"Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby.  But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."

 

The first book I remember is "The Velveteen Rabbit" by Margery Williams.  Her words are the best ones to describe my work with old things.  To me they are alive.  When I bring them home, many are orphaned, faded, broken, or missing pieces.  By combining antique timepieces, discarded trinkets, and mechanical objects with old photographs and natural forms such as butterflies, I hope to create a feeling of beauty and harmony in the dichotomy.  I strive to evoke a feeling of closeness from these everyday objects of the past, and foster a feeling of appreciation from a world that is now so drastically different.

 

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THE FABULOUS TURTLE BOY, 2013, 17" x 10" x 5"

early 1900's baby doll, snapping turtle shell, paint

CCirca

THE OLIVER, 2014, 10" x 12" x 13"

1920's typewriter, ephemera & spectacles, rehydrated & posed butterflies, wire, paint 

TRIO OF TIMEPIECE BOUQUETS

TRIO OF TIMEPIECE BOUQUETS

2012, various up to 12" x 3" x 3" clock & watch parts, bamboo, vases, glass stones, ribbon, paint, glue

LITTLE FOLKS

LITTLE FOLKS

2011, 8" x 15" x 3" vintage book, lead truck, yo-yo, vintage photograph with frame, marble, wood, glue

BLUEBIRD BOX

BLUEBIRD BOX

2011, 12" x 7" x 4" vintage tin, watch parts, doll parts, vintage photograph with frame, spool, salt & pepper shakers, butterflies, clothespin, button, glue

TUNEFUL TIGERS

TUNEFUL TIGERS

2013, 20" x 16" x 10" toy piano, toy steel plane, dominos, lead tiger, vintage photograph with frame, circus and WWII books, 78, tag with yarn

LONESOME

LONESOME

2012, 14" x 15" x 7" piano keys, edison record, watch parts, tin, vintage books, photograph with frame, flashlight, checkers, wood, glue

LEE, SILVER & BLUE

LEE, SILVER & BLUE

2013, 5" x 7" x 3" vintage photographs & frame, bakelite pen, rhinestone brooch

MAINSPRINGS AND OTHER THINGS

MAINSPRINGS AND OTHER THINGS

2013, detail view

MAINSPRINGS AND OTHER THINGS

MAINSPRINGS AND OTHER THINGS

2013, 22" x 17" x 7.5" music box mechanics, nouveau lead box, key, watch parts & tin, watchmakers box with parts, clock gear, beetles, pump organ panel, glue

MEMORIES OF MY MORRIS 8

MEMORIES OF MY MORRIS 8

2012, 20" x 8" x 3" 1930's UK license plate, wood, keys, bracket & speedometer from a 1938 Morris 8, wire, glue

BLUEBIRD BOX

2011, 12" x 7" x 4" vintage tin, watch parts, doll parts, vintage photograph with frame, spool, salt & pepper shakers, butterflies, clothespin, button, glue