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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Once Upon a Time

21" x 21"
Framed under glass
Made with found sticks and twigs, vintage bisque doll parts, antique typewriter parts,  hand cut books, vintage book illustrations,  antique toys and  ink  pen nibs used as buds on trees, horse legs and fox tail.
The most memorable stories written always begin with Once Upon a Time.....


Travel Plans

18" x 24" x1.5"
On cradled board
Made from a collection of old maps, suitcase parts, and a vintage  tin globe bank.
Saving up for the trip of your dreams is prudent. But sometimes life throws you a curve and the need for an impromptu getaway is in order. So it's always wise to have a little travel fund stash on hand to facilitate a quick escape. The bank is functional and the globe can be removed to retrieve money.
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Where the Wild Things Roam

20" x 20"
Framed under glass
Made with old Corona typewriter parts, ribbon, vintage elephant figurine, brass animals, and vintage book and book pages.
My ideas are often inspired by vintage beautiful book covers like this one. I didn’t have to read it to know that there were some very exciting tales of wild animals roaming between the pages.

Art Imitates Life

 
15" x 17"
Framed under glass
Made with old Corona typewriter parts, ribbon, doll parts, tea cups and spoon.
I found this old book called Tin Tan Tales about common objects coming to life which is essentially the goal of my work. I chose this particular illustration from the book because of my obsession with typewriters, spoons, and naughtiness. This is a portrayal of how objects object to being called common.
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Night Owls

 
22" x 22" x 1.5"
Framed under glass
Made with old owl prints, lighter, flashlight, antique claw feet holding a planet, marbles, watches,      chains, and stars made with stones from vintage jewelry.
I’m a night owl. While most people are settling in for the night and ending their day, I’m often just getting started. 

The Escape

15" x 17" x 1.5"
framed under glass
Made with antique bird lithograph, cage, vintage anagrams, miniature cups and silverware, twigs, 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 or we’d just get fed up and find our own way out.  
The fact is we all feel a little caged in sometimes. Who hasn't thought of escaping?
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A Penny for your Thoughts

15" x 17"
Framed under glass
Made with play money, pennies, vintage leather wallet, doll head,
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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.
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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.
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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. 
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Depth of Field Sonata

20” x 26”
Framed under glass.
Made with violin, bellows camera parts, sheet music, vintage prints, Victorian photo album pages, beech tree leaves, wasp nest, hand painted field scene on violin face, and vine.
This is purely a play on words I couldn’t resist capturing in a piece. I am a fan of nature photography and documentaries which often use classical music to heighten and accentuate the drama and beauty. This is my interpretation of the forces of photography, nature and music coming together. Please take note of bird peering out of camera lens and flower in view finder.

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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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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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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Color Your World

 


16" x 20" x 1.5"
On cradled board
Made with vintage original artist’s palette, paint brush, suitcase handle and hardware, propeller, and compass.
Travel to me is an expression of art. We have all seen pictures and paintings and artistic renderings of some of the most impressive places on earth. This piece pays homage to all those “artists” who are inspired enough to make the journey to see these places with their own two eyes.