Infinity and beyond

Infinity and beyond, he declared, as he spread his wings, and set his gaze towards the heavens.

COMMISSION FOR DENI.

cabinet of curiosities collage

The ephemera: old french document 1800’s, vintage poison label, old photo b.p.l., vintage anatomy illustration.

Found object: vintage house number

Size: 8 inch square on wooden block

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Modern Geography

She turned the handle and escaped the schoolroom. She wanted to experience geography first hand, out in the real world, the modern world. No more books, no more governess, no more boredom. modern geography

The ephemera: Vintage photo of a pram in the Canadian winter; vintage portrait, old clip art of a door handle.

The found objects: Old house number, book cover of a school atlas from 1878, piece of a vintage yard stick, tiny draw pull, old corner stickers for photos.

Like, likeable, likeableness.

It’s like…you know, I like you…you like me….we like the same stuff. Like I said, I’d like to hang out with you. Right, like, I get that! Let’s go for it, like maybe we could go for a bike ride. You’d like that right? Like, yah man! Cool, I like it!like

The ephemera: vintage time card, vintage number line, copy of vintage hotel sticker, vintage photo of the grand-parents in law, old dictionary snippet, vintage denison label, snippet from vintage envelope

size : 9 cm by 12 cm handmade greeting card

 

Born to be Wild

Heading down the highway

Looking for adventure

or whatever comes her way.

Tilly was a woman to be reckoned with.

( Beatrice Shilling british aeronautical engineer and motorcycle racer)

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Inside left of cigar box Tilly, her map and her tools.

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The ephemera: originals: registered mail sticker, torn bit of letter sent via clipper, ration stickers from World War II, vintage French envelope addressed to a Parisian doctor, antique manuscript from the 1800s and  reproductions of vintage map of the south of France, reproduction of a vintage photo of Beatrice Shilling aka Tilly.

The found objects: old cigar box, vintage anagram letters, old gages, antique pocket watch, old switch, vintage key, vintage castor wheel, vintage zinc letter 3, old door knob.

DOLL HOUSE

She was obsessed with the dollhouse. Nothing, but nothing else would hold her interest.

NB: New “In the  house” series : 1 of 9.

SOLD (at the Teeny Tiny Art Show)

DOLL HOUSEThe ephemera : original vintage dictionary page ( with cool definitions like guillotine, gullible, guinea pig, guile and guardian ) ; snippet of a vintage calling card; vintage photo of solemn girl and doll; decorative victorian motif; original French stamp of general de Gaulle; photo of odd house number from fantan alley in Victoria, BC.

The found objects: german frozen charlotte doll

Size: 3.5 inches x 12 inches x 1 inch on house shaped wooden block

Travellers

Travelling onwards, leaving the past behind them. No more bills, no more commitments, no more hoarding, no more secrets…Nevermore. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe ephemera: old love letter from 1800s, old dictionary page (hoarder), old mechanical manual page; reproductions of old sheet music cover, old French pharmacy label, ancienne facture, old sheet music and autograph page from my grandmother to my mother; reproductions of natural history illustrations, vintage train clock and old map of London; various decorative papers; a variety of vintage numbers both original and reproductions.

12 inches by 24 inches by 2 inches wooden cradle.

 

 

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.

THIS END UP : encaustic collage

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

SOLD (at Bound to be Different)

creartful dodger collage this end up brid collage

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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.

 

 

JAIL BIRDS: A COLLECTION Part 3

Go directly to jail.

Do not pass go.

Do not collect 200 dollars.

Who will receive the get out of jail free card?

It’s up to you.

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The ephemera:  vintage mugshots, an old receipt, a vintage postcard from Amsterdam, airmail stickers, an old pharmacy label, an old photo of a water tower, muybridge’s dancing girl,  a natural history owl illustration, the cover from an old manuscript, vintage ticket stubs, natural history eggs, a nest and a scrap of old wall paper.

 

 

violette bicyclette: encaustic collage

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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.

SOLD

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.

CALL BOX: assemblage

An old telephone dial, old papers, a doll’s eye from Paris, an old green door knob, a watch face…what shall we do with you?

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Finished assemblage cradled in the right hand waiting to be played with.

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The dial actually works and makes a lovely whirring noise while making the eye ball spin.

Check out the you tube video to see it work

Do you still remember your old phone number?

Number 2, rue Portejoie, Paris : assemblage

Two young girls on their first big adventure sans adults, in Paris. Climb up la tour Eiffel and  pinch yourselves…are we really here? Leave your names locked to Le Pont des Arts, the friendship sealed there.

Old French receipt ( carried home carefully by the girls with other precious papers), vintage lock and keys, old house number 2, La tour Eiffel on tissue paper, and Fleur de Lys.

A Gift for Alissa, so she will always remember her escapades with Zoe.

For the birds : encaustic collage

 

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There goes the neighbourhood…. again. A crowd of crows, watching, a watch-faced moon. A crowd of houses, numbered, oddly. Who would live here?

NB: Having gifted the original “There goes the neighbourdhood” to a dear friend. I missed it and decided to rework it, this time encased in  encaustic wax, and rename it “for the birds”. 

On the road to Portsmouth: collage

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An elephant is running away to Portsmouth…why, I do not know. Perhaps to escape the rigours of circus life or perhaps to seek employment in the shipyards. Somehow he seemed to need the red vintage lotto numbers and the gauge to help him on his way. Thanks to Alwen for the elephant image, the map and a very fun art day last fall.

SOLD

Dysfunctional village: assemblage

Six dwellings, each unique and individual and yet each belonging with the others, to form the dysfunctional village. The doors are waiting to be opened. What lies within?

House number one: one bottle of hair brown, vintage house number; old latch, antique porcelain doll’s leg, a bit of ribbon.

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House number two: two keys, a door knob, an antique optical lens, a tiny light bulb, an eye and a vintage house number.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

House number six: 6 vintage typewriter keys; an old gauge; a vintage fishing lure, an old tap and a vintage house number.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

House number four: four vials, an old key, and old door plate, a bit of old ribbon and a vintage house number.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHouse number three: three frozen charlottes, old copper nails and screws; a section of a old wooden slide rule; a door knob and a vintage house number.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

What’s your number?: collage

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What's your number?

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vintage house numbers, digital photos, old papers

Inspired by a trip to London and Paris I became entranced with the variety of beauty of house numbers and took many pictures…I layered them with old text and added some vintage house numbers from the local junk shop. I included the age and birthdates of my children, Sherlock home’s address, and other significant number’s in my life.