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I am intensely drawn to the hunt for those rusty, forgotten treasures of old. These are treasures that speak of a different time and place when things were well made and durable too, because each piece had a definite purpose to fulfill. Then...one day, their purpose waned because something bigger, better, brighter or more beautiful came along. And as the clock ticked the minutes away these treasures gathered dust. As the clock tocked the hours away these treasures were discarded. As the clock chimed the days away these treasures were forgotten.

Ah....but their stories...their stories...they live on...

Above all, I fancy myself a storyteller. As an artist, I use my imagination to create stories. These stories appear in my art dolls (www.amesdouces.com), my paintings, collages and all the other forms of art I enjoy creating…

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  • Born on July 22
  • Joined December 21, 2010

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I am intensely drawn to the hunt for those rusty, forgotten treasures of old. These are treasures that speak of a different time and place when things were well made and durable too, because each piece had a definite purpose to fulfill. Then...one day, their purpose waned because something bigger, better, brighter or more beautiful came along. And as the clock ticked the minutes away these treasures gathered dust. As the clock tocked the hours away these treasures were discarded. As the clock chimed the days away these treasures were forgotten.

Ah....but their stories...their stories...they live on...

Above all, I fancy myself a storyteller. As an artist, I use my imagination to create stories. These stories appear in my art dolls (www.amesdouces.com), my paintings, collages and all the other forms of art I enjoy creating.

Many of my stories evolve from my love of collecting old forgotten treasures. Truth be told, I don't think I am necessarily attracted to the collecting of the treasures themselves. Rather, I am drawn to collecting the stories of these items.

The most obvious example is that antique cabinet card in the frame on my desk. I find myself making up stories about the little boy staring back at me. Was Jack a happy kid? Did he love playing with marbles? Did he become a lawyer (he looks so serious), or a locomotive engineer or a clown? Did he fall in love with Julia or was his an unrequited love? What about that antique fountain pen I am holding? Who held it last before my hands did? Was it a doctor writing prescriptions for Mrs. Langston? Or a young writer penning his first novel? Or a soldier writing home?

Every treasure has a story that is indelibly etched into its life. Many people might deem that these items have no life left. After all, these treasures may no longer work as they were originally intended. They may be scratched, bent, rusted, cracked, torn and frayed. But I believe they still have a story to tell. I search for that story and then pass it on to you...

Simon et Cie grows from this love of storytelling. Simon is the name of my ancestors whose stories are both known and unknown. Those I know, I keep with me. Those I don't know, I yearn for and seek to learn.

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