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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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.


Bird Songs


18.5” x 25.5”
Framed under glass
Deconstructed violin, vintage sheet music and bird prints, twigs, leaves, bird nest.

Once Upon a Time

10” x 12”
Framed under glass.
Made with vintage book and pages, twigs, candlestick and pine cones.

Song of the Sea


25" x 30"
framed under glass
Made with a dissected violin, wooden sails  from old model boat, vintage etchings, sheet music, and assorted vintage objects including doll parts, message in a bottle, shells, locket, goblet, harmonica, marbles, antique toys and many other items I am sure can be found on the bottom of the ocean or have  washed up on thousands of shores throughout the years.
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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. 

Play with your Food

17" x 31"
framed under glass
Made with old blocks, vintage circus paper doll, Mary Jane candy wrappers, ice cream scoop, Pez dispenser, doll parts, fruit, recipes, diner poster, wooden eggs.
Go ahead and play with your food. There's an art to it.
 
 
 


Beauty Culture

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

A Day at the Beach

11" x 13"
framed under glass
Made with old book pages and postcard, antique bottle filled with sand, shells and small rowboat from an old model boat,  fishing lures and excerpts  from a book dangling from the mouth of the bottle. Old block, hand painted drinking glass, oar.
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Doll Face

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

Can I Keep it?

11" x 13"
framed under glass
Made with an old cigar box, vintage doll head with dog body, and pages and illustrations from old books.
This piece pays homage to my Mom who allowed me to take home every injured, homeless, and sometimes very odd looking stray creature I found as a kid. 

Loves Me, Loves Me Not

18" x 24" x 1.5"
on board with working spinner
Made with vintage game board with working spinner which reveals either a loves me or loves me not. Below the game board is a receptacle to deposit all the petals you have plucked in the past. The vintage photos are ripped and then taped back together. The title is made with letters from an old Anagrams game.
Love sure is fickle. You just never know what you're gonna get.

The Alchemy of Flowers

28" x 20"
framed under glass
Made with vintage botany prints from several old books; chemistry equipment including pipettes, test tubes, thermometer, and pieces of other lab ware; vintage brass pieces with old jewelry; bottles, microscope; hose nozzle; scissors; notebook; wooden box.
There are several definitions of alchemy but this is  the one which suited me best: Any magical power or process of transmuting a common substance into a substance of great value. Of course, being an artist I could translate this definition any way I wanted...so I did it this way. I have had in my collection a box of beautiful lab pieces so it seemed the right fit to use them to concoct these flowers made with old jewels. It should be noted the pipettes used as stems were not found that way. I put my life in great risk by sucking green paint into each one to look like green stems. I am happy to share that not one drop of green paint made it into my mouth.  Art is dangerous, my friend.
Parents shouldn't have favorite kids but I admit this one is one of my all time favorites. I failed chemistry twice, but I aced this piece.
Once again I would like to thank my forever pal Betsy Youngquist for donating the eye bud.
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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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Escape Artist

10" x 12"
framed under glass
Made with animal prints from antique wildlife books; old art supplies including paint brushes and watercolors; scissors.

Stories of Starland

23" x 23"
framed under glass
Made with vintage star maps, illustrations and poems, a Stories of Starland book, original E.T. Paul sheet music,  flashlight with trophy top holding mirrored star, vials containing "stars" made of old costume jewelry gems,  horse and bear highlighted with "star" constellation, stacked chairs with a pair of eyes on top, a Armillary sphere (an astronomical instrument used to study the rotation of the planets) made with World's Fair souvenir, watch parts, brass charms and jewelry.
The stars have infinite stories to tell. Grab yourself a good seat and watch them happen.
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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.
 


A Wise Investment

 
10" x 10" x 1.5"
on board
Made with old stocks, foreign and domestic money, dice, mirrors and change purse.
I'm no financial guru but when you look at this piece you will see a reflection in the three mirrors of the best investment you can make: you. 

Nesting Music

24" x 27"
framed under glass
Made with vintage bird lithographs, antique violin mold, bests and eggs, twigs for strings, sheet music, airbrushed sky, pocket watch.
This violin mold has been hanging on my studio wall for years. I finally took the plunge and used it so this piece is particularly special to me.
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Time to Talk

20" x 20" x 1"
on board
This piece has an old tin toy telephone with a working dial which rings when you dial it. Around the perimeter of the phone is an assortment of vintage postcards and game cards which portray different events, holidays and good 'ol human emotions that we all experience throughout the year. To give the feel of a clock portraying the moments of our lives ticking by I have included an hour, minute and second hand as well as watch faces placed at the 12, 3, 6 and 9 hours of the clock. 
Enough with the texting and social media. Why not settle back and catch up with one of your favorite people with a good old fashioned phone call.

Album

17" x 31"
Framed under glass
I took apart an entire Victorian photo album to create this piece. I used the pages, the brass hinges, clasps, and leather which I very carefully pulled away from the cover. The lens mounted above eggs is from an antique stereoscopic photo viewer. Behind the lens are two children hatching from eggs taken from old postcards as are the other images in the album. The wooden box holding the nest and hand painted eggs  were originally used by a watchmaker to store his parts.
We all come a very long line of eggs and this piece pays tribute to our "embryonic" heritage.
Do you see a family resemblance? 

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.

A Love Story

8 7/8" x 5 1/4" x 3.5"
Wooden Box
This box is covered with pearls, whole and crushed shells, and vintage hand written letters.
On the inside is an antique tin type of a woman, calipers, old letters ,and shells.  The bottle is filled with various mementos including lace and ribbon. Tied to the neck of the bottle is a locket with an old map on one side and a handwritten note the says, "I am here" on the other.