For my cousin Susan. Our grand-parents were siblings and they lived in Spotlight Cove on North Galiano Island on the West Coast of Canada. Our parents grew up there. Our family lived on Galiano through two world wars and the great depression and into the early 1980s. We all hold fond memories of this special place.
The ephemera: Vintage Chart of Trincomali Channel featuring North Galiano, Spotlight Cove and Porlier Pass.
The found objects: vintage key, vintage brass buttons, antique nail and silk thread, and tiny antique flag.
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.
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.
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
Madame Caille est envoyée par la Société des Agriculteurs de Frances en mission clandestine aux Bois de Vincennes. Que dénichera-t’elle?
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.
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. 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.
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.