Rising artisan Lou Rota has swapped a career in television production for bringing a modern touch to the fine art of Victorian découpage. She salvages everything from tables and chairs to plates and applies a witty melange of insects, butterflies, flowers and newspaper print to bring old pieces back to life. Liberty of London and Caravan were quick to snap up these quirky, individual pieces when Rota first launched less than two years’ ago. New for 2007 is a range of vintage and salvaged plates, hand-customised and ‘fired’ in a domestic oven, perfect for lending afternoon tea a quirky twist. Chairs and mirrors from £150, tables form £400, plates from £20. For more information, lourota.com.

    What is Decoupage anyway?

    Decoupage is the art of cutting and pasting cutouts to simulate painting on a wood, metal, or glass surface. There are many variations in technique, but the four basic steps of decoupage generally are cutting out the pictures, arranging them to depict a scene or tell a story, pasting them on a surface, and applying several thin coats of varnish.

April 29th, 2009

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