techniques do you use?
All my work is reverse decoupage on glass. Once I've created a collage
design, I affix it to the back of clear glass. I have created my own special
glue. It is quick-drying and invisible, which is important with decoupage
on glass work. Next I paint and seal the design with many layers of polyurethane.
All my dinner pieces can be used, but they must be hand washed; they can't
go in the dishwasher or microwave.
creates one-of-a-kind dinnerware using reverse decoupage on glass. She has over
200 patterns, which are sold in stores throughout the country. Aside from her
own designs, she creates custom-ordered pieces using photos and invitations.
She also makes a line of paperweights, candleholders and coasters. She has owned
her Manhattan-based company, Mary Nell's, for the past five years.
What inspires you?
I love making floral collages. I'm a city girl who never had a garden.
Each time I create a plate bursting with clusters of flowers, in my own
way, I feel I'm gardening. I love old photographs, so when I create using
a client's photos, I almost feel I've become part of their family. I love
designing, so when I discover a new paper, a new paint or a new image
to incorporate into one of my plates, I feel like a kid with a new toy.
do your ideas come from?
Before I started this business I was a children's book author. I wrote
30 novels for children and whenever I did book talks throughout the country,
the children would ask me this same question. My response then and now
is from everywhere and everything. Looking at a painting,
seeing a lovely piece of fabric, browsing through an old book--all these
can inspire a new collage design, Sometimes I'll want to create some wild
animal themes, at other times I feel in a Victorian mood, while at other
times I may want to create a whole series of designs, surrounding a theme,
such as childhood or tea.
people to your work?
I believe it's my sense of style, color, and subject matter. Many customers
have also told me it makes them smile or touches them deeply, especially
my photo collage plates. In general, I think most of my work conveys the
fact that I enjoy doing it. I'd like everyone who buys my work to realize
the joy and pleasure that I've had creating it.