PAR VÉLO

Par Vélo

La lettre,

si attendue,

est arrivée enfin,

ce matin,

livrée

par vélo.

SOLD (at Bound to be Different)

par vélo

par vélo

The ephemera:  vintage air mile envelop, vintage air mile stickers and stamps, vintage bus ticket stub, vintage food ration tickets from 1940’s France, image of vintage bicycle.

The size: 4 inches by 6 inches, ready for framing.

Available at Bound to Be Different in Chemainus BC.

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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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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.

 

STANDING FIRM: assemblage

He was

standing firm,

sticking to his convictions,

even under close scrutiny

and in the face of dissent.

He knew he had the key

to a better future.

SOLD

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The lid of the box opens and closes to give a different effect.

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The ephemera: vintage mugshot , vintage lighthouse postcard.

The found objects: cigar box ( thank you Tommy), antique optical lense, vintage key, old serial tag, old game piece number.

HANDLE WITH CARE: assemblage

Handle with care. 

Caution.

Do not turn the handle

Do not touch the bird.

Do not drink the poison.

Do not turn on the oven.

Do not do things by halves.

Do not follow the rules.

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The ephemera: vintage postcard, vintage postal stickers, old stamp.

The found objects: old cherry-red slide rule, tart tin, vintage wooden coaster, old address number 1/2, old hemp twine, retro oven timer, small antique bottle and vintage poison label, antique door handle, antique clock part, old drawer painted red and a pretty red-headed bird.

SOUS LE VENT: assemblage

Sous le vent

Si tu crois que je t’oublie, écoute

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 glissé sous le vent

Fais comme si je quittais la terre

J’ai trouvé mon étoile et je l’ai suivie un instant

sous le vent.

– Jacques Veneruso

 

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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.

YOU’VE GOT MAIL: altered post cards

You’ve got mail Harvey….from Juliette. That poor little Belgian girl that you mislead with your winning ways. Now she writes to you imploring you to answer her, to love her. At first the postcards are in French and then she learns English, to please you. She is hoping you will reply. Little does she know that you also receive postcards from Jane and Helga and Maria and others…Did she live a life of bitterness, cursing those drat Canadians or did she find someone after the war was over…maybe she went on to lead a happy life. We will never know.

GIFTED

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Here is the long suffering Juliette. And on the reverse….
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Yet another missive from Juliette…She has hand drawn a speech bubble with the letter H for Harvey. And on the reverse….
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The circus is here, arriving by paquebot. Maybe Juliette went to cheer herself up.
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Voila Jane, a more sensible English paramour, who only wrote once to charming Harvey. And on the reverse…. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA   

Jane’s bicycle and a few  dancing girls to spice things up.
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And finally here is Harvey ( on the left). Are we being too harsh with you Harvey. You are awfully young and it was the Great War after all and you were far from home. Still, you could have been kinder to Juliette. And on the reverse…..

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Mugshots and turpentine.. not very subtle I admit. But that is how it is Harvey.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA    Thank you to Lori for gifting me your uncle Harvey’s postcards. He is long gone but his        exploits live on.

EPHEMERAL COLLECTIONS

The siren call of vintage paper ephemera. Some things are hard to resist: vintage bus tickets, old stamps, colourful vintage airmail stickers, stunning seed packets, beauteous antique pharmacy labels, handwritten letters, artful receipts, meticulous ledger pages… what will become of these snippets of the past.

A recent find …40 beautiful old French pharmacy labels in delicate lilac colour or soothing green. LOVE!.

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Stunning seed packet labels from 1900 in beautiful bright colours.

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My new favorite collection of vintage airmail stickers and other postal delights…stamps and postmarks are very high up on my ADORE list.

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And finally a rainbow of old French stamps gifted to me by a very supportive sister.

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NB background papers: include some of my most favorite items…old maps, vintage receipts, old postcards and handwritten manuscripts….SWOON!

PS I love using the drop shadow effect in Photo Shop Elements…so cool.

AQUAMARINE BEAUTY : collage

A very French Hen gingerly negotiates her path amongst the aquamarine jelly fish  on her way to select her “parfum préfèré”  from the exclusive Paris salon. Will she have time for a chou à la crème chez Odette before making the journey homeward.collage beautiful bird

VINTAGE TAGS: ELEVEN, TWELVE, THIRTEEN

Grommet, grommet, grommet…mission accomplished, thirteen, slightly odd tags completed as planned, I will put my grommet tool away….for now. The tags are all tucked snugly into a galvanized tin on the coffee table, waiting…..

British Army trainees exercising on a vintage French calling card; Heart Stimulant tablets, for obvious reasons; and a bus ticket stub the grommet hides the number 13.

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   Three vintage seashells (one hidden by a Blackpool bus ticket) on an antique French letter from the 1700 s.

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  Antique bees on French typography; a dancing girl in stop motion and an Eiffel Tower faux-postage stamp all affixed on a Post Card from World War I. On the postcard Juliette from Belgium, is beseeching her Canadian lover Harvey, to reply to her outpourings of love in previous cards… to no avail. Alas Harvey, the scoundrel, has received many such post cards from other European lasses unbeknownst to Juliette. I happen to be in possession of his collection that he kept all his life…perhaps as a reminder of his wild days during the war, having settled for a life of conventionality in a small Canadian town. Thank you to Lori for gifting me her Uncle Harvey’s post card collection. I promised Lori that I would be kind to Juliette as she had written so many unrequited messages.

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Vintage Tags: Oddities and Family

More Vintage Tags from my kitchen table pop-up  factory.

Daughter: What are you making now?

Me: Vintage art tags

Daughter: Why?

Me: Because the idea came to me and I just had to do it.

Daughter: But…what will you do with them?

Me: I don’t know … it doesn’t matter really .

Daughter: You are a strange little woman but I love you.

Family support….priceless.

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My mother and aunt as teenagers during the Second World War. The backing for the tag is my mothers old school copy book. The numbers below are from a food ration booklet from the same era. The photo has been layered with a receipt from a piano manufacturer.

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Mr. Poppins! Thanks to the Graphics  Fairy for the image. I layered the image with an old French receipt. More food ration tickets finish off the tag.

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Watering the cabbage patch. Just love this old post card. So quirky. The backing is the cover of a vintage book that was being discarded from the library. A French ticket under the grommet finishes it off.

ÉTIQUETTES BICYCLETTES : art tags

Un trio d’étiquettes bicyclettes… mais ou les mettre? En vedette sur une tablette?

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Matériel: ancienne carte postale; ancienne facture; vieille photo; dos d’un livre; billet gare de l’est Paris.Image

Carnet de rations alimentaires de 1947; dos d’un livre; billet d’autobus; vieille photoImage

Matériel: épine du dictionnaire illustré Larousse; billet d’autobus; vieille photo, ancienne reçue.

Mixed media collage

Creatures from the deep; collage

Six little creatures living in a sea of old papers will they ever survive all this paper work?

Titanic tentacles grasping on to the ticket.

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Listen  Marthe and you will hear the sea.Image

Penny pinching while going over the receipts.Image

Consultations with arms open wide.Image

Weeding through the correspondence.Image

A prickly postcard, will it be well recieved?Image

Mini collages, 2 inches square, destined for a wooden playing block.

OFF TO THE TROPICS! : vintage luggage tags

Luggage Tags/ Les étiquettes

Always artful even when packing for a tropical vacation….guess where I am off to!

valise numéro un: costume de bain, lunettes de soleil, crème solaireImage

valise numéro deux: passeport, billets d’avion, dictionnaire espagnol/ françaisImage

valise numéro trois: guide touristique, cartes routières, chapeau de pailleImage.

 

Exchanging rain, grey skies and low temperatures for sunshine, monkeys, snorkelling and palm trees. Bliss.

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