Sibylla’s Collection

A Commission piece for Sibylla: cycling, skiing and travel all in a collection.

The Nine Tiles are placed in an angled  frame without sides. they can be moved around as suits Sibylla’s whim. Each tile has it’s own composition but is part of the whole piece.

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The ephemera: old travel hotel labels, vintage images of bicycles, 100 year old French letter, vintage air mail stickers, old maps, family photos, old lift tickets, vintage travel tickets, patents for ski equipment, image of vintage wooden skis, maps of ski hill, vintage world atlas maps, vintage German world clock poster old Eiffel tower poster.

Size: each tile 5 inches square, entire collection 15 inches square.

 

 

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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.

 

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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Voila Jane, a more sensible English paramour, who only wrote once to charming Harvey. And on the reverse…. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA   

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.

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

MOTHER : collage

Old family photos and keepsakes languishing in the bottom drawer, treasured yet rarely viewed. With a little imagination and some help from Photoshop, you can easily create something worth hanging on your wall that has meaning for you.Image

My mother and her pal at 8 years old in 1933. In the back ground I layered a picture of my great grandmother’s house from the turn of the century with two pages from my mother’s autograph book from 1937.  One page from her own mother and one from her pal Mae.  I decided to chop the photo to allow the word mother to peek through. There are in fact the three generations of mothers represented here.  I scanned all the  documents so I did not actually chop the photo and still have all the original family documents.

My grandmother’s message to my mother 

Dear Shirley,

You will pass through this world but once. Therefore any good that you can do or any kindness that you can show to any person, do it now. Do not defer it nor neglect it. For you will not pass this way again.

Mother

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My mother at aged 21. My father was courting her. He loved this picture and kept it on his night stand all through their married years. In the background I layered a letter he wrote her during their courtship with a picture of my father and his cousin building the house that was to become our family home. This piece represents both my parents and our family home. I use Photoshop Elements to layer pictures and text. I like that I can choose the opacity and light in the layering.

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.

SOLD

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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.