

Altered Octopuses

These under water explorers brandish the tools of their scientific trade, as they scour the ocean floor for specimens and discoveries.

The ephemera: vintage world map, old periodic table, old French receipts from the early 1900s, illustration of ink bottle, high quality reproductions of natural history illustrations of octopuses.

The found objects: antique optical lens, vintage royal typewriter parts, vintage fishing tackle, vintage nails, antique stop watch parts, tiny light bulb, vintage pen nibs.

Size: 7 inches by 7 inches