SHOP :: Glass Paper Scizzors
OWNER + DESIGNER :: Mickey Saverine
MAKER OF :: handmade decoupage plates for all occasions
WHERE IS YOUR STUDIO LOCATED?
My studio is in my home, in Norwalk, CT USA, and I’m lucky enough to border on woodlands. Though I spent many years commuting to Manhattan, living close to nature is my greatest joy.
Norwalk is in Fairfield County CT, a stretch of land that travels from Greenwich to Fairfield. All these towns are on Long Island Sound and have access to lovely beaches which I enjoy all year round. Having grown up spending time on the water it’s in my blood and I couldn’t live very far away from the wet stuff! Call me a Salty Dog!
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN YOUR CRAFT AND WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
I was a creative director in NYC ad agencies for many years so I brought my skills from that career to my plate designs. I love botanical prints and have been collecting them for many years. John Derian’s amazing decoupage was had a huge influence on me – but I wanted to create something a bit different from his designs. So I use a square plate that allows me to incorporate various borders which compliment the antique images – I think this is a unique and contemporary way of approaching decoupage and making it my own. What really makes me happy is color! I’m always looking for new colorways for my plates and spend many hours tweaking images to get the subtle colors just right! I’m inspired by many beautiful beach related images - sea shells, coral, sailboats, and sea birds – as well as all images from nature. I enjoy customizing plates for my clients and frequently frame them to bring them to the next level. I use very architectural frames that bring even more layers of dimension to the many leveled look of a framed decoupage plate.
WHAT ARE THE TOP 3 TOOLS THAT ARE MOST IMPORTANT IN YOUR CRAFT ?
My hands are my tools – creating decoupage is as much a sensory skill as a visual one. Each plate is a new challenge. I use my fingers as much as my eyes to feel if something is positioned properly!
My computer. I create all my designs digitally. I literally have many thousands of different images and color variations.
Scizzors, Razor Blades and my trusty paper cutter!
WHAT'S A TYPICAL DAY LIKE IN THE STUDIO?
I work alone in my studio. I’m on my feet for hours at a time. Typically, I have a cup of tea within reach which grows cold before I can break away to drink it all as my hands are busy most of the time! I listen to all different kinds of music but it helps when it’s something I can sing to. When I work on my computer I am totally engrossed in my design work and sometimes don’t know when the music has stopped!
WHAT ARE THE GREATEST REWARDS OF CREATING SOMETHING HANDMADE?
Everything I create is brand new. The completion of any piece is enormously satisfying! But most of all – the colors in my plates are very upbeat and my spirit is lifted by them! When I’m doing a show and see my presentation of many plates all together it gives me great joy! I call them my “happy plates” – I think they make others happy too!