Julien in the Lab

Le directeur du laboratoire, M. Julien G. Éprouvette, disapru à Paris le 31 mai 1901. Un mystère jamais résolu.

Did he go back to the future to prevent the discovery of plastic?

Did he go back in time to find a power source that did not involve fossil fuels?

Did he go underground, hoping to find a way to prevent the Spanish Flu?

Perhaps we will never know.

NB Shhh! This is a cadeau for my son Julien about to start the last year of his Chemistry Degree. C’est un secret.

Julien Eprouvette au Laboratoire
Le laboratoire

The collection
Julien Eprouvette

The ephemera: Vintage Periodic Table; vintage receipt from a Paris Chemical Laboratory, various old papers.

The found objects: Vintage Test tubes, typewriter parts from a 1920s Royal Typewriter; tiny vintage glass bottles, vintage light bulbs (that work!), vintage switch (that works too!) , ceramic insulator tubes, small antique school ink bottle, vintage vacuum tube, wire, vintage gage,vintage tart tin, vintage typewriter bell, vintage thermometer .

Credits: Merci à mon mari Michel who helped me with the wiring so that the vintage light bulb switches on using the vintage switch and a very modern battery hidden, from view.

Apothecary

The cabinet held more than mere curiosities. There were generations of knowledge languishing here, not quite faded from their collective memory. Frankincense, Myrrh, Quill, Quartz, Poppy, Amber, Bone, Bark, Leaf, Petal, Seed…and more seemingly peculiar potions and remedies of the healing arts. Unbeknownst to them, there would soon come a time where they would be glad of this preserved wisdom.

The found objects: Printers tray, anagram letters, bird bones, bees wax, seed pods, feathers, spool, parchment, deer toe, minerals, frankincense, myrrh, rose petals, vials, antique boxes, lavender, pen quills, antique key, antique medal, horse tooth, chiton, porcupine quills, antique silk, antique nails, spices, antique apothecary labels, sea urchin spines and shell, fish jaw, leaf, quail egg, antique labels, snail shell.

The Anatomy of Loss

Loss comes in many forms and needs to be grieved

but your body can help you through it if you will let it.

Altered Clock Case

Arms for reaching out. Heart for slow beats forward and Lungs for remembering to breathe.

Ear for receiving comfort; Mouth for speaking your truth; Eyes for looking forward to a new path.

Bones for Strength; Spine for bending without breaking.

Brain for looking for the gifts that often come with loss.

Loss in its many forms: represented by these beautifully disintegrating vintage photographs.

The ephemera: Original ledger pages from 1917; Complete Notarized document page from 1868; high quality reproductions of antique anatomy illustrations; damaged vintage photos; old encyclopedia pages.

The found objects: antique clock case; old kodak slide boxes; altoid tin; vintage red ten; various other vintage boxes; antique optical lens; vintage toy blocks.

This one was a labour of love.

Expédition en Australie

Flying in the face of convention she floated off to Australia.

Flora furtively flitted among the flowers and ferns down under.

Flora’s “idée fixe” was finding the perfect specimen for her fine collection. SOLD 😁

Assemblage or Shadow Box.

Flora’s treasures.

flora’s specimens

Flora and her tools of the trade.

Flora and the tools of her trade

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The ephemera: antique French document from 1889; reproduction of antique mugshot, defunct Canadian Passport, tiny vintage envelope, snippet from a vintage dictionary page, vintage map from 1921, antique graph from French school book 1848.

The found objects: antique wire eye glasses frame, vintage slide ruler, antique metal pin, dried poppy seed head, wasps nest, antique microscope slides, antique nail silk thread, vintage tart tin, amber with insect bits,  antique optical lens, a bit of mica, vintage vial with watch parts, teeny tiny coconut, seed pods from Costa Rica,  dried carnation found in 1925 dictionary, flicker feather, small vintage boxes and a vintage cigar box.

Size 9 by 18 when box is open.