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.

Octopus Ink

Pen to ink, he scribbled late into the night…everyone has at least one novel in them, and he was determined to finish his.

SOLD at the Fall Studio Tour 🙂

Octopus Ink

The ephemera: original Antique dictionary page; orginal vintage map; original antique illustration of ink bottle; high quality reproduction of Natural history illustration of an Octopus.

The found objects: two antique pen nibs

The Star Making Machine

Queenie was caught up in the Star making Machine called Hollywood.

Would she make it through unscathed.

The Star Making Machine

The ephemera: Original legal document from 1800s; vintage photo.

The found objects: vintage watch movement; tiny vintage metal stars; vintage zinc letter Q; parts from an antique royal typewriter.

Size 7 inches by 7 inches.

Hermione

Hermione had locked up all her secrets but she could not bear to throw away the key.

Hermione

The ephemera: Original Antique French Document from 1800s; vintage phone printed on one hundred percent cotton photo rag paper.

The found objects: antique key, small vintage padlock; parts from a 1924 antique royal typewriter; tiny vintage automotive light bulb; tiny vintage metal star, vintage cog, vintage washer.

Size: 7 inches by 7 inches

George in the Lab

George had spent so many hours at work that he had become a fixture in the lab.

George in the Lab

Sometimes the possibilities seem endless…here is a short slide show of some of the Georges that did not make the cut.

The ephemera: Original vintage ledger page from 1902 and high quality reproduction of antique portrait drawing.

The found objects: antique stop watch; antique royal typewriter parts; antique optical lens; watch parts; antique pen nib; vintage watch vials with tiny rat bones; old fuse, tiny roller.

Size: 7 inches by 7 inches

Phénomènes Mécaniques

Modifications are all in place, ready for action! SOLD 🙂

The ephemera: original school book page from 1896; high quality reproduction of a natural history illustration of a squid.

Found objects: vintage automotive light bulb; antique pen nib; tiny watch gears; vintage royal typewriter parts: antique glass doll eye.

Around the World in Eighty Days

“It’s a wonderful world if you’ll only take the time to go around it. I am going to undertake to make a journey around the world in Eighty Days” Fineas Fog declared. ” Why that’s absurd!” they said.  (-Jules Verne)

Trailer 1956

SOLD 😁

Around the World in Eighty Days

The ephemera: Original Vintage Map of Groups of Peoples; Vintage image of Hot air balloon; photo of a crow; tiny bits of red carton.

Size: 7 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

Spare Parts

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

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.

Queen of the Night
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

Crow Time

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

SOLD

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.

SOLD 🙂

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

 

The lamplighter

Miss Cummins was the lamplighter. She illuminated young minds, showing them the way to self-realisation. She continued thus until her disintegration. Eventually all that was left of her was her fancy hat and legion of followers.

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The ephemera: vintage book cover;  damaged vintage photo.

The found objects: tiny vintage automotive light bulb; unidentified seed pod from central america.

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.

The World’s Children

Make believe

‘Let’s put on our glass helmets and pretend we are in the transporter on the Enterprise.  You can be Spok and I will be captain Kirk. We can beam down to the planet surface and have an adventure.”

SOLD 🙂

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The ephemera: High quality reproduction of vintage portrait of fanciful children; antique book cover.

The found objects: bit from a vintage slide ruler,  vintage pressed flower found in old book; vintage glass lenses

Media: cold wax collage

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

SOLD

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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

Guardian of the Deep

Ninja Squid, guardian of the deep. Beware to all who dare to enter his domain. “En garde!”

aka One-eyed Sid the Squid

SOLD 🙂

The ephemera: Vintage atlas map 1929; vintage french document 1800s; high quality reproduction of natural history image of a squid.

The found objects: glass doll eye 1890; vintage pin, antique watch movement; antique typewriter and watch parts.

Size: 7 inches square

Time Travelling Owl

He was timeless, literally. He could flit in and out of the time space continuum at will. It was just the way he was hard-wired.  He embraced his “exceptionality”.

SOLD

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The ephemera: Antique French document circa 1800s; high quality reproduction of natural history illustration of an owl.

The found objects: vintage watch movement; parts and dials; vintage royal typewriter parts; small metal salvaged items.

Size: 7 inch square

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.