A trio of Cuttles

The trio went their seperate ways headed for a life of adventure. One headed for Paris, the other to the South Seas and the third was roaming the globe. The would meet up again one day, of that you could be sure.

The ephemera: Vintage Atlas Maps from the 1940s; high quality reproductions of Natural History illustrations of Cuttle Fish.

Size: 5 inches by 5 inches

Voyage

The Great Green Macaw could easily be spotted whizzing around on her bicycle in Punta Uva, hunting for fruit, cacao and her very favorite treat, delicious, plump almonds. In her wake all that is left are a few husks and the echos of cackles and squawks of pleasure and delight. SOLD 😁

The ephemera: original vintage map from 1933; original vintage stamps, high quality reproduction of atlas page and vintage bicycle illustration.

Size: 8 inches square

Note: Inspired by artist’s recent cycling shenanigans in Punta Uva, Costa Rica.

Flotilla

Ohé Ohé matelot, matelot navigue sur les flots.

The ephemera:  Various original letters and bills from the 1800s to early 1900s. Various original snippets of altas maps from the 1940s and earlier.

The found objects: One half of a papier mùché globe

Size: 22 inches by 30 inches on wooden cradle. Encaustic wax and cold wax finishes.

This was a challenge to myself to create a large piece. The composition changed as I began working on the piece.

I started with the boats..I adore making them and have become obsessed with them.

Next came the water and waves. It was quite challenging to get it right. I am not sure I am there yet but will make more in the future.

Finally the composition with the boats, birds and tiny globe and a top coat of wax on the waves.

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Right Brain/Left Brain

Right Brain, Left Brain and never the two shall meet…or so it seemed, politically speaking.  So just to be safe, he cleft them in twain and stored them for a later, more enlightened time. He truly was…a really stable genius.

SOLD 🙂

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The ephemera:  Original vintage atlas map; high quality reproduction of phrenology heads and antique plinths.

Size: 8 inch square on wooden block

Blackbird in Winter

He saw the first signs of spring and was wistful.

If only winter would be 3 1/2 weeks longer, he sighed.

SOLD

The ephemera: French legal document 1869; vintage stamps, old map of Ontario, Canada; photo of tree in winter; high quality copy of black bird illustration; label from a tool drawer.

The methods:  gel medium reverse transfer; encaustic wax.

Size: 7 inches square on wooden block

Winter Raven

The ephemera: antique French letter from 1800s; Map from 1921 atlas,  old label from tool chest, vintage stamps and high quality copy of natural history illustration of a raven.

Size: 7 inches square, encaustic wax on wooden block.

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.

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.

Crabbing

Let’s going crabbing down by the shore.

I’ll bring the net you bring the pail.

crab postThe ephemera: original letter from 1878; original map from 1921 atlas; original stamps and postal stickers; original ration stamps from 1947 France; high quality copy of natural history image of a crab.

STUDIO – upcycled desk

Creartful dodger is still working on the new studio.

New installment upcycled desk.

Found a great inexpensive desk at a second hand shop in Chemainus.second had desk before

I knew it was meant for me because it had a world map laminated on the top. I mean really, we all know I adore maps! It was a no brainer.

Second hand shop desk with laminated map

Carted it home with glee. Charmed the Monsieur into helping me reinforce it.

Charcoal FAT Paint and Wax  worked wonders on the frame and door fronts.

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And Voila! What was old is new again and will be the perfect computer desk for my new studio office.

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I think my little R2D2 speakers look fine perched up on there.

Feeling Fancy!

THIS MAN REFUSED TO OPEN HIS EYES: assemblage

This man refused to open his eyes
to the possibility of a different kind of life.
He remains imprisoned
by the same old patterns
that got him here in the first place.
Trapped by his unwillingness
to make a change.
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Assemblage box: How to

Step one Find a suitable box: old wooden whiskey crate

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Step two:
Cover the box inside and out with old papers…in this case city plans from an old atlas and an old french document from 1868

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Step three:
Gather found objects and ephemera that suit the theme or idea
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Step four:
Make shelves to fit chosen objects
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Step five:
Affix shelves and main image (mug shot from the 1920s)
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Step six:
Affix found objects
beach combed door handle, padlock, key, metal arrow tag, safe dial, glass eye ball, fishing hook, mouse trap, wooden castor

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new worlds: map art

NEW WORLDS: I love maps. I always have. The shapes and colours, the tiny writing, the grids of longitude and latitude, the symbols and the winding rivers. Maps evoke mystery, adventure and endless possibilities. Maps are always changing and evolving never really currant.  This is a series of manipulated maps combining favourite places, intriguing places, places i have been and  places I have yet to visit.

Water World: The world is made of water, clean, life giving water, surrounded by little bits  of land, pink and green like a patchwork quilt.

The Four Corners of The Earth:  I’d follow you to the four corners of the earth…if I could stop by all my favourite places on the way.

Paris Plages: This beautiful city is chopped into manageable pieces and placed carefully by the sea and by the countryside. Now one can bathe and breathe between jaunts to the museums, the monuments and the shops.