Altered Octopuses

These under water explorers brandish the tools of their scientific trade, as they scour the ocean floor for specimens and discoveries.

The ephemera: vintage world map, old periodic table, old French receipts from the early 1900s, illustration of ink bottle, high quality reproductions of natural history illustrations of octopuses.

The found objects: antique optical lens, vintage royal typewriter parts, vintage fishing tackle, vintage nails, antique stop watch parts, tiny light bulb, vintage pen nibs.

Size: 7 inches by 7 inches

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Natural History Boxes

Collecting and Arranging were in her nature.

Natural History Shadow box
Naturalist Box ( SOLD before the glue was dry)

The ephemera: original antique document from the 1800s

The found objects: vintage bicycle wrench, African dancing fruit, seed pod from Costa Rica, antique key, turkey tail fungus, tomatillo skeleton, tart tin, magic slide, paper wasp nest, bird’s nest and egg, lichen, antique copper nails, vials of green china paint,antique film bobbin, antique industrial bobbin, vintage castors

Nature Collection

The ephemera: original french documents from the 1800s, vintage dictionary page

The found objects: magic slides, antique key, typewriter coil, kiwi vine, seed pods from Costa Rica, bird’s egg, butterfly wing, drift wood, bird bones, tiny antique vials

Chemistry Crows

Chemistry Crows concocting curious combinations of chemicals…

calculated or chaos?

Experimental Crow
Chemistry Crow SOLD 🙂
Professor Raven

The ephemera: Original Bill Heads and Notary Documents from the 1800s, photos of crows and raven, old chemistry lab illustrations.

The found objects: Antique stop watch parts, old pen nibs, tiny light bulbs, vintage microscope slide, tiny vintage keys, 1925 royal typewriter parts, vintage Celtic pendant.

Size: 8 inches by 8 inches

Starry Night #2

She stared down anyone who dared enter her territory. She was the Queen of the Starry Nights.

SOLD 🙂

Starry Night

The ephemera: original vintage letters, receipts and manuscripts; original vintage star chart from 1944.

The found objects: vintage tart tin, small nest, twigs, quail egg, feathers, poppy seed heads, rusty fleur de lys and antique pen nibs.

A Storm Trio

Sailing into the wind or Escaping the Storm. The Ying and Yang of it all.

Choppy Seas

“Choppy seas means great sailing!” they declared as they set off.


Choppy Seas

Green Water Wave

“The wind is whipping up, let’s set sail for home!” he said.

SOLD 🙂

Green Water Wave

Sailing School in the Storm

She led the sailing school to safety, just escaping the storm.

Sailing School in the Storm

Inspired by the Maple Bay Yacht Club Summer Sailing School that teaches young sailors every summer in their tiny boats, in the bay in front of my studio.

The ephemera: Vintage atlas maps, marine charts and star charts; antique letters, food stamps and postal stamps

The found objects: tiny class beads and vintage watch faces

Size: 9 inches by 12 inches

Right Brain Raven

She donned her thinking cap, readied her fountain pen nibs and took out her best black ink. It was studio time.

SOLD

The ephemera: Original legal document from the 1800s, original ink bottle illustration, photo of a raven.

The found objects: Antique nails ( from my house); vintage watch face and gears; two old keys and vintage fountain pen nibs.

Size: 9 inches by 9 inches

Process Video

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 Ă  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.

In the Vicinity of Georgia Strait

While he was in the Vicinity he thought he would set Georgia straight!

SOLD to Zabrina 🙂

The ephemera: Original Vintage chart of Georgia Strait; high quality reproduction of a Natural History illustration of a Cuttlefish.

The found objects: antique glass doll eye; Vintage watch casing, movements and various gears; Royal typewriter striking key and other type writer bits.

Size: 7 inches by 7 inches

Assimilated Owl

He had been been Assimilated. He was never alone, no longer individual.

SOLD at the Fall Studio Tour 🙂

Assimilated Owl

A making of video. The process of deciding what and what not to add can be a long one. One fellow assemblage artist refers to it as the audition process. 🙂

What made the cut: printers wooden number 3; clock hand, typewriter bits; watch parts; seed pod; optical lens; catalogue pic of hook; 1868 French School Book page.