Tag Archives: ephemera

Merchant of ephemera in Mile End

Meet Billy, mixed media artist, roamer and proprietor of my fave ephemera shop @monastiraki in #Montréal where i purchased expired passports, vintage hotel stationary, 4-language election leaflets, handmade chapbooks and myriad other oddities – much is now transformed into new stories. PS i need a stationery restock!

Quarry Sighted: Continued exploits and dispatches from one Thor Aronson

Thor Aronson, Istanbul
Thor Aronson, Istanbul

 ++ Continued Exploits and Dispatches from one Thor Aronson ++

Over a week now in Istanbul, just waiting for evidence his quarry was here, or had stopped through at least. But, not a lead until a well-bribed cleaner a 4th floor walk-up hotel sent word (through contacts at the port) of a passport matching his vague description.

“A Canadian?” thought Thor, “they’re not even their own damn country! Just another dominion of the damn British!”

A closer look revealed his Greek heritage which indicated he had at least two passports to travel under. The stamp s showed a circuratous route through various Mediterranean, Levant and Baltic enclaves.

Thor Aronson - "Gus Lester" passport
“Gus Lester” passport (Canadian)
Yet “Gus” is no TE Lawrence or even Wilfred Thesinger, no way he could be rambling through these remote places without assistance from a fluent Arabic speaker, various fixers and sea captains. But still, Thor was at least a step behind… if not more.
With myriad ships going in and out of the gateway to Europe and Asia, he could be just about anywhere, but most definitely he was at sea as the rail lines were still rebuilding from frequent bombings, likely effectuated by those nefarious Brits.
No matter, after contacting an inside source at the Canadian Consulate (of course sequestered down a hallway at the UK embassy) Thor knew the passport was a fake, and even the name might not be accurate, but… The face was definitely the mug he was after.
Thor sat down stone steps between the grand souk and the blue mosque, lit a cigar and waited for another smoke signal. If he was careless to leave the passport behind in the hotel safe, no doubt something else would emerge. The bribes were paid, the photo circulated and soon Gus would tip another card. Inhaling deeply, Thor mattered, “fucking Canadians, when will they get it together and become their own country?”

Fresh Postcards from Moo with Paintings and Collages

I enjoy ordering from moo.com for mini “friendship” cards and luxurious postcards. The paintings turn out great and the “static montage” collages are sharp as well. Do you wanna Moo? I can help you and you can get $15 off your first order.

Meeting Authour Nick Bantock (of Griffin and Sabine fame)

Who said you should never meet your heroes?

Not too many mixed media masters creating ephemera-laden epistolary literature weaving intriguing mysterious relationships, international intrigue, and postcards. That gets a smile out of this lad – still with a heavy heart. I took my mom’s copy of his book “Griffin and Sabine” and he provided a most wonderful signature with stamps of various kinds. . . . . #Writer #Art #Culture #Mentor #Hero #UncleWeed #NickBantock #Victoria #MixedMedia #Creative #Ephemera #Creativity #Artist #Beards #Glasses #Victoria

Collection: Assembled binders, journals, notebooks etc.

Assembled stacks of journals, notebooks, binders and so on, documented before stashing in suitcases and putting in a storage locker to be explored another time.

Collection: Scrapbooks, Journals and Notebooks (view 1)
Collection: Scrapbooks, Journals and Notebooks (view 1)
Collection: Details of items stored in binders, e.g.: personal ephemera, i.e. certificates, awards, news clippings, misc artifacts
Collection: Details of items stored in binders, e.g.: personal ephemera, i.e. certificates, awards, news clippings, misc artifacts

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Scrapjournal: “lost west coast” / medical notes, mantras, survival tips, ephemera

Compiled during a lost period, the memories of which are as foggy and blurry as the snaps as i wandered places as cursively sloppy as the scribbles within. Remnants of medical appointments, medications schedules, mail ordered items, lists, journals, poetry, dreams, nightmares and talismans of hoping for peace and healing or just rest or maybe contentment. 

The book itself is my “usual style” of a board game backer board, calendar paper front cover (Audrey Hepburn obv) and a variety of heavy stock sewn within using a Japanese sidebinding style. 

Also coasters, cards, travel/ticket stubs and oddments to help retrace steps like paper breadcrumbs. Seems a wander from Washington to Oregon to Pacifica (CA) with sojourns to Logan (UT) and Austin (TX). I recall fleeting snippets and folks whom i am grateful to. 

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Post’d: postcard stack for Nepal supporters

postcard still-life: assorted handmade for Nepal stack
Assorted postcards – some handmade, some printed from my art by moo.com, some purchased from other artists,… all assembled to send to folks who did something to support Nepal in post-earthquake situation as part of a little campaign I put together

Hemingway Ephemera (source apparently forgotten)



Ephemera from Hemingway

Metsker Maps of Seattle: Maps of All Kinds, Globes, USGS Maps, Travel Guides, Charts

Metsker Maps of Seattle: Maps of All Kinds, Globes, USGS Maps, Travel Guides, Charts

ephemeral items tell our stories…

Minimalism be damned(ish)! Ditch the replaceable crap but keep records, letters, photos, certificates, ticket stubs – ephemeral items tell our stories and bring solace in times of turmoil

Logan, UT