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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STANDING FIRM: assemblage

He was

standing firm,

sticking to his convictions,

even under close scrutiny

and in the face of dissent.

He knew he had the key

to a better future.

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The lid of the box opens and closes to give a different effect.

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The ephemera: vintage mugshot , vintage lighthouse postcard.

The found objects: cigar box ( thank you Tommy), antique optical lense, vintage key, old serial tag, old game piece number.

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.

 

BROKEN BUT BEAUTIFUL

What is broken can be fixed.

Live, make mistakes.

Be afflicted but not crushed.

 Be perplexed but not driven to despair.

Restoration is possible.

                                      It is when we are broken that we seek wholeness.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe ephemera: old architectural plans, vintage photos of flying french nuns, french manuscript from 1868, antique french hand written letter from the 1800s.

Found objects: frozen charlottes, old metal slide frames, a broken bit of old pottery, a vintage clay poker chip, an old door knob, a tiny blue bottle, top of a broken antique ink bottle, old print block ampersand , vintage house number and a vintage cast iron decorative detail.

 

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.

STAMPED: digital collage

STAMPED: ALTERED PORTRAIT

Her experiences were stamped on her face as if they had been written there for all to see.

She wears each wrinkle and each imperfection proudly, like badges of honour.

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The ephemera: vintage photo, handwritten French letter from the 1800s, vintage botanical drawing of seaweed, vintage French envelope with stamps and postmarks.

This is a departure for me in both subject matter and technique. More altered portraits to come.

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

 

THIS END UP : encaustic collage

 Art Theft

UP date. This art work was downloaded and marketed on Amazon without my knowledge or permission. This is my copyrighted original artwork.  I have not authorized anyone else to sell or market my artwork. Please do not support the 7 sellers on Amazon currently profiting from my work.

 

This end up! Fragile! Caution! Do not shake!

SOLD (at Bound to be Different)

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The ephemera: old letter, vintage house number, water tower, old postal label, natural history photo of a raven, photo of a tree in winter, encaustic wax.

7″ by 7″ on wooden block.

 

 

TURN ON THE SPRINKLER!: collage

One of the best kept secrets in all of Paris…the Eiffel Tower is actually a giant sprinkler….so that is why they have all those lovely green spaces!

GIFTED to Loulou

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The ephemera: a vintage photo of La tour Eiffel, an old French receipt, an  old decorative border and a vintage water tap

SOS NUMBER 259

SOS! Let me out of here! Who, who locked me up?

SOLD

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The ephemera: a vintage owl natural history illustration ( reproduction), Old hand written French receipt from 1901 ( original ), a vintage padlock and key, 3 vintage metal typeset letters, a small bottle of china paint powder (golden brown ), a vintage post box number  and some rusty wire mesh.

Size : 8 inches by 8 inces

For locals I sourced the key and the letter press SOS letters here:

https://www.facebook.com/EverythingOldCanada?fref=ts It is a very cool shop in Saanich near the ferries.

 

BELLE-MÈRE: reversed transfer collage

Voici ma belle-mère.

Muguette Renaud Millette.

Belle. Mère. Grand-mère. Jamais oubliée.

Bonne fête des mères.

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Ephemère :  page d’un cahier scolaire,  page d’un dictionnaire français,  lettre ancienne,  carte de restaurant , photo de ma belle-mère.

 

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.

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YOU’VE GOT MAIL: altered post cards

You’ve got mail Harvey….from Juliette. That poor little Belgian girl that you mislead with your winning ways. Now she writes to you imploring you to answer her, to love her. At first the postcards are in French and then she learns English, to please you. She is hoping you will reply. Little does she know that you also receive postcards from Jane and Helga and Maria and others…Did she live a life of bitterness, cursing those drat Canadians or did she find someone after the war was over…maybe she went on to lead a happy life. We will never know.

GIFTED

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Here is the long suffering Juliette. And on the reverse….
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Yet another missive from Juliette…She has hand drawn a speech bubble with the letter H for Harvey. And on the reverse….
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The circus is here, arriving by paquebot. Maybe Juliette went to cheer herself up.
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Jane’s bicycle and a few  dancing girls to spice things up.
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And finally here is Harvey ( on the left). Are we being too harsh with you Harvey. You are awfully young and it was the Great War after all and you were far from home. Still, you could have been kinder to Juliette. And on the reverse…..

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Mugshots and turpentine.. not very subtle I admit. But that is how it is Harvey.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA    Thank you to Lori for gifting me your uncle Harvey’s postcards. He is long gone but his        exploits live on.

EPHEMERAL COLLECTIONS

The siren call of vintage paper ephemera. Some things are hard to resist: vintage bus tickets, old stamps, colourful vintage airmail stickers, stunning seed packets, beauteous antique pharmacy labels, handwritten letters, artful receipts, meticulous ledger pages… what will become of these snippets of the past.

A recent find …40 beautiful old French pharmacy labels in delicate lilac colour or soothing green. LOVE!.

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Stunning seed packet labels from 1900 in beautiful bright colours.

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My new favorite collection of vintage airmail stickers and other postal delights…stamps and postmarks are very high up on my ADORE list.

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And finally a rainbow of old French stamps gifted to me by a very supportive sister.

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NB background papers: include some of my most favorite items…old maps, vintage receipts, old postcards and handwritten manuscripts….SWOON!

PS I love using the drop shadow effect in Photo Shop Elements…so cool.

Painting over the aunties

I wanted to try a new technique of using gesso and paint over glossy photos…so I decided to paint over the Aunties. I do not think they would mind. I have turned them into thank you cards that I will give to relatives next time a thank you card is in order…which happily for me, is quite often, in my family.

Juanita and Wilma ( Neta and Billy) on the swing on Galiano Island 1926.
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Shirley and Nona under the umbrella, Chemainus 1941.greeting card 1

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.

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violette bicyclette: encaustic collage

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violette, violette

un deux trois quatre cinq six sept

violette bicyclette

Step one : glue old papers on to wooden cradle. Add background photos. Layer with paint and gesso. Sand lightly.

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Step two: add main image, in this case the bicycle.
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Step 3: Layer more paint, gesso, ink. Top with two coats of encaustic wax. Finish off with vintage house number.

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NB I happened upon an old dictionary page that had both the words bissextile and bitch on it. I couldn’t help myself and had to use it…but no one else knows they are there…except you and me.

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X, Y, Z AND OTHER TREASURES

A selection of vintage treasures gleefully collected from various vintage summer sales. The bounty paid for from the sale of my work.  Hurray!

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Foot tall, industrial letters with lovely patina…. X Y Z  ….Y not?

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A bird cage, a vanity case and my new, old lunch box!

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A storage box for my hardware.

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A school atlas from 1878 discounted because it is grungy Bahaha!

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Plan of Paris with pull out maps , YES!

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A handful of labels…so lovely.

Sigh, time to go back to my other life of long hours at work and only stolen moments of art and junking…Sigh.

Vintage Tags: Oddities and Family

More Vintage Tags from my kitchen table pop-up  factory.

Daughter: What are you making now?

Me: Vintage art tags

Daughter: Why?

Me: Because the idea came to me and I just had to do it.

Daughter: But…what will you do with them?

Me: I don’t know … it doesn’t matter really .

Daughter: You are a strange little woman but I love you.

Family support….priceless.

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My mother and aunt as teenagers during the Second World War. The backing for the tag is my mothers old school copy book. The numbers below are from a food ration booklet from the same era. The photo has been layered with a receipt from a piano manufacturer.

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Mr. Poppins! Thanks to the Graphics  Fairy for the image. I layered the image with an old French receipt. More food ration tickets finish off the tag.

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Watering the cabbage patch. Just love this old post card. So quirky. The backing is the cover of a vintage book that was being discarded from the library. A French ticket under the grommet finishes it off.