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.


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


“Pachamama South American Goddess of Fertility, Cultivation and Harvest with the ability to sustain life on Earth.”


The ephemera: original vintage maps, original documents from the 1800s; high quality reproductions of natural history illustrations of leaves and butterfly, original vintage dictionary pages. original vintage nautical charts, vintage post mark.

Size : 24 by 24 inches.

Fine Art Prints Available

Something Bout A Boat

Something bout a boat sitting on the sea

out there on the wind

floating on the free

take you round the world

bring you back home

gives a man hope something about a boat.

The ephemera: original atlas maps, old french documents from the 1800s, tiny vintage flags, ration coupons, vintage stamps.

Size 16 inches by 24 inches.

A Storm Trio

Sailing into the wind or Escaping the Storm. The Ying and Yang of it all.

Choppy Seas

“Choppy seas means great sailing!” they declared as they set off.

Choppy Seas

Green Water Wave

“The wind is whipping up, let’s set sail for home!” he said.


Green Water Wave

Sailing School in the Storm

She led the sailing school to safety, just escaping the storm.

Sailing School in the Storm

Inspired by the Maple Bay Yacht Club Summer Sailing School that teaches young sailors every summer in their tiny boats, in the bay in front of my studio.

The ephemera: Vintage atlas maps, marine charts and star charts; antique letters, food stamps and postal stamps

The found objects: tiny class beads and vintage watch faces

Size: 9 inches by 12 inches