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.

SOLD

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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

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Travellers

Travelling onwards, leaving the past behind them. No more bills, no more commitments, no more hoarding, no more secrets…Nevermore. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe ephemera: old love letter from 1800s, old dictionary page (hoarder), old mechanical manual page; reproductions of old sheet music cover, old French pharmacy label, ancienne facture, old sheet music and autograph page from my grandmother to my mother; reproductions of natural history illustrations, vintage train clock and old map of London; various decorative papers; a variety of vintage numbers both original and reproductions.

12 inches by 24 inches by 2 inches wooden cradle.

 

 

Off to the tropics again: luggage tag

Costa Rica Song

I wanna leave this place yeah to never be found
I wanna leave my old life far behind
Can I lose my name, be someone new
And I’ll throw my trouble deep in the wild blue

Let’s leave too me and you babe
Let’s go to Costa Rica
Let’s leave to me and you babe
Let’s go to Costa Rica
costa caribe

The ephemera: Natural history illustration of a toucan, vintage map of Costa Rica, vintage postcard palmtrees.

Four Colly Birds

Four Colly Birds

Three French Hens

Two Turtle Doves

And a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

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The ephemera: natural history image of blackbird, old sheet music, christmas postmark

NB :In researching “Calling Birds” I discovered that  in the older versions  of the song The twelve days of Christmas , it is four Colly Birds referring to blackbirds but it has been changed in the modern version of the song to four Calling Birds.

 

APPAREIL RESPIRATOIRE: collage

All is not well with the appareil respiratoire.

It is clogged, the pressure is building, something is going to blow.

Just breathe.  Slowly.  In and out, in and out .

You will be fine….or not.

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The ephemera: photo of old smoke stacks, page from a cahier scolaire from 1889, natural history photos of crows and ravens, a fragment from an old receipt,  reproduction of a vintage gage. Encaustic Wax as a top coat.

Size 7 inches by 7 inches on wooden block

 

VICTOIRE DUCLOS: collage

Victoire Duclos ready to take flight, leaving her words behind on the page for others decipher one hundred years later.

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The ephemera: original document for the purchase of land from 1886, original envelope handwritten by an angry client to her lawyer in Paris, copies of natural history illustrations of a bird and flowers, original vintage French stamps.

Size: 7 inches by 7 inches on wooden block

 

JAIL BIRDS: A COLLECTION part 4

Jailhouse Rock

The warden threw a party in the county jail.

The prison band was there and they began to wail.

The band was jumpin’ and the joint began to swing.

You should’ve heard those knocked out jailbirds sing.

 

Lyrics by A. Schroeder et. al.

 

 

Elvis Presley (The king) “Lay it on me daddy-O”

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jail bird 13 clipped

 

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The ephemera: Muybridge’s man with a hat, old mugshots, natural history owl, vintage tickets, old mail labels, ledger pages, a handwritten French letter from the 1800s, a vintage london hotel luggage sticker and an old undertakers calling card.

 

Here is the complete collection assembled in its frame. ( 20 inches by 20 inches square)  The blocks can be moved around as your fancy takes you. See blue collection and green collection for more about how the blocks can move in the frame.

jail bird collection done

 

 

 

 

 

JAIL BIRDS: A COLLECTION Part 3

Go directly to jail.

Do not pass go.

Do not collect 200 dollars.

Who will receive the get out of jail free card?

It’s up to you.

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The ephemera:  vintage mugshots, an old receipt, a vintage postcard from Amsterdam, airmail stickers, an old pharmacy label, an old photo of a water tower, muybridge’s dancing girl,  a natural history owl illustration, the cover from an old manuscript, vintage ticket stubs, natural history eggs, a nest and a scrap of old wall paper.

 

 

BIRD IDENTIFICATION: art tags

Looking for the Solution.

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Found it: X Y Z!  I guess two bird brains are better than one, when it comes to algebra.

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Ephemera: old book cover, handmade paper, leaf ribbon, an old metro ticket, vintage French pharmacy label, vintage French school book page and reproductions of Magasin Printemps card; Mississippi River Flood map; natural history birds images, vintage game board letters.

SOLD

AQUAMARINE BEAUTY : collage

A very French Hen gingerly negotiates her path amongst the aquamarine jelly fish  on her way to select her “parfum préfèré”  from the exclusive Paris salon. Will she have time for a chou à la crème chez Odette before making the journey homeward.

SOLDcollage beautiful bird

WATER TOWER : collage

A crow at work. Watching from the Water tower. Checking on the gauges. All systems ready to go. SOLD

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This is number one in a series of three mixed media collages called “A MURDER OF CROWS”.  Probably one of the greatest collective nouns around A MURDER. It is right up there with A GAGGLE!  Flock and School just fade in comparison really.