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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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.
 




The Art of the Letter

 24" x 30"
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.


Travel Music

24" x 30"
framed under glass
Made with deconstructed violin, old maps and sheet music, Tootsie Toy airplane, and numerous vintage objects including toy double decker bus, camera lens, propeller, watch face, wooden shoe, pearls, shells, swan, marbles, and elephant to name just a few.

Mind Games

10" x 12"
framed under glass
Made with Phrenology head print, and original directions and pieces from old games. 
 

Voyeur

8" x 9" by 3"
This piece was created in a beautiful old Hach Chemical Co. supplies box from Ames, Iowa. It has an antique brass door knob with plate. Peering out from the keyhole is a beaded glass eye by artist Betsy Youngquist. There is also a key and melted candle in a candlestick. On the top of the box Voyeur is spelled out in old printers block letters.
It can be hung on a wall or placed on a shelf.
Though it comes with a Plexiglas cover, it can be easily removed depending on your preference.  
 


Fish Stories

 
18" x 25" x 2"
on board
Made with brass hatch with magnifying glass lens showing illustration of boy riding a fish. There are also calipers, fish, and a  fishing rod with a book titled REVISED on the hook. The other book is titled FACTS.
There are always two sides to every story: the real story and the revised version.
 

Architecture of Home

15" x 17"
framed under glass
Made with hand -cut rulers, hammer, nails, anagram letters from an old game, and pages from a vintage book of architecture and design.


Cardinal Rule

 
8" x 8" x 2"
Pages from old architecture book, cardinal print, ruler and egg.
Someone mentioned the cardinal rule and this is what popped in my head.

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. 

Egg Head, Bullheaded, Pencil Necked Geek, Hot head, Blockhead, Pig Headed, Bird Brain

12" x 25"
Framed under glass
Vintage photographs with extremely odd shaped heads. The tie the hot head is wearing .is a working thermometer
This piece was inspired by a friend who was venting about a rather trying business meeting she had attended that day.  She will remain anonymous to protect her identity...and job. 


It's a Jungle Out There

16" x 24" x 1.5"
on board
Made with antique tin Jungo Target game, vintage AAA map of NYC, postcards and animals, working spinner with cars.
This piece was inspired by a cloud I saw in the shape of an elephant which was looming above the Empire State Building one day. Check out  Instagram to see the whole story.
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Handle With Care

Handle With Care
12" x 12" x 1"
Made with vintage original letters, postage stamps and labels, brass eagle, ink pen with tip.
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Smile, Damn You

 
22" x 27"
framed under glass
Made with vintage photos and the photographer's studio mark removed from the rear of the photos, bellows camera, tin monkey, Empire State Building, blocks, and antique Smile, Damn You postcard with glitter.
There is much speculation as to why people didn't smile for photographs years ago.  Regardless of the reason perhaps if the photographer had asked them to smile as big as the Empire State Building it might have had better results.
There is one person smiling in the piece. See if you can find that person.


Keep Your Eye on the Birdie


12" x 12" x 1.5"
on board
Vintage Kodak film and Brownie camera, old toy birds, bird prints, wooden spool, eye in lens.

'Round the World Travel

24" x 24" x 1.5"
on board
Vintage tin game and airplane (the plane spins!), handle  and hinges from old suitcase, flags from geography book printed in the early 1900's.
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Indecision

 
 

20' x 20" x 1.5"
on board
 Contemporary Color Guide book and pages,  paint brushes, color wheel with working spinner.
This book is from the 1950's and filled with page after page of color ideas for every damn room in your house. Can't make up your mind? 
 Spin the wheel!

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.

Mailing Myself to You

10" x 12"
framed under glass
Made with vintage postcards, stamps and bisque doll.
"Gonna wrap myself in paper
I'm gonna daub myself with glue
Stick some stamps on my head;
I'm gonna mail myself to you."
   Woody Guthrie

Smitten

10" x 10"
framed under glass
Made with old Vogue patterns, vintage buttons and spools of thread. In the center of the heart is an arrow made with a safety pin and sewing needles with red thread coming  through the eyes.

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.

Musical Chairs

 
21" x 30"
framed under glass as pictured
This piece has old sheet music, time charts from vintage geography book, a strange old blood red record, pulleys, chain, hooks, cleat, pocket watch and chairs.
There was something about musical chairs that creeped me out a bit. It was as though some evil force had targeted one person to humiliate in front of all those other kids. But we all know it was just a harmless kids game, right? 

Roadside Attractions

12" x 12" x 1"
This piece is on ampersand board and hangs as you see it.
This piece has tableware covered with vintage postcards. It also has vintage road maps and cars taken from mid-century magazines. The vintage Duncan Hines book was printed in the 1950's.

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? 

Bull in a China Shop

11" x 13"
framed under glass
Made with toy bull, broken plates and sales tickets waiting to be written up to tally the damage.
 

Clothes Horse

 10" x 10" x 2"
Vintage paper dolls, horse heads, simplicity patterns, horseshoe with buttons.
 

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.

Our New Possessions

Box made from old book parts.
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Suppertime

Wooden Box
On this box is a book published in 1930 called Suppers. It is covered with old recipes from assorted vintage recipe books. The napkin under the fork is the cover sheet from yet another recipe book. There is a knife below the fork and spoon. Inside there are recipes and an illustration from a vintage book called "Mother's Helper" recipe book.
 

Early Riser

Wooden Box
8 7/8" x 5 1/4" x 3.5"
The outside of the box is covered with vintage black and white prints which mimic the quality of light as dawn breaks. There is also an old alarm clock set at 6:15. When you open the box there are vibrant color prints representing the rising sun illuminating the world. Inside the tea cup is a nest with egg with a spoon resting on the saucer. This piece is perfect for the early riser.