New Assemblage Series: Then & Now


I recently created a two-part assemblage series, and thought I’d share it with you.  These pieces are particularly significant to me for a few reasons.  One: they’re more personal than my previous assemblages. Two: measuring 12″ x 15″, they’re the largest assemblages I’ve made thus far and incorporated heavier objects.  I even used epoxy for the first time, so now I feel all official.  :]
I really enjoyed creating this series, and look forward to creating many more assemblages in the future. This mental shift towards more significant assemblage work is evident when I shop at thrift stores, estate sales, and antique stores – I’m now looking out for more dimensional pieces than ever before!
Rather than take you through the assembly of these two pieces step-by-step, I’ll give you some of the highlights :
THEN – first in the series
This assemblage includes the following items: a vintage photo of a young girl, a traditional wooden ruler, a square wooden ruler, a doily, a pair of scissors, a heart-shaped tart tin, vintage graph paper, red fibers, 3 large beads, 2 vintage rhinestones, gold joss paper, and a small silver frame.
The picture above was taken with the glass lid up, to reduce glare.  The image below shows the lid down…
NOW – second in the series
This assemblage includes the following items: a vintage photo of a woman, a small glass container, a vintage bunny figurine, a small doily, three vintage pen nibs, a nasturtium seed packet, a projector light bulb, lace, ribbon, a vintage measuring spoon, a vintage book, a paintbrush, a foreign postage stamp, a clear lens, and a piece of vintage cloth measuring tape.
Again, the picture above was taken with the glass lid up.  The image below shows the lid down…
  • Both assemblages made use of pre-made wooden boxes with glass tops.  The boxes were purchased at Michaels, and the wood was left its natural color but was sealed with a clear varnish.
  • The inside of each box was collaged with vintage sewing patterns before the other elements were added.
  • Though each assemblage stands on its own the two were meant to work together, so some elements are used in both pieces – like photos, doilies, measuring elements (ruler and tape), the deep red color, and metallics.
I hope you enjoyed this peek at my newest assemblages.  What do you think?  Please post a comment with any questions or feedback.
Warm regards,


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  1. Posted March 14, 2013 at 8:50 am by oksana | Permalink

    You’re so creative, Melody. Great idea! Love how it turned out.

  2. Posted March 14, 2013 at 12:33 pm by Jo Murray | Permalink

    Hmmmmmm. Beautiful child and young lady. I wonder who it is? Lovely work Melody.

  3. Posted March 14, 2013 at 11:02 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Thank you – I’m glad you like them! I enjoyed the process.

  4. Posted March 14, 2013 at 11:05 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Thank you! I’d had the photo of the woman for a while, and just bought the picture of the young girl recently. Was glad to put the images to use. 🙂