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.

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.

Artist Colour Box

Pigment, glorious pigment… sunny ochre; mud pie umber; depression blue; snake in the grass green; crime crimson; mysterious black; little lie white; plummy purple and orangutan orange. She drifted off into the colour wheel of her mind.

The Trousse

Artist colours

Artist Pigments

Artist Tools

ARTIST COLOUR BOX; An Homage to my Aunt Billy to whom these vials of china paint powder and old tools belonged. She encouraged me to be a creative and independent thinker right from the start…I still miss her after all these years.

The ephemera: Various antique colour charts and map legends; a vintage photo

The found objects: brayer; palette knife, artist brushes; silver spoon, vials of china paint powder; altoid tin ; round box; paiint tin lid; cigar box.

Churning Butter…fly

Whirling, twirling, fluttering and churning he was determined to make the most of the last dog days of summer.

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Churning Butter..fly

SOLD 😁

The ephemera: original ledger page from 1912; high quality reproduction of a natural history illustration of a butterfly.

The found objects: antique small key; various bits and bobs from an antique pocket watch.

Size: 6 inches square

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

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

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.

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

P comme Papillon

P comme papillon.  Papillon automatique, qui vole et virevolte sans effort et sans cesse, butinant des milliers de fleurs en un rien de temps.

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The ephemera: Original French document from 1848; high quality reproduction of a natural history illustration of a butterfly.

The found objects: bits from a vintage royal typewriter; a vintage wooden chess piece; to small vintage heart charms.

Size:  6 inches square

The Time Keeper

Time waits for no man. No time left for you. Time does not stand still. My, how the time flies! Time out. Time‘s up. Are you timing me? I need to beat his time.  If I could just save time. Punch in your time card. Bed time, dinner time, snack time, lunch time, work time, me time. Too much time on your hands. Your just wasting my timeTime is slipping away. Time slows to a snail’s pace. If I could turn back time. I don’t have time for you. I will make the time up. There is a time and a place! It is that the time of the season. Bad timing, good timing, lucky timing.  Make the most of your time. There is a time for every purpose under heaven.

SOLD 🙂

The ephemera: Original ledger page from March 1903; high quality reproduction of vintage image of a raven.

The found objects: vintage clock face; vintage watch parts; vintage typewriter parts, vintage pen quills, vintage badge, antique key.

Size: 12 inches square

Eight

Defender of the deep, he had eight arms to protect his ocean home. Do not mess with Monsieur Pieuvre.

SOLD 🙂

The ephemera: natural history image of an octopus; original chart from old French school book

The found objects: vintage house number; clock hand; antique doll’s eye; Old watch movements and casing; old washer and a vintage coocoo clock part and some teeny, tiny vintage watch gears.

Size 7 inches square

Robotic Vulture

Just flip the switch and watch him go. The Robotic Vulture will make quick work of all your carcasses and left over carrion. He comes complete with a complimentary energy tube.

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The ephemera: Original ledger paper from the 1800’s; high quality reproduction of a natural history image of a vulture.

The found objects: a vintage light switch; a vintage royal typewriter key; reproduction of a radio tube; various vintage watch parts and other metal found objects.

Size: 7 inches square

Wind-up Owl

It was so easy to wind him up. All you had to do was call him Chouette and he would loose it completely.

SOLD 🙂

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The ephemera: Antique school book page from the 1800’s; reproduction of natural history illustration of an owl.; vintage mail tampon.

The found objects: antique watch casing and parts; various parts from an antique royal typewriter; other metal found objects.

Size: 7 inches square.

Jane Eyre-Steam Punked

When she learned, on her wedding day,  of Mr. Rochester’s deception, Jane was steamed!

And off she went to reinvent herself, a warrior woman, on to new adventures minus the scoundrel.

Jane Eyre Steam Punked

Jane’s crazy glasses.

Jane’s head dress.

Jane’s Modifications

SOLD to Robert 🙂

The ephemera: Original French School Book Page from 1898; high quality reproduction of a vintage portrait on 100 % rag paper.

The found objects: royal typewriter key; watch spring, wooden gears; wooden number stamp; typewriter parts; vintage watch casings.

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.