Swallow Tail Time

It was  l’ann√©e 1909,  and the Season was upon them.  It was Swallow Tail Time, elegant, fragile, and yet, anything but sedate.

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The ephemera: Original Ledger Page from 1909 France; high quality reproduction of an antique, natural history illustration of a swallow tail butterfly.

The found objects: Vintage watch face, antique key; vintage watch hands and small found metal parts.

Size: 6 inches square

Murder Mystery: Peril at End House

Nick Buckley, the young and reckless mistress of End House, she tried to shrug off three near escapes from violent death. Were these accidents or attempted murder? Hercule Poirot felt a thrill of fear, no motive, no motive, yet someone had tried to kill not once but three times!  – Agatha Christie

Number 4 in the murder mystery.

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The ephemera: Vintage portrait, photo of a flower, vintage photo of ivy covered house, original old documents  from 1900.

Time Travelling Owl

He was timeless, literally. He could flit in and out of the time space continuum at will. It was just the way he was hard-wired.  He embraced his “exceptionality”.

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The ephemera: Antique French document circa 1800s; high quality reproduction of natural history illustration of an owl.

The found objects: vintage watch movement; parts and dials; vintage royal typewriter parts; small metal salvaged items.

Size: 7 inch square

Downton Abbey Goes to the Darkside

Downton Abbey was hiding a dark secret. No one ever spoke about the “Other” sister.

She was hidden away in the attic…oh wait that was Jane Eyre.

Lady Elvira was holed up in the tower , the evil genius mastermind, behind all the troubles that befell the inhabitants of the Abbey, both upstairs, and down.

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The ephemera: Vintage Document from 1800’s; vintage technical drawing; high quality reproduction of vintage portrait.

The Found objects: antique watch parts; old royal typewriter parts; vintage pen nibs; nasty old bottle.

Size: 7 inches square on wooden block

The Game is Afoot!

The Game is afoot he shouted, and they were off, in a race against time, to solve the crime.

SOLD (at Visions Artists Studio Tour)

The ephemera: reproductions of hot air balloon Caen France, anatomy photo of lion’s leg bone, clock face, original snippet of a love letter from the 1800s.

Size: 7 inches square on wooden block

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.

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 ūüôā

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.

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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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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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

Par avion

Il s’en va au nouveau monde pour faire fortune.

Un dernier regard en arrière avant de partir.

Espoir et regrets se lisent sur son visage.

Par avion…pour de bon!

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The ephemera : reproductions of vintage air mail stickers, old map, natural history image of owl and original vintage airmail stamp.

 

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.

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Columbine

Columbine

voit arriver le printemps

avec émerveillement.

Quel plaisir de voir éclore

les premières fleurs du jardin.

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The ephemera: vintage French stamp and cancellation stamp, vintage receipt from Beziers, vintage world portrait, antique botanical illustration.

6 inches by 6 inches on wooden block.

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?

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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.

the library at the east india club  (just for fun)

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STICK MEN : assemblage bits

Boomdeadda came to play

On an island summer’s day.

She gave the gift of an old yard stick.

I chopped it into little bits…

And made stick people out of it.

I will pay to her hommage

When they show up in an assemblage.

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Sorry K…the poem is a little lame but I love the gift and I hope you like what I have done with it. Here they are in sets of threes. I already have a plan in mind for three of them…he he he.  And here it is : Gentlemen’s Club

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The ephemera: vintage photos, a vintage sticker, an image of an old door knob

The found objects: old typewriter keys, old game pieces, a spring, a watch face, a verdigris crown , a rusty key, a washer, a heart shaped charm, a red scrabble tile, a tiny drawer handle and of course a vintage yard stick from a Seattle paint company.

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

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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.

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.

 

THIS MAN REFUSED TO OPEN HIS EYES: assemblage

This man refused to open his eyes
to the possibility of a different kind of life.
He remains imprisoned
by the same old patterns
that got him here in the first place.
Trapped by his unwillingness
to make a change.
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Assemblage box: How to

Step one Find a suitable box: old wooden whiskey crate

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Step two:
Cover the box inside and out with old papers…in this case city plans from an old atlas and an old french document from 1868

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Step three:
Gather found objects and ephemera that suit the theme or idea
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Step four:
Make shelves to fit chosen objects
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Step five:
Affix shelves and main image (mug shot from the 1920s)
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Step six:
Affix found objects
beach combed door handle, padlock, key, metal arrow tag, safe dial, glass eye ball, fishing hook, mouse trap, wooden castor

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MOUVEMENT: √©tude 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.

SOS NUMBER 259

SOS! Let me out of here! Who, who locked me up?

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The ephemera: a vintage owl natural history illustration ( reproduction), Old hand written French receipt from 1901 ( original ), a vintage padlock and key, 3 vintage metal typeset letters, a small bottle of china paint powder (golden brown ), a vintage post box number  and some rusty wire mesh.

Size : 8 inches by 8 inces

For locals I sourced the key and the letter press SOS letters here:

https://www.facebook.com/EverythingOldCanada?fref=ts It is a very cool shop in Saanich near the ferries.

 

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?