Guild Artists (page 3)

Schonken Petro

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Schonken Petro

South Africa

 

 

I was introduced to Découpage by a friend in 1980. At the time I was really not impressed with the craft. I had a lot of time on my hands and decided to take a beginners course, needless to say I was hooked. I took more courses locally and I started teaching and joined the American Guild of Découpeurs. I am a founder member of the Chapter of the American Guild of Découpeurs which was formed in Durban in 1982. I went to several American Conventions and was taught all the découpage techniques by the top American teachers. I did my judges training in the American Judging rooms and qualified as an International Judge.
Teaching is my primary objective, with quality and good workmanship top of the list. I advise anyone interested in découpage to get proper tuition, where possible, to help you to understand the technique you want to master. I am still teaching all découpage techniques from my home studio. I cannot imagine my life without découpage. I made many dear friends through découpage. It helped me through tough times and gave me much joy while designing and creating many beautiful pieces.
When the South African Guild of Découpeurs was formed in 2001 I was appointed Judging Chairman. After all these years I still find new ways to use all the techniques and it still gives me a lot of pleasure and satisfaction. I am also a keen Egg Artist and offer courses in Egg Art whenever time allows.

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Segersten Åsa

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Segersten Åsa

Sweden

 

 

My name is Åsa Segersten. I’m a “paperholic” and decoupage addict. I live in a house built 1950, located in a small village 20 km from Linköping, Sweden, with my “better half” Jonas. In the summer of 2011 I discovered découpage, and my life changed forever. I have never been involved in anything arts/crafts related before, but got hooked instantly and irreversible.

The first time I ever saw “the real deal” découpage was when stumbling across DAW’s web site sometime around February/ March 2012. The amazingly beautiful and perfectly finished works of art displayed there took my breath away. I decided to join, hoping that the membership might perhaps give me some opportunities to learn about découpage. That is probably the best decision I have ever made! I have not only learnt a lot already, DAW has also given me very dear friends who I value more than I can express.

I spend all my spare time working with this exciting hobby, trying to learn to do classic decoupage with really good finish. But I also still love to experiment and play with different textures, materials and ideas. As a beginner in the world of arts and crafts I constantly find out about wonderful “toys” I couldn’t even dream existed before– products, materials, techniques – and it makes me feel like a little kid in a big sweet shop: I WANT TO TRY ALL OF IT!!!!

 

Snyder Karen

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Snyder Karen

USA

 

 

I can’t remember a time when I haven’t been interested in some form of art. My deep love of nature, developed during my childhood on a west Texas ranch, has inspired most of my work. As a teenager, I won several awards for my paintings, and I had two drawings published in national magazines, all featuring animals and landscapes.

During my career as an accountant, I turned to découpage as a form of weekend relaxation. About 25 years ago I stumbled across a magazine article that featured instructions for découpage under glass. It looked so simple that I jumped in and created a pile of plates within a few days. Little did I know that I was igniting a passion that has fueled my creativity ever since. Unfortunately, this form of découpage wasn’t quite as simple as it looked, and I continue to experiment and hone my skills in the endless pursuit of the “perfect” glass piece. If I ever develop a method that eliminates bubbles and shiny places 100 percent of the time, I’ll feel as if I’ve made a significant contribution to the découpage community! I also enjoy découpage under varnish, but under-glass projects will always be my favorite artistic pastime.

Except for occasionally exhibiting my work in art and craft shows and receiving plate commissions through word of mouth, I’ve never established a business. The pile of plates in my closet continues to grow taller and taller simply because I love to make them. After reading New Découpage by Durwin Rice, I attended several of his workshops, which were tremendously helpful in expanding my skills. I’ve also received recognition for my work in several découpage competitions.

In 2007 I married an old friend from the same small west Texas town where I attended school, and I retired from the corporate world a year later. We now travel extensively, and the rest of the time I lead a fulfilling creative life in a small suburb of Dallas. Designing, cutting and gluing découpage pieces and taking care of our two dogs all add up to my idea of a perfect day.

 

Toole M.J.

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Toole M.J.

USA

 

I have been a member of the Ohio Valley Chapter of the Natioinal Guild of Decoupeurs (now called Decoupage Artists Worldwide) since 1986. I had started creating decoupage pieces in the early 70′s but only heard about the Guild in the mid 1980′s. It is very interesting how I discovered decoupage. I was playing bridge at a friend’s home and saw a beautiful picture on the wall. I asked about it and she told me that her daughter had made it. She was a student at Ohio State University and learned decoupage there. I was immediately interested in learning. I had been a musician all of my life and never dreamed of being an artist. I saw an article in our local paper about a class in decoupage and that was the beginning of my career.

I was Secretary, Vice-President and President of the National Guild of Decoupeurs. I held that office two times. It was so rewarding to be in contact with all of the members from around the world. I helped chair a Convention in Columbus, Ohio with Lois Jenkins, and then I had a Convention in Wooster, Ohio in the early 2000′s. Decoupeurs came from all over the world.

I am a Master Decoupeur in the Guild. I came up through the steps of Apprentice, Layman, Journeyman and Master. It took me 15 years to achieve this status. I have made many pieces of decoupage including a desk, several tables, a screen, a sewing cabinet and many pictures and pieces of glassware. I made two DVD’s for the Guild…..one on Decoupage Under Varnish and one on Decoupage Under Glass. They are available through the website.

Decoupage is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. I LOVE DECOUPAGE!!!

 

Varis Fiona

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Varis Fiona

Greece

 

 

My name is Fiona and I’m from London, England but I have been living in Athens, Greece for the past 25 years. I’m new to the magical world of découpage, having only practiced for 1-1/2 yrs. I discovered decoupage when taking a short course in gilding. The school also offered a short course in basic decoupage, which I thought looked like a lot of fun. I enrolled and haven’t looked back since-decoupage has become my passion! I have started a website where I showcase my work. My dream is to create art objects using collage and sell them through a gallery-hence my mannequins! I’m thrilled to be a member of DAW and I’m looking forward to being in contact with people who are masters of this beautiful art.

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