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.
( Beatrice Shilling british aeronautical engineer and motorcycle racer)
Inside left of cigar box Tilly, her map and her tools.
The box open.
The box closed
The ephemera: originals: registered mail sticker, torn bit of letter sent via clipper, ration stickers from World War II, vintage French envelope addressed to a Parisian doctor, antique manuscript from the 1800s and reproductions of vintage map of the south of France, reproduction of a vintage photo of Beatrice Shilling aka Tilly.
The found objects: old cigar box, vintage anagram letters, old gages, antique pocket watch, old switch, vintage key, vintage castor wheel, vintage zinc letter 3, old door knob.
The ephemera: reproduction of Muybridge’s lady with a scarf, reproduction of puzzle pieces from antique game: “les metiers”, reproduction of recipe for Gone with the Wind Cake from my mother’s recipe book, decorative paper layered with old letter.
Found objects: silver oyster fork, vintage wooden lotto game piece
Size: 4 inches by 12 inches house shaped wooden block.
Sorry K…the poem is a little lame but I love the gift and I hope you like what I have done with it. Here they are in sets of threes. I already have a plan in mind for three of them…he he he. And here it is : Gentlemen’s Club
The ephemera: vintage photos, a vintage sticker, an image of an old door knob
The found objects: old typewriter keys, old game pieces, a spring, a watch face, a verdigris crown , a rusty key, a washer, a heart shaped charm, a red scrabble tile, a tiny drawer handle and of course a vintage yard stick from a Seattle paint company.
Ever since kindergarten Peter had always loved playing games…but never by the rules. Devious, he hid behind a complicated set of moves, needing to win at any cost. It was all about power and perception. Others are starting to see through him of late, questioning his intentions and backing him into a corner. Had Peter finally out manoeuvred himself?
The ephemera: original pages from an antique French copy book from 1890 containing the words homme honnete; original pages from an antique Larousse dictionary from 1900 containing the words jeu, facade and deception, reproduction of vintage caricature drawing.
Found objects: vintage game pieces including lotto card, poker chip, chess piece, bingo numbers, dice, dominoes , scrabble tiles, a playing block, old slide ruler and vintage number 1.
This man refused to open his eyes
to the possibility of a different kind of life.
He remains imprisoned
by the same old patterns
that got him here in the first place.
Trapped by his unwillingness
to make a change.
Assemblage box: How to
Step one Find a suitable box: old wooden whiskey crate
Cover the box inside and out with old papers…in this case city plans from an old atlas and an old french document from 1868
Gather found objects and ephemera that suit the theme or idea
Make shelves to fit chosen objects
Affix shelves and main image (mug shot from the 1920s)
Affix found objects
beach combed door handle, padlock, key, metal arrow tag, safe dial, glass eye ball, fishing hook, mouse trap, wooden castor
The three of them moved as one, with grace and strength, always together and yet always restricted by the watchful and critical eye of propriety.
SOLD (at Bound to Be Different)
Inside the Box
Main Box:The grace, strength and beauty of the three of them united in movement and affection.
Lid:The strict eye of Victorian society, censoring and judging them for their alternative life style.
The ephemera: Vintage dancer/acrobat photo; vintage pharmacie label, vintage postage stickers, page from French school workbook from 1886. Found objects: lid from an ink bottle, electrical tag, old fuse, clock part, vintage key tag from the Empress Hotel, dolls leg, old folded ruler, vintage metal slide cover, vintage house number and an old cigar box.