TheAssemblagist

Val MacEwan Artist, Assemblagist, Purveyor of Wonder

North Carolina, United States · 12 Sales

TheAssemblagist

Val MacEwan Artist, Assemblagist, Purveyor of Wonder

North Carolina, United States 12 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Announcement   This is the revamp of the original TheAssemblagist store. Same sorts of eclectic what-have-you's but even more because we're bringing in The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, known to those far and wide, as Dead Mule Style. Stay tuned ... it's coming...

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Last updated on Apr 28, 2016

This is the revamp of the original TheAssemblagist store. Same sorts of eclectic what-have-you's but even more because we're bringing in The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, known to those far and wide, as Dead Mule Style. Stay tuned ... it's coming...

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Mini Sculpture and Assemblage Art
US$179.00
Small Altoid Tin Conversions
US$15.99
Mastering the Art of French Cooking Cookbook
US$95.00
Custom Designed Pottery Hand Flower Vase
US$39.99
Vintage glass bead necklace
US$49.99
Assemblage Art Kit Desktop
US$15.00
Vintage Sewing Notions in cigar box
US$22.50
Miriam Haskell vintage glass necklace
US$600.00

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About

Assemblage Artist Creates Tragically Hip Art Pieces for the Every Day Collector

As far back as 1965 in grade school, I began tucking pieces of paper away into books and envelopes. These bits of ephemera blossomed into a rather large collection of magazines, wooden boxes, and photographs. The collection needed a purpose, a reason to exist, so I turned to Art as a means to display its contents.

Friends and family understood my role as archivist. They send me the contents of desk drawers and kitchen "junk" drawers and then stand back and watch as I turn those items into a piece of art.

In the glass curio cabinet, one can see the ribbons won in numerous fine arts shows, the awards for my artwork. And that is how to write a sentence about yourself without referring to yourself.

While my career as a university archivist lasted only a few years -- it helped to jump-start my role as a writer as well as a collector. Perhaps being an information junkie, it is only fitting that my particular brand of art is that of assemblage. Graduate school gave me access to letters written by President Truman, to archival goodness that is all things ephemera and the experience made me want to display the ephemera in my own collection, my personal archives.

Growing up, my parents practically wallpapered our house with books and by the time I was in junior high school, my mom decided she was tired of being at home all day so she started to work in the local high school library. More books, more magazines, more authors entered my life. My parents would excuse me from participating in chores if they found me either reading or creating a piece of art so naturally I turned to those activities as a kid.

Why assemblage? Everywhere I go, I homestead. If not surrounded by personal shrines or detritus, I tend to scrounge out bits and pieces from the area I occupy. This stuff ends up in my house and it needs a purpose. Art.

I suppose the most compelling piece of my personal life puzzle is my love of paper and wood and fabric. I've turned this affection into a lifestyle and as my Mom called it "a going concern" that provides me an income and a means of entertainment.

Love what you do and do what you love. For me, it's writing and it's assemblage art.

I'm sure I'll edit this bit of shop story and create a more compelling read but for now, I can sum up my story thusly:
I collect.
I create.
I conquer massive amounts of cultural detritus by turning it into art.

I could add volumes about my physical limitations, my personal sorrows, and my trials and tribulations but truly, while those are the parts that create the whole, they are not who I am.

Recycle your life and if you can't -- buy recycled bits of the world through my Assemblagist Shop.

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  • Robert

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Assemblage Artist

    I collect and sell. My wife runs the show.

  • Val

    Owner

    A writer, award-winning juried artist, biographer and publisher. Grandmother. Philosopher. Wife. Friend. Organizer. Assemblagist.

Shop policies

Last updated on August 11, 2013
The familiar objects that you held onto but lost long ago. I find and sell what you loved and now miss. Vintage treasures from your childhood. Your Nana's kitchen. Your household junk drawer? A found object you treasured as a child -- long lost but never forgotten. Remember that cigar box filled with marbles and small toys, ticket stubs and whispers of a time before now? Worn down just a bit by love, these treasures are real, not reproductions. I share my childhood and my Mom's with you here at truly reasonable prices. Decorate with items loved and cherished. The comfort of kitsch.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
I accept VISA, PayPal, MoneyOrder. I expect payment within 5 days of purchase. The basic ETSY payment policy is what you can expect from me.
Shipping
I ship within 48 hours unless I notify you of a problem getting to the post office. If you want insurance, let me know and I will gladly add it. I don't charge for handling and I try to keep my shipping charges reasonable and within the confines of normal shipping prices -- I use the USPS and their time frame is my time frame. I prefer to use "if it fits it ships boxes" for my compilation vintage sales.
Refunds and Exchanges
If you are not pleased with your purchase, if I have misrepresented a piece, please contact me and we will negotiate its return to your satisfaction. You have 2 days from receipt of the object to register a complaint -- I feel that is enough time for you to review your purchase. I really try to take photographs of a high quality so that you truly know what you are buying.

You may request tracking.

I expect, as do most etsy shops, that your purchase is considered a "final sale". Many of my items are vintage -- and that means scruffed up and old -- so expect them to be that way when you receive them. While I can indeed put lipstick on a pig (see photo on my website) these objects come from my neighbor's basements and attics, side of the road second hand stores, and dusty old barns. There is no tobacco smoke in my house and no mildew or mold.
Additional policies and FAQs
There are many more items here in The Assemblagist studio and if you have something in mind you'd like -- send me a message and I'll see if I have it somewhere. I also accept consignments and can provide photography and listing expertise. Contact me with any inquiries or questions.