Altered Art Shrine

Altered Art Tin Pocket Shrine

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This is a vintage, English cigarette tin that has been made into a portable, pocket shrine. The highlight of the piece is a young girl at her first communion. She is from a French photograph circa 1900s and has been set in front of a fragment of a handwritten, French letter from 1848. To her left is a vintage textile. The edges are hand embroidered and it has a felt heart with more simple embroidery and the words “Arréte de Cour de Jésus est avec moi !” lightly stamped. The front has been hand-distressed and embellished with a vintage, French communion card framed with French, mother-of-pearl buttons. All ephemera is authentic and NOT reproduction.

It measures 3″ x 4 1/4 x 1″ (8cm x 10 1/2 cm x 2 1/2 cm). It is lightweight and can be used as a portable shrine for travel or to simply adorn your place of prayer or meditation.

Cost is £65 plus shipping [read more]

Altered Altoid Tin

This altered Altoid Tin features a beautiful belle (with a mighty fetching hat). She is an original, clipped from a carte de visite circa 1880s. I have added some wings and she is offset in the middle of this drawer for a 3-d effect. On the other side are images of bird’s nest and egg over an original, handwritten document from 1902. The front has been distressed with wood glue and blow torch, and I have embellished with another bird’s egg on tea bag. It measures 6cm x 10cm when closed.

Cost is £25 or $35 usd. Shipping is £3 ($4.00) [read more]

Altered Art Portable Shrine

For centuries, pilgrims from different religions have carried tiny shrines with them to aid them in their meditation. This piece is not only an homage to these talismans but is also a one-of-a-kind of mixed-media, altered art. The handmade assemblage is contained in a vintage, Players Cut cigarette tin. Inside is an effigy of St. Therese on old, wooden game pieces; a vintage wooden thread spindle turned vase holding three, die-cut, altered map butterflies, symbolizing spirit, beauty, and freedom. The butterflies are on individual coils and are three-dimensional, and can be adjusted. As part of a multi-layered collage, there is a fragment of an antique dictionary (1887) with the definition of “Hope” and a reproduction, celestial map.

In the other niche is an antique, cigarette lighter case, mounted on scraps of handmade mulberry paper and eco-print. This case opens to receive your handwritten prayer, intention, meditation, inspirational quote, tiny photo, dried flower, or other memento to help in your personal reflections. You can either write on the small scroll seen here, or add something of your own.

The front of the shrine, somewhat distressed by the years, now also has a decoupaged butterfly and birds’ eggs.

Closed, the shrine measures 14 1/2 x [read more]