NESTING AMONGST THE POPPIES

As the weather turned colder the nesting instinct took over. It was time to hunker down for the long winter months to come.

Nesting under the Poppies.
SOLD
Nesting between the Poppies. SOLD
Nesting on the Poppies Sold

The ephemera: Original French documents from the 1800s; photos of crows, photos of poppy seed heads from my garden, reproductions of antique nest illustrations.

Size: 8 inches by 8 inches

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Coeur de Cygnes

C’est mieux √† deux, les yeux dans les yeux, les¬†¬†cŇďurs des amoureux savent¬†se battre √† 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.

Faisan Présent

Monsieur Faisan

ici présent

fait son entrée

dans la société

sans se gêner.

SOLD (at Visions Artists Studio Tour)

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.

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.

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.

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

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 ch√Ęteau d’eau , la corde , la somnif√®re, la cl√©.

H√©las, ils ont rat√© 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.

SOUS LE VENT: assemblage

Sous le vent

Si tu crois que je t’oublie, √©coute

ouvre ton port aux vents de la nuit,

ferme les yeux

et fais comme si j’avais pris la mer

j’ai sorti la grande voile et j’ai gliss√© sous le vent

Fais comme si je quittais la terre

J’ai trouv√© mon √©toile et je l’ai suivie un instant

sous le vent.

– Jacques Veneruso

SOLD

The ephemera: old map of italy, vintage postcard.

Found objects: vintage fishing lure and flasher, vintage vials with china paint, vintage thread spool, old door knob, tiny coconut, vintage hinge, printer’s block X.