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

collage art

 

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

État Civil et Expéditions

State of Civility. That was what he hoped he would find. Would his expeditions lead him there?

owl collage

The ephemera: Original French document 1800’s; original postal stamps; original airmail sticker; high quality reproduction of natural history illustration of an owl.

Size: 5 inches square

SOLD at the teeny tiny artshow

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.

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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.

 

 

Why?

Why?

Why only the bare bones?

Why turn left?

Why take the key?

Why take flight?

collage

The ephemera: 1936 atlas page of city plan: page from vintage calligraphy book; page from old technical manual 1939; vintage postcard purchased from Trishia Jacobs Carney ;  image of a wing from the Graphics Fairy; image of a flying flock.

Found objects:  small bird bone, vintage key

Size : 8 inches square on wooden block

The process:  layers of original vintage papers with topcoat of gesso; completed with images, both reverse transfer and collage; finished with found objects and archival varnish. This was my demo piece made during my summer collage workshop. carte-postales-isabelle-1200021

Coeur de Cygnes

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

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.

Faisan Présent

Monsieur Faisan

ici présent

fait son entrée

dans la société

sans se gêner.

bird collage

The ephemera: Decorative paper, natural history image of ringed pheasant, beautiful French document from the 1800s.

Size: 8 inches by 8 inches on wooden block.

Owl of the Week

He was thrilled to appear in the registry book as Owl of the Week.

Finally his wisdom was being recognised by the Parish.

Maybe now, he would get the respect he KNEW he deserved.

 

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The ephemera: Old Parish Ledger from Halifax; natural history illustration of an owl, registered mail sticker from Marseille.

Size 4 by 6 inches, ready for framing.

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.

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.

flying fishes

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.

 

 

 

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

 

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.

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Sir Percival himself                               his cabinet of curiosities

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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.

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Top view.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAdetails

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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.

THE BIKE SHED

“Meet me in the bike shed”  she said.

And there, they discovered that

their nuts and bolts were perfectly matched.

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IN THE HOUSE  series 9/9. Series complete.

The ephemera: reproduction of vintage photo of my husband’s grandparents, original chart from school copy book from 1800s, original vintage label from tool cabinet, original piece of a vintage measuring tape. decorative paper.

The found objects: tiny lock for the bicycle, vintage game piece number.

Size: 3.5 inches by 11.75 inches on wooden house shaped block.

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.

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

LAVENDER BLUE

Lavender’s blue, dilly, dilly

Lavender’s green.

When you are king, dilly, dilly

I shall be queen.

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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.

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

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.

 

 

Mme D’amour: Maison Meublée

Maison Meublée à louer…Paris apartment, fully furnished for rent.

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Why a swan of course, enchained by a golden choker, accompanied by some coral from the South Seas and a healing crystal. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Twin tarnished crowns complete the decor. Maison meublée by Madame D’Amour.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Vines and Time to top it all off.   Always “À la une ”  is Madame d’ Amour.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The ephemera: old French notarized document (original), British station clock (reproduction), old Swan game board (reproduction) , old French advert (reproduction), botanical illustrations (reproduction).

Found objects: coral, quartz crystal, wooden drawer pull, vintage drawer pull, vine ribbon, brass crowns, old cigar box.

Thank you to Graphic`s Fairy for the French topography  and Bibliodyssey for the Swan game board image http://bibliodyssey.blogspot.ca/

Ostrich on the run : art tag

Hurry, scurry, hop to it. You’re late. You’ll never get there on time.

Run, scoot, off with you! Skidaddle, fly, get a move on!

Step on it! Time is of the essence so snap to it , I say!

Come on, giddy up! Let`s go!
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The ephemera : old book cover, original French bill from 1900, natural history image of ostrich, old airmail sticker from Peru, muybridge`s running lady, vintage clock face.

 

Trifling with Eiffel: assemblage

Marie was all cut up.

How could he have trifled with her so?

“Enough!” she said and on went the new frock.

Time to rejoin society.

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Front of the box when closed.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe ephemera: cover from a legal document 1828, old receipt from 1879 (reproduction) , old  handwritten envelope, vintage postal stamps and stickers, old metro ticket (reproduction), vintage French postcard (reproduction)

The found objects: old optical lense, feather, old cigar box

Thank you to Trishia Jacobs Carney of French Kissed Postcards  for the gift of the Eiffel girl postcard. I hope you like what I have done with her.

Thank you to Alwen of Belle Brocante for the lovely old document and for the inspiring day that gave me a start on this project. See Art Play Date for details.

 

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.

 

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front of the box when closed

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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

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe ephemera: vintage photo of the dolly sisters, French antique dictionary pages, vintage handwritten letter, fragment from a vintage French school book, old colour swatch image, vintage tobacco  labels.

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.