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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Seeing Stars, Too.

23" x 26"
Made with original E.T. Paul sheet music, books, chairs, ladder, pulley lifting planet, vintage costume jewelry stones and pearls, glass vial containing planet and stars, marbles, toy giraffe and  bull made into constellations,  cow jumping over the moon,  glass eye peering out of lens watching the stars, antique astronomy book pages and wooden faucet. 
I just can't keep myself away from the subject of stars. This time I included a wooden faucet which I stuck into the night which is draining all the stars into a cup on the giraffe constellation's head. Just like the night sky, ideas about the stars are endless.
sold

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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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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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.
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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.
Sold


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.
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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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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. 

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.