My assemblages are made with found and vintage objects which I use as narrative to

explore a wide variety of themes. The pieces are created within a 1 ½"

deep handmade shadow box made with foam core and illustration board, which are

then framed in hand-milled 2.5" deep wood frames and sealed under glass.


I also create unframed assemblages on 1" to 1.5" ampersand board as well as multimedia boxes.

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Contact Information:

Email: TWHambley@aol.com


studio phone:203.264.7686

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Animated Nature

20" x 20"
Framed under glass
Made with real butterflies, vintage floral prints, nest and egg, open book, old botany slides, bottle.
This book certainly lives up to its title.


Dream Warriors

23" x 26"
Framed under glass.
Made with vintage Strategy: The Game of Armies game cover, toy sheep, bisque doll heads, tin monkey, truck and soldiers, blocks, train, clock face, moon and sun.
Vintage game boxes have the most incredible graphics I have ever seen. This one inspired me immediately. This describes the process of falling asleep, counting sheep, drifting off to that place where reality becomes fantasy;  the journey toward our dreams begins.
Please notice  that one of the sheep is driving the truck so you're in good hands.  

The Escape

21" x 21"
Framed under glass.
Made with antique bird lithograph, cage, vintage anagrams, canoe, doll, miniature cups and silverware, twigs and pinecones, twig ladder, and leaves collected off trees during the middle of winter in New Hampshire.
I've never been a fan of any animal locked in a cage. As a kid I cried at zoos and my parents were politely asked to remove me from the bleachers the first time I went to a circus. Seeing all those beautiful animals cooped up in cages then dressed up in stupid outfits to be paraded around and gawked at did not put me in a jolly mood.  Much to the dismay of my fellow circus goers I let everyone know it.
What if the tables were turned and we were the ones locked up in cages.  Hopefully a kind animal looking in would have the heart to let us out.
The fact is, we all feel a little caged in sometimes. Who hasn't thought of escaping?

Once Upon a Time

18" x 24"
Framed under glass
Made with books, pumpkin stumps, vintage doll parts, candle stick, pen nibs, twigs, miniature books, antique illustrations from children's book, trumpet, shoes, stone bird, and turtle.
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Antidotes

15" x 17"
Framed under glass
Made with original doctors' prescriptions from the 1920's, book pages and  illustrations from vintage  health books, spoons, medicine bottle, and various objects including a toy plane, dog, paint tubes, shells, etc. spilling out of the bottle and sitting on the spoons.
We all have our own antidotes for when we are feeling a little under the weather both mentally or physically. Some hop on a plane, read a book, walk the dog, look at the stars, take a drive. Whatever your chosen remedy,  it is sometimes a far more wholesome choice than some of the drugs prescribed by these doctors. Did you read some of the prescriptions? No wonder we're a drug obsessed society.


Architecture of Home

 

21" x 31"
Framed under glass
Made with vintage  hand cut rulers, book pages, tape measure, calipers, pulley, hammer and nails.
The plan always begins with love, doesn't it?

Water Music

24" x 30"
Framed under glass
Made with piano keys, vintage sheet music and book pages, wooden boats, violin and piano parts, a wooden organ pipe, brass horn, wooden and canvas sails, Tuck postcard, bisque doll head and messages in bottles.
For several years I drove by a home which had  a rotting piano sitting in the side yard. I finally gained the courage to stop and inquire about  the poor piano. I knocked on the door feeling fairly secure that if I were to be kidnapped or attacked there would be  plenty of people driving by  who would alert the police if they saw a woman being dragged into a doorway against her will, but with her eyes fixed  firmly on that damn piano. A man who clearly wasn't dressed or coiffed for company answered the door. I meekly asked what his plans were for the piano, and if he had none, I would be honored to take the keyboard even though I had no clue how to remove it. He looked at me, and then the piano. "A friend was going to take the copper but that was a while ago. You got tools?" said the man.  "Yup," I replied, because anyone who knows me also knows that I have a box of tools in my car  just in case situations like this arise. "Go for it," he said, and then closed the door. I took my screwdriver and hammer and easily removed the keyboard like perfectly cooked meat falling  from a bone,  then  carried it to the safety of my car. I was out of there in seconds flat proud to have rescued this poor victim of neglect. Then I cut it up in my garage.
Assemblage art isn't always pretty, mu friend. 


Next Stop: Imagine Nation

24" x 24"
Framed under glass.
Made with vintage navigation charts, maps, toy planes, and bits and pieces of very cool stuff roaming around this place we call imagination.
I think it was Dr. Seuss who first referred to the imagination as a true nation. I always loved that thought and imagined people flying in from mundane countries to visit the most incredible nation on planet earth. What an amazing visit that would be. In fact, I would never want to leave.

Rock, Paper, Scissors

10" x 12"
Framed under glass.
Made with vintage book pages, blocks, scissors and obviously...a rock.
I never did understand this game. In fact every time I played it I had an urge to throw a rock at my opponent for a sure win. 

Shoot for the Stars

10” x 12”
Framed under glass.
Made with toy gun, vintage jewelry, star maps. 
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Depth of Field Sonata

20” x 26”
Framed under glass.
Made with antique  botany glass slides, violin, bellows camera parts, sheet music, vintage bird and flora prints, beech tree leaves, wasp nest, hand painted field, and vine. 

Weather Report

24” x 30”
Framed under glass
Made with vintage weather and astronomy maps, thermometers, original E.T. Paul sheet music cover, glass, pencil,  bird nest and egg, leaves, twigs, antique ice skater toy, pulley, and umbrella. 

Train of Thought


18” x 23”
Framed under glass.
Made with vintage trains and tracks, toy soldier, doll and China figurine parts, tin elephant, tea pot and cup, watch, blocks, globe, doll eye.
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Animated Nature

 
21" x 21"
Made with vintage animal prints, game board, and assorted objects and toys.
I've had the old book Animated Nature sitting on my studio shelf for years and as I was tearing out pages to use for a piece the title suddenly hit me. It conjured up images of  animals revving up their personalities in an effort to be animated and gain my attention....which it did.

Pet Peeves

10" x 12"
framed under glass
Vintage animal prints, vintage celluloid lion and doll, antique pet book.
Can you guess what my pet peeves are in this piece? Well for starters, domesticating wild animals, zoos, exotic animal acts, and so on.
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Blowing a Fuse

 
21" x 23"
framed under glass
Vintage scientific electronic board, wires, knobs, knife switch, vintage fuses.
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Tales from Storyland

20" x 33"
Framed under glass
Books, book pages, typewriter ribbon tin, vintage  miscellaneous animal characters from old books, scissors, bisque doll parts, cup, old diecast toys,  globe with fishing line and hook, key,vintage Cracker Jack toys, spoon,  metal zeppelin, and brass key hole.
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Setting the Stage

11" x 13"
framed under glass
Made with flag, gold tassels from an old military medal, canon, book pages, antique postcard, ink pen nibs below and firing out of the cannon. 
I finally got to see Hamilton on Broadway. This is what happened. 

Beauty Culture

11" x 13"
framed under glass
Made with old book pages, Lord Chesterfield tin, lion head, razor, doll parts.

Doll Face

11" x 13"
Made with old cabinet cards, antique doll head, and pearl necklace.

The Anatomy of a Player

21" x 25"
framed under glass
Made with old game pieces including game board, checkers, dice, dominoes, play money and tin toys; old advertising plastic shoes; antique anatomy prints of head and hands; gears; tassel.
No, I'm not a man hater. In fact, this piece can refer to any gender. However I do realize there are a couple cocks in there pecking at a bell. It's just a fun look at the oldest game in the world.
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The Art of the Letter

framed under glass
Made with original letters and envelopes from the 1940's, vintage pencils, and an old post office box door which took me two days to remove the rust and grime, restoring it to its original luster.
There will never be anything to equal the excitement of getting a letter; the handwriting, the postage mark, even the smell of the letter communicated so much more than just the words alone. Instead of writing an email  send off a handwritten note to a friend today. It's an art worth preserving.
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Living and Loving Outside the Lines

21" x 31"
framed under glass as shown
Made with old coloring book, crayons, scissors.
 I bought this old coloring book at a flea market and used the pages as is. Clearly the kid who colored the pages refused to stay in the lines and always chose a different  color than the one suggested by the book.
If you notice, the  scissors are cutting the lines that this wonderful kid decided to ignore. Sometimes you find the greatest inspiration in the oddest of places...even an old coloring book.