Modern Geography

She turned the handle and escaped the schoolroom. She wanted to experience geography first hand, out in the real world, the modern world. No more books, no more governess, no more boredom. modern geography

The ephemera: Vintage photo of a pram in the Canadian winter; vintage portrait, old clip art of a door handle.

The found objects: Old house number, book cover of a school atlas from 1878, piece of a vintage yard stick, tiny draw pull, old corner stickers for photos.

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The time bending machine

The time bending machine.

Enter with care, if you dare.

We may not find your hide nor hair.

Set the clock.

Turn the key.

And we shall see where you now be.

Past, Future or in between…

will you come back with tales of what you have seen?

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The ephemera: original old city plan from 1933, original star chart from 1933, reproductions of poison and anecdote chart, Vitruvian Man and old manuscript.

The found objects: old scrap of measuring tape, vintage doll’s glass eye ball, vintage key, old brass frog, inner workings of an old cuckoo clock, vintage dial and watch face, vintage number 7 door plate. Old crate and hand turned bowl by Gary David.

This piece was gifted to Gary David in appreciation of his support of my work and his generous sharing of his photoshop skills.

Born to be Wild

Heading down the highway

Looking for adventure

or whatever comes her way.

Tilly was a woman to be reckoned with.

( Beatrice Shilling british aeronautical engineer and motorcycle racer)

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Inside left of cigar box Tilly, her map and her tools.

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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 GATE HOUSE

He rarely left the Gate house,

preferring the Rolls, the Bentley, the Daimler to the Family.

He only barely put up with their presence

while chauffeuring them around the country side.

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In the house series 7/9

The ephemera: old railway map of Britain, reproduction of vintage car illustration, reproduction of vintage mugshot, decorative paper.

The found object: antique key

THE COOK HOUSE

Hey, hey, hey good lookin’

What’ you got cookin’?

How’s about cookin’ somethin’ up with me.

SOLD (at the Teeny Tiny Art Show)

In the house series 3/9

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.

Bluejay

Pretty bluebird

poised on the piano

ready to show off his repertoire.

Shall we try a little Shubert to begin?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe ephemera: original sheet music cover from 1900, reproduction of antique natural history illustration of a blue jay, original vintage label.

Size: 7 inches by 7 inches on wooden block

New game : altered cigar box

What was she up to?

A new game, it appears.

What will her next move be?

Only she holds the key.

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The ephemera:  original document cover from 1855, reproduction of swan game board, reproduction of soap label, reproduction of vintage postcard, reproduction of natural history image of bird’s nest, reproduction of botanical illustration, handmade rag paper, leaf ribbon scrap, reproduction of old topography.

The found objects: old Parisian key hole, vintage key, old cigar box

Une nouvelle idée! : assemblage

Elle a toujours une nouvelle idée qui lui tourne dans la tête!

Il faut dire que le vin, ça aide.

Ouvre la boîte et jete un coup d’oeil.

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The ephemera : reproduction of vintage photo, reproduction of old love letter, reproduction of vintage sheet music, original antique pharmacy labels, original stamps and bits of old letters and bills and vintage bus tickets.

The found objects: tiny antique lavender coloured bottle, antique optical lens, old crystal from a chandelier, old zinc number, old key hole, vintage hinge

Mme D’amour: Maison Meublée

Maison Meublée à louer…Paris apartment, fully furnished for rent.

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Why a swan of course, enchained by a golden choker, accompanied by some coral from the South Seas and a healing crystal. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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The ephemera: old French notarized document (original), British station clock (reproduction), old Swan game board (reproduction) , old French advert (reproduction), botanical illustrations (reproduction).

Found objects: coral, quartz crystal, wooden drawer pull, vintage drawer pull, vine ribbon, brass crowns, old cigar box.

Thank you to Graphic`s Fairy for the French topography  and Bibliodyssey for the Swan game board image http://bibliodyssey.blogspot.ca/

Ostrich on the run : art tag

Hurry, scurry, hop to it. You’re late. You’ll never get there on time.

Run, scoot, off with you! Skidaddle, fly, get a move on!

Step on it! Time is of the essence so snap to it , I say!

Come on, giddy up! Let`s go!
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The ephemera : old book cover, original French bill from 1900, natural history image of ostrich, old airmail sticker from Peru, muybridge`s running lady, vintage clock face.

 

London Gentlemen’s Club : assemblage

They went down to London to spend a few days at the Club.

The East India Club, number 16 Saint-James’s Square.

Away from the the toils and trials  of country life

Was  the motive one of pure pleasure: reading, gaming, brandy?

Or was there something more shifty, more sinister, afoot?

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the ephemera: page from a french school copy book 1889, faded green soft book cover on sides of box, weathered paper, vintage bottle label.

the found objects : stickmen from previous post, red clay poker chip, old black game dice, wooden checker pieces, spectacles, and small bottle of ochre china paint powder.

the library at the east india club  (just for fun)

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STICK MEN : assemblage bits

Boomdeadda came to play

On an island summer’s day.

She gave the gift of an old yard stick.

I chopped it into little bits…

And made stick people out of it.

I will pay to her hommage

When they show up in an assemblage.

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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

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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.

 

SOUS LE VENT: assemblage

Sous le vent

Si tu crois que je t’oublie, écoute

ouvre ton port aux vents de la nuit,

ferme les yeux

et fais comme si j’avais pris la mer

j’ai sorti la grande voile et j’ai glissé sous le vent

Fais comme si je quittais la terre

J’ai trouvé mon étoile et je l’ai suivie un instant

sous le vent.

– Jacques Veneruso

 

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The ephemera: old map of italy, vintage postcard.

Found objects: vintage fishing lure and flasher, vintage vials with china paint, vintage thread spool, old door knob, tiny coconut, vintage hinge, printer’s block X.

PETER HAS HIS GAME FACE ON : assemblage

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?

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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: assemblage

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.
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Assemblage box: How to

Step one Find a suitable box: old wooden whiskey crate

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Step two:
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

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Step three:
Gather found objects and ephemera that suit the theme or idea
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Step four:
Make shelves to fit chosen objects
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Step five:
Affix shelves and main image (mug shot from the 1920s)
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Step six:
Affix found objects
beach combed door handle, padlock, key, metal arrow tag, safe dial, glass eye ball, fishing hook, mouse trap, wooden castor

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MOUVEMENT: étude du squelette

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.

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Main Box:The grace, strength and beauty of the three of them united in movement and affection.
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Lid:The strict eye of Victorian society, censoring and judging them for their alternative life style.
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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.

THE BORROWER: shadow box

The borrower swoops in to make off with your most prized possessions…the love letter from Berthe; your best horse’s tooth; your tiniest poison bottles; your magic crystal; your old tv tubes. He gleefully watches over them with a lock and key and waits, for your back to turn, so he can return to scamper off with more treasures for his hoard.

GIFTED to Robert

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Big shadow box (13″ X 13″). (SOLD)

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DETAILS: poison bottles, crystal, lock and key, t.v. tubes, watch front, a gauge, watch parts, old horse tooth, antique clock gears, an old tap, a label from a bottle of  Chateau Neuf du Pape, a 1908 French love letter from Berthe,  the ace of spades, an old slide ruler, an old French receipt from a Parisian chemist lab and a French document from 1794.

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I must admit that this piece is somewhat autobiographical….

NEWS FLASH: This piece was chosen as one of three out of more than 100 entries in the CVAC Spring Art Show by judges to have a jury talk and won one of the BEST IN SHOW awards. Apparently it will go off with the others on a tour of other galleries in the area before returning home to roost.

CALL BOX: assemblage

An old telephone dial, old papers, a doll’s eye from Paris, an old green door knob, a watch face…what shall we do with you?

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Finished assemblage cradled in the right hand waiting to be played with.

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The dial actually works and makes a lovely whirring noise while making the eye ball spin.

Check out the you tube video to see it work

Do you still remember your old phone number?

IN THE STUDIO

The flotsam and jetsam of everyday life from the past are nestled in antique printer’s trays ( brought home gleefully from London’s Portobello Road Market ) . Artfully displayed supplies inspire creativity: optical lenses, transistors, frozen charlottes, keys, stamps, eyeballs, teeth, legs, buttons, typewriter keys, tiny house numbers, gears, watch faces, dominoes, teeny tiny light bulbs, a rat’s skull …endless possibilities.

 

 

Number 2, rue Portejoie, Paris : assemblage

Two young girls on their first big adventure sans adults, in Paris. Climb up la tour Eiffel and  pinch yourselves…are we really here? Leave your names locked to Le Pont des Arts, the friendship sealed there.

Old French receipt ( carried home carefully by the girls with other precious papers), vintage lock and keys, old house number 2, La tour Eiffel on tissue paper, and Fleur de Lys.

A Gift for Alissa, so she will always remember her escapades with Zoe.

Dysfunctional village: assemblage

Six dwellings, each unique and individual and yet each belonging with the others, to form the dysfunctional village. The doors are waiting to be opened. What lies within?

House number one: one bottle of hair brown, vintage house number; old latch, antique porcelain doll’s leg, a bit of ribbon.

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House number two: two keys, a door knob, an antique optical lens, a tiny light bulb, an eye and a vintage house number.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

House number six: 6 vintage typewriter keys; an old gauge; a vintage fishing lure, an old tap and a vintage house number.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

House number four: four vials, an old key, and old door plate, a bit of old ribbon and a vintage house number.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHouse number three: three frozen charlottes, old copper nails and screws; a section of a old wooden slide rule; a door knob and a vintage house number.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Junk drawers: shadow boxes

In the junk drawer: a watch face, a vial, the letter W, a dice, a key, a tiny sea urchin, gears, a gasket, a type writer key and a lost girl. (SOLD)

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In the junk drawer: , a chess piece, a dice, some watch parts, a circus ticket, a stamp with hitler on it, a key, a transitor, a bus ticket, some typewriter parts, an old love letter, a SOS from the Titanic and the borrowers of course. (SOLD)

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In the junk drawer: a watch face and parts, a broken pottery bit from france, a food token from world war II, the number 7, a thimble, an egg, a key, a crown, a shiny trinket and the magpie that colllected them all. (SOLD)

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