Night Sail

As night fell and twilight slowly darkened the waves, they set sail for new adventures.

Night Sail : Encaustic Collage

The ephemera: Original vintage atlas maps; original antique letter and stamps; original vintage night time map of the earth

The found objects: tiny antique cloth flag; tiny vintage map pin

Size: 12 inches square on wooden cradle

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

Mechanical Pink

He was fully functional, keyed up and ready for his first Autonomous Adventure as an Automaton.  No Droguerie necessary. SOLD 🙂

The ephemera: original French billhead from 1900; High quality reproduction of a natural history illustration of a fish.

The found objects: vintage fish tackle; tiny antique key; antique typewriter and watch parts.

Size: 6 inches square on wooden substrate.

Jutra Japon Papillon

Jutra Japon petit papillon, fluttering  amongst the beautiful purple script carefully put to page by Marie-Hélène in 1889.

The ephemera: Original page  from Marie-Hélène’s copy book dated 1889; high quality reproduction of a natural history illustration of a beautiful butterfly.

The found objects:  vintage watch face; various parts of watches and an antique royal typewriter.

Size: 6 inches square on wooden block

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

Parapluie Rouge

Jour de pluie, je m’ennuie,

mais mon parapluie, lui,

me donne envie

de sortir de ma coquille.

SOLD 🙂

Collage artwork

The ephemera:  Original Documents: old dictionary page,  old red calligraphy, city plan from the 1930s, french legal document from the 1800s.  Photos of a red umbrella and a crow printed on 100 % rag photo paper.

The found object: little antique key

Size: 10 inches square on wooden cradle

All about that bass

Yeah, you know I’m all about that bass, ’bout that bass, no treble!

All about that bass, ’bout that base no treble (X 2)

Yeah, it’s pretty clear, I  got more arms than two

But I can swim, swim, like I’m supposed to do

I’ve got that boom, boom that all the fish chase

All the right tentacles in all the right places!

Sorry  for the poor parody Meghan Trainor

All about that bass

SOLD 🙂

the ephemera: vintage music card; antique French document from 1840; antique paper; high quality copy of natural history illustration of an octopus.

size: small 5 inches square

Murder Mystery: Death in the Clouds

Death in the Clouds. Madame Giselle, a famous French money lender, is found dead in her seat on a flight from Paris to Croydon. Was it a wasp sting, that proved fatal or something more sinister at play?

Agatha Christie SOLD😁

The ephemera: Vintage church registry from Halifax; old mugshot; vintage aviation photo; vintage airmail sticker, natural history illustration of bees

Size : 5 inches square 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.

Coeur de Cygnes

C’est mieux à deux, les yeux dans les yeux, les  cœurs des amoureux savent se battre à l’unisson.

SOLD (at Visions Artists Studio Tour)

swan collage

The epehemera:  Antique French document, natural history image of black swan (times two), old letter and diamond decorative paper.

Size: 8 inches square on wooden block.

Crabbing

Let’s going crabbing down by the shore.

I’ll bring the net you bring the pail.

The 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.

Fly fish, Fly

Fly little fish, fly. Registered, par avion, stamped and sealed, you are ready to go. Make haste, across the ocean,  Monsieur is waiting. SOLD 🙂

The ephemera: high quality copy of natural history illustration of fish; original letter from 1855; original airmail stickers, registered mail labels and stamps; original atlas map of the California coast from 1921.

Saltair

Summers at the beach at Saltair. 

Alberta and May gossiping in the shade.

The picnic, tucked in the basket can wait awhile.

Halycon days, watching  the grand children

sailing, padding, collecting shells.

Altered Cigar Box

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The ephemera: Vintage photo of  Alberta and May. Antique original handwritten letter, original vintage postcard of sail boat, original vintage Map Projections from old Atlas, original vintage bill receipt and and a snippet of an original  vintage program to see Madame Butterfly.

The found objects: antique glass bottle, small sea urchin skeleton, fish vertebra, quartz crystal, bit of broken shell and and old cigar box.

Back of the Box : Map Projections

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Details: Alberta and May, my two grandmothers, relaxing at the Beach at Saltair, Vancouver Island, Canada, in 1949 or 1950.

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CABINET OF CURIOSITIES

Natural History, naturally became Sir Percival’s passionate pastime. He travelled hither and thither across the globe in search of the quintessential specimen to add to his quirky collection. Meticulously mounted for display in his study at the Manor House, they piqued the curiosity of all those privileged enough to enjoy a peek.

GIFTED to David

Sir Percival himself

                          his cabinet of curiosities

The ephemera : original old pages from medical dictionary 1933, original chart of systeme nerveux des animaux from French school book 1868, original page from an electrical manual 1924, reproduction of a natural history book title page, original French letter 1800s, original notarized document 1879, reproduction of label for cabinet of curiosities, snippet of a map of India, reproduction of vintage photo of Victorian man.

The found objects: wooden piano striker key, antique optical lens, copper nail, vintage silk cord, old book cover, jaw bone of a young deer, seed pods from tropical trees in Costa Rica, dried fungus, poppy seed cage, robin’s egg, peacock feathers, horse tooth, vial with deep blue delphinium seeds, manuscript dipped in encaustic wax and a small vintage box lid, wooden box with hinged lid.

Size 8 inches by 10.5  inches wooden box when closed, 18 inches by 10.5 inches  when open.

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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe box open.
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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)

The 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

LAVENDER BLUE

Lavender’s blue, dilly, dilly

Lavender’s green.

When you are king, dilly, dilly

I shall be queen.

#SOLD

The ephemera : reproductions of vintage botanical illustration, vintage world portrait and old receipt from 1879.

link to the Cinderella version of the old nursery rhyme lavender’s blue

FLOWER GIRL

Freshly picked flowers,

favorites, for her mother.

She can not wait to see

the joy they will bring,

Love is in the small things,

everyday gestures of kindness and regard.

The ephemera: reproductions of vintage portrait and antique botanical illustration. Original antique document from 1853, original vintage stamp.

Travellers

SOLD to Mona

Travelling onwards, leaving the past behind them. No more bills, no more commitments, no more hoarding, no more secrets…Nevermore. The 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.

Calcul: assemblage

Calcul mal fait!

Ils croyaient avoir tout prévu:

le château d’eau , la corde , la somnifère, la clé.

Hélas, ils ont raté leur coup et les voila en dedans…

5 ans au prison de Caen.

Altered cigar box

The ephemera : vintage mug shot, handwritten document from 1828 (original), old image of water tower, étiquette prisons de Caen, page from school calculations notebook 1879 (original) .

The found objects: old cigar box, vintage Canadian uniform button, old wooden checkers piece, small bottle of china paint, old electrical tag, vintage key, old wooden letterpress number.

Sisters : assemblage

Sisters, Sisters

There were never such devoted sisters.

Never had to have a chaperone “NO SIR!”

“I’m there to keep my eye on her”

-Irving Berlin

 

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The found objects: old optical lenses, watch face, peacock feather, metal crow’s foot, tiny watch part vial with pearl beads, typewriter keys and game pieces to form the word sisters, vintage buttons, old heart charms, the lid of a vintage music box, old tobacco box.

 

London Gentlemen’s Club : assemblage

They went down to London to spend a few days at the Club.

The East India Club, number 16 Saint-James’s Square.

Away from the the toils and trials  of country life

Was  the motive one of pure pleasure: reading, gaming, brandy?

Or was there something more shifty, more sinister, afoot?

gentlemans club

the ephemera: page from a french school copy book 1889, faded green soft book cover on sides of box, weathered paper, vintage bottle label.

the found objects : stickmen from previous post, red clay poker chip, old black game dice, wooden checker pieces, spectacles, and small bottle of ochre china paint powder.

notice the hole in the head

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.