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

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

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

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.

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

Global Warming

The tides had turned

The Seas were on the rise

They ignored the warnings

They were in denial

Would choosing profit over the earth

Lead to their demise

The ephemera: Original atlas maps from the early 20th century

The found objects: Vintage Globe

Size: 24 inches by 36

Night Sail

As night fell and twilight slowly darkened the waves, they set sail for new adventures.

Night Sail : Encaustic Collage

The ephemera: Original vintage atlas maps; original antique letter and stamps; original vintage night time map of the earth

The found objects: tiny antique cloth flag; tiny vintage map pin

Size: 12 inches square on wooden cradle

Bois de Vincennes

Madame Caille est envoyée par la Société des Agriculteurs de Frances en mission clandestine aux Bois de Vincennes. Que dénichera-t’elle?

SOLD 🙂

Bois de Vincennes

The ephemera :  original vintage Paris map 1947  of bois de Vincennes ; original vintage stamps;  high quality reproductions on rag paper of natural history image of a quail, vintage bicycle, bird’s nest and Chemistry Lab receipt.

Size 7 inches square

Sold during the Spring Studio Tour

Egg Delivery

We deliver right to your door, the freshest of freshly layed, fresh farm eggs. Madame Ostrich will be along lickedy-split with your delivery nestled in her panier for extra protection.

SOLD 😁

Egg Delivery

The ephemera: Original vintage atlas map; original vintage stamps; high quality reproduction of natural history image of an ostrich, egg, nest and vintage image of bicycle.

Size: 7 inches square

Corbeau Devant

Le Département de Courrier par Vélo a déclaré “Corbeau Devant!” C’est avec orgueil qu’il a pris sa place en tête de l’équipe.

SOLD 🙂

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The ephemera: Original atlas map 1947; original timbre fiscal; high quality reproductions of vintage photo of a raven, vintage bicycle image, vintage bird cage image, legal document from 1846.

Size: 7 inches square

Par Pigeon

Purple Pigeon,  carrying out his royal duty for her Majesty’s Mail Service. SOLD 😁

The ephemera:  original antique atlas map from the 1800’s; original vintage stamp; high quality reproduction of vintage bicycle photo; pigeon natural history illustration and French legal document from the 1800’s.

Exercice sur les silences

Exercice sur les silences. Pas facile pour ce petit oiseau coloré qui a terriblement envie de chanter sa joie en ce beau matin printanière. SOLD 😁

The ephemera: Original Vintage Map of Central Paris; original vintage stamp; high quality reproduction of bicycle, cage and vintage sheet music; high quality reproduction of natural history illustration of a beautiful bird.

Voyage

The Great Green Macaw could easily be spotted whizzing around on her bicycle in Punta Uva, hunting for fruit, cacao and her very favorite treat, delicious, plump almonds. In her wake all that is left are a few husks and the echos of cackles and squawks of pleasure and delight. SOLD 😁

The ephemera: original vintage map from 1933; original vintage stamps, high quality reproduction of atlas page and vintage bicycle illustration.

Size: 8 inches square

Note: Inspired by artist’s recent cycling shenanigans in Punta Uva, Costa Rica.

Naviguer sur les Flots

Il était un petit navire, il était un petit navire,

Il était un petit navire

qui savait na- na- naviguer,

ohé ohé  SOLD 😁

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The ephemera: vintage atlas maps and charts, old letters, vintage postage stamps

The found objects: a tiny globe

Size: 18 inches by 24 inches

Swimming in the Salish Sea

Swimming in the Salish Sea, the whale, the whale the seal and me.

We frolicked in the swirling tides with stars and sun as our guide.

Heads or tails, fur, feathers, fins or scales.

Differences matter not, when you are happy with your lot.

SOLD 🙂

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 details: atlas map waves with encaustic wax.

The ephemera: original atlas map snippets from the early twentieth century; high quality reproductions of an antique star chart and natural history illustrations of sea creatures.

Size: 14 by 18 inches

Flotilla

Ohé Ohé matelot, matelot navigue sur les flots.

The ephemera:  Various original letters and bills from the 1800s to early 1900s. Various original snippets of altas maps from the 1940s and earlier.

The found objects: One half of a papier mâché globe

Size: 22 inches by 30 inches on wooden cradle. Encaustic wax and cold wax finishes.

This was a challenge to myself to create a large piece. The composition changed as I began working on the piece.

I started with the boats..I adore making them and have become obsessed with them.

Next came the water and waves. It was quite challenging to get it right. I am not sure I am there yet but will make more in the future.

Finally the composition with the boats, birds and tiny globe and a top coat of wax on the waves.

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P is for perfect

Papillon, parfumé, pernicieux, particulier, pénétrant, palpitant et peut-être prédominant.

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the ephemera: original page from 1889 French school book; high quality reproduction of a natural history illustration of a butterfly.

The found objects: vintage zipper part; antique royal typewriter key; old watch parts & antique stopwatch face and workings.

Size: 6 inches square