Guild Artists (page 2)
I come from Thessaloniki, the co-capital of Greece. Decoupage entered my life when I was searchiang for ways to fill it with more creative moments. One day, just before Christmas, my father asked me to search for materials for his mosaics, in Athens, the city where I live. I found them at a hobby shop, where decoupage courses are provided. I saw a lot of decoupage works in Italy when I was student! I remember that I was admiring them and asking myself “how do they make them?!” After many years my question has been answered, what joy!
In about 1993 I was shopping in the west end of London and ‘window gazing’ in an arcade off Picadilly. I noticed some very attractive pen pots with hunting scenes. I was amazed at the high prices being asked for such items. I decided to have a go at reproducing the pen pots. I made several and some letter racks and covered them with prints. I didn’t know about découpage at that time. As a surprise birthday present, my son enrolled me in The National Guild of Découpeurs based in USA. They informed me that there was a Guild of British Découpeurs. I promptly joined in 1994 and got further involved in this fascinating art becoming President of the Guild from 1997 till 2002.
Whilst I have always enjoyed doing various art related activities. I think découpage was a useful contrast to my career as a London Firefighter and provided an ideal, non stressful alternative. I remember well attending my first GBD. meeting. I took a couple of pieces I had done but left them in my car, not having the confidence that they were good enough to show to others. I have attended five NGD. Conventions in various US. cities and enjoyed not only the many workshops but also the numerous friendships that were forged at these wonderful events. I am privileged to still maintain many of these friendships to this day. The generous sharing of découpage knowledge and techniques by these talented US. découpeurs have enabled me to gain enormous satisfaction from this challenging, fulfilling and enjoyable art form, which still holds as much fascination for me to day as ever it did.
Amongst many memorable occasions that découpage has has provided me with, most notable was being invited by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London to take a ‘Beginners Course’, on behalf of the British Guild, which proved particularly rewarding because as a schoolboy I remember the V & A. as being my favourite of all the London Museums. I have twice been privileged to attend ‘Découpage Italia’s’ annual Convention being invited to both to take workshops and join their judges in accessing work submitted for certification. On both occasions I was very impressed by the quantity and high quality of the découpage I saw and by the friendly and welcoming attitude of the Italian découpeurs.
Over the years I have been very fortunate to have met some wonderful découpage artists from many countries and I continue to keep in touch with many of them and enjoy exchanging views and opinions upon découpage and other associated art forms.
My name is Adele Marano, I live in Calabria, a beautiful land, surrounded by the sea and magnificant mountains. Découpage is for me a passion, rewarding, exciting and relaxing. I particularly love decoupage under glass. One of my other passions is computer graphics; I love Photoshop, magical and surprising with infinite possibilities. A few years ago I took the ECDL certificate (European Computer Driving License). The techniques that I applied to my work are the result of research, study and practice, lots of practice. I started this path a year ago, I learned everything by myself, I’ve never taken courses. I am certainly a beginner with a long way to go. I am fascinated by “traditional découpage” with its wonderful marble effects and the famous “ gloss polishing”.
Patrizia joined our Guild in 2012. She is the Artistic Director in charge of Découpage Italia.
My name is Patrizia Milana, italian, born and grown up in a wonderful land, a warm and hystorical island, Sicily. I was grown up in a family where art was always present. My grandma was a painter and she was my first teacher. Obiously I could not resist this influence.
My main interests are decoration, painting, artistic renovation (especially wood) and then…whatever. In time my passion became my work. I like to deepen and study Art History, my never ending love.
I do découpage since years. Probably when it was still unknown in Italy cause there weren’t magazines or dedicated tools. I attend Découpage Italia, the Italian Guild since 2006 and since April 2012 I took our dear and valued member Rosanna Del Bon’s place (she is mostly a personal dear friend to me) as new Artistic Director.
My inspiration has alwasy been the high skilled découpage of the Masters and to conquer this goal I often attended the Technical Graduation, gaining the 5 red Cockades to become a Master according to the Italian creteria and classification. And this had been one of the great satisfactions of my life.
In my personal revision, Meissen porcelaine style and antique red porphiry.
I collaborate since 2008 with a valued Italian decoupage magazine.
Sixteen years ago I took the plunge and decided to make my hobby my source of income. I opened my home studio and soon built up a group of students. From there I did not look back. I was asked to join the South African Guild of Découpeurs and very soon I was totally involved with a craft that I thought I knew about because I had been doing it for a long while. I soon found out that it is an art form that is extremely interesting with many facets. It takes years of dedication and perseverance to achieve the standard of work acceptable to be called a master. Out of the fifteen projects needed to achieve this status I have successfully completed fourteen. One more and I will join the exclusive group of people who can call themselves Master Craftsman.
My work has been published in craft magazines and other publications. I have written a book on decoupage and am the president of the South African Guild of Découpeurs. I am also currently the Editor of The Dialogue which is the magazine published by the Découpage Artists Worldwide National Guild.
My name is Natalia, I’m from Moscow, Russia. I’m an accountant by training. Now I live in Seatle, Washington. The first time I saw decoupage was on the Internet in December 2009. I read the information, looked at photos and in January 2010 I made my first work, it was a plate with a reverse découpage. I fell in love with découpage! But it was very difficult to learn. The internet helped me.
I found a very good Russian club on the internet: “Découpage Exhibition”. This club was very help¬ful to me, it has good people and a lot of information. Now I’m one of the moderators of this club. My works have often won prizes in competitions and exhibitions on the Internet. I have a dream to see my découpage work on exhibition with masters of découpage!