collecting data:

for the love of words and pictures and true stories

My family's memorabilia comprise not only letters, photos, and documents, but also a trove of facts and artifacts found deep in the archival crevices of collecting data.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, so might a thousand pictures tell a true story. Like reading between the lines.

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The artifacts I have collected include printed articles and press clippings, catalogues and inventories, pamphlets and show programs, diplomas and transcripts. Plus, facts gleaned from minutes, newsletters, documents, shipping logs, census data, obituaries, war records, year books, and report cards. As well as stories culled from interviews and anecdotes.

"How fiercely they competed against each other and, at the finish line, how joyfully they were the closest of brothers." [Richard Horner, schoolmate]


I plan to create several booklets over the years ahead. Here is my first offering, which draws on data, stories, and memories :

  • The Boys: Peter and Paul Martineau. Self-published. 2021. Recalling and showcasing the antics and achievements of my deceased twin brothers while they were growing up. Click on the link to view the flipbook version:
    Booklet: The Boys

Future booklet topics include:

  • magic: stage, sleight-of-hand, comedic pantomime

  • music: classical piano, public recitals, competitions

  • commercial art, special effects, pen & ink calligraphy

  • stunning fibre collections

  • astonishing found-object assemblages

  • love letters home during WWII

  • life in the Canadian Army's WWII Entertainment Corp

  • the role of alchemy in art and design

  • and anecdotes galore

Fractal art digitally created, collaged, and coloured; applied to kimono styles for digital dye-printing on silk satins and broadcloths. [Sheila Martineau Designs]


While many images and stories will be captured in booklets, some collections will also be showcased in photo galleries:

  • decorated envelopes with 'Love Letters Home' from WWII

  • a selection of hand-printed and illustrated pages from the three-volume Rice's Encyclopedia of Silk Magic, published in the USA by Silk King Studios (1948, 1953, 1962).

  • hand-lettered and illustrated booklet covers

  • needlecraft works & quilting designs

  • fabric art and fashion design (example above)

  • my mother's, grandmother's, and great-grandmother's newspaper clippings – from gold-medal piano recitals to award-winning jam recipes

  • paintings, drawings, sketches, caricatures, special effects

Note: Until I've created online photo galleries, below are a few carousels to scroll.


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