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.

 

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Made with Square InstaPic 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

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Night Owls

A pair of night owls, out star gazing until the wee hours. Charting their collection of constellations, comets and stardust for future generations.

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The ephemera: original star charts from 1930’s atlases; original french document from the 1880’s; high quality reproductions of natural history illustrations of owls.

Flotilla

Ohé Ohé matelot, matelot navigue sur les flots.

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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

Swallow Tail Watch Guard

He made a fine watch guard, with his quartz crystals ready to hand and his super sharp pen nib in his back pocket. Hooligans beware.

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Pen and Ink Butterfly

The ephemera: Original  French document from the 1800s, high quality reproduction of a natural history illustration of a butterfly.

The found objects: vintage watch face and parts; vintage pen nib.

Size: 6 inches square

Churning Butter…fly

Whirling, twirling, fluttering and churning he was determined to make the most of the last dog days of summer.

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Churning Butter..fly

The ephemera: original ledger page from 1912; high quality reproduction of a natural history illustration of a butterfly.

The found objects: antique small key; various bits and bobs from an antique pocket watch.

Size: 6 inches square

Spare Parts

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

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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.

Queen of the Night

She fiercely defended her right to rule over them all: the earth, the moon and skies and even time itself,  for these were HER realm. Woe be to those who would oppose her.

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Queen of the Night

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Queen’s Head

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Queen’s feet

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Queen’s Edges

The ephemera: Original ledger page from 1926; original vintage city plan from 1928; original antique bill of sale from 1800s; original world analysis from 1930’s atlas; high quality reproduction of natural history illustration of an owl from the npl collection; reproductions of lunar illustrations and other antique atlas offerings.

The found objects: original antique watch parts, original vintage alarm clock face; antique royal typewriter parts; tiny vintage light bulb; antique pen nibs; old watch movement; vintage military brass button: vintage house number.

Size: 14 inches by 18 inces

Raven Calling

Raven is calling, you can hear the clicks as he croaks out his message: See Warning A. Disused Ammunition Dump.  Bertha Island. Fog Sig. Pirate Rock. The warning is clearly encrypted, but as you well know, when Raven calls, you had better listen carefully.

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Raven Calling

The ephemera: Vintage Marine Chart 3590 belonging to my father; photograph of a raven printed on 100 percent rag paper; high quality reproduction of type writer keys.

The found objects: vintage rotary telephone dial; vintage red light bulb; antique key hole; vintage watch casing;  tiny vintage watch gear; old parts from a 1920’s royal typewriter; vintage fishing lure attachment; vintage red cross pin.

Size: 9 inches by 12 inches on wooden cradle

Crow Time

It is always Crow Time, even when you find yourself in other parts of the world.

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Crow Time

The ephemera: Old Atlas Page from early 20th century; old measuring ribbon  bit; textured paper; photo of a crow.

The found objects: reproduction of a radio tube on wooden; original vintage watch face

Size: 3.5 inches by 12 inches

Joséphine

Joséphine was always “à la une” with the latest trends of fashion, but had she gone too far this time.

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Joséphine

The ephemera: Original document from 1800s; handmade scrap-booking paper; high quality reproduction of vintage portrait.

The found objects: antique key; antique typewriter key; vintage pen nib; antique key hole; royal typewriter parts

Size :  7 inches square

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

 

Contes de Molière

Raconte-nous vos mystères cher Molière. Plume à la main, il dévoile l’histoire de Delphine qui disparaît devant nous yeux.

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The ephemera: Vintage book cover, dammaged vintage photo.

The found objects: antique pen nib, peacock feather, old game pieces.

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WestWard Ho!

Westward Ho! Charles shouted, his enthusiasm for adventure overtook him, as all the possibilities created cracks in his conventional veneer, letting his inner most thoughts seep through, overwhelming him. Go forth Charles, meet your destiny!

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The ephemera: dammaged vintage portait; vintage book cover.

The found objects: tiny gears from antique pocket watches; vintage brass key.

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

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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

Under Starry Skies

Under starry skies,

He sat and contemplated life.

He let go of the lies.

He let go of the strife.

Now wiser than before,

Ready to face the night,

once more.

SOLD

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The ephemera: Original French Document from 1822; Original star chart from 1933; high quality reproduction of a natural history illustration of an owl.

Found objects: bird’s nest; twiggy branch.

Size: 14 by 16 inches

Deep sea Crabinator

Bottom dweller he well may be, but he is definitely a force to be reckoned will.

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The ephemera: vintage atlas map; antique French document from 1800s; high quality reproduction of an natural history illustration of a crab.

The found objects: antique watch gears; antique royal typewriter parts; vintage fishing tackle; vintage screen tack and other found objects.

Size: 7 inches square

Mechanical Pink

He was fully functional, keyed up and ready for his first Autonomous Adventure as an Automaton.  No Droguerie necessary.

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The ephemera: original French billhead from 1900; High quality reproduction of a natural history illustration of a fish.

The found objects: vintage fish tackle; tiny antique key; antique typewriter and watch parts.

Size: 6 inches square on wooden substrate.

Swallow Tail Time

It was  l’année 1909,  and the Season was upon them.  It was Swallow Tail Time, elegant, fragile, and yet, anything but sedate.

SOLD 😁

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The ephemera: Original Ledger Page from 1909 France; high quality reproduction of an antique, natural history illustration of a swallow tail butterfly.

The found objects: Vintage watch face, antique key; vintage watch hands and small found metal parts.

Size: 6 inches square

Jutra Japon Papillon

Jutra Japon petit papillon, fluttering  amongst the beautiful purple script carefully put to page by Marie-Hélène in 1889.

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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

P comme Papillon

P comme papillon.  Papillon automatique, qui vole et virevolte sans effort et sans cesse, butinant des milliers de fleurs en un rien de temps.

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The ephemera: Original French document from 1848; high quality reproduction of a natural history illustration of a butterfly.

The found objects: bits from a vintage royal typewriter; a vintage wooden chess piece; to small vintage heart charms.

Size:  6 inches square

 

Modern Moth

He was a modern moth, luna but not lunatic. There was some ticking and tocking, for to be sure, but nothing to be concerned about. He had his tiny lamp and his feathery antennas to keep him on track.

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The ephemera: Original Page from a Canadian School Atlas from 1878; high quality reproduction of a natural history illustration of the Luna moth, on 100 % rag paper.

The found objects: antique watch face; tiny vintage light bulb; peacock plumes and tiny metal bits from an old royal typewriter.

Size: 6 inches square on wooden block