Art on a Plate

Funny how we throw around the term “cut and paste” to save time on our laptops, hardly giving a thought to where the term originates. Mary Yanke dusted off the old craft of decoupage and the lusterous objects she creates with it helped us remember. From the French word decouper — to cut out — this art developed long ago as a way to decorate simple furniture or household items with favorite snippets of paper.Mary has long been in love with paper and textile designs. She collects pretty, evocative, almost nostalgic images of birds’ nests, old maps, antique photos, fruit, flowers, old postcards and letters. She then carefully applies them to curved trays, platters, plates and coasters. Each piece is glazed over with the decoupage process and each seems to have a serene, peaceful quality with that patina of old age. We think an arrangement of plates over a buffet or along a chair rail would be quite stunning. Plates and platters come with felt backing and gold trim. Some have an inspiration message, “Kindness begets kindness,” embedded in the design. What a different wedding/anniversary/birthday present! We thank you, Mary, for showing us how beautiful cutting and pasting can be.

MY Design by Mary Yanke

Handcrafted Decoupage Plates

Art on a Plate

Funny how we throw around the term “cut and paste” to save time on our laptops, hardly giving a thought to where the term originates. Mary Yanke dusted off the old craft of decoupage and the lusterous objects she creates with it helped us remember. From the French word decouper — to cut out — this art developed long ago as a way to decorate simple furniture or household items with favorite snippets of paper.Mary has long been in love with paper and textile designs. She collects pretty, evocative, almost nostalgic images of birds’ nests, old maps, antique photos, fruit, flowers, old postcards and letters. She then carefully applies them to curved trays, platters, plates and coasters. Each piece is glazed over with the decoupage process and each seems to have a serene, peaceful quality with that patina of old age. We think an arrangement of plates over a buffet or along a chair rail would be quite stunning. Plates and platters come with felt backing and gold trim. Some have an inspiration message, “Kindness begets kindness,” embedded in the design. What a different wedding/anniversary/birthday present! We thank you, Mary, for showing us how beautiful cutting and pasting can be.

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Mary
    Mary

    Hi, everyone! I'm thrilled that my handcrafted decoupage items are featured here today.

    Ever since I can remember I’ve been drawn to beautiful and graphic images, in art, in papers and in textiles. As a young girl this interest translated into hand poured plaster plaques decoupaged with Holly Hobby wrapping paper cut outs. While my eye may have matured, the basic love of creating and designing was always there.

    MY Design incorporates an appreciation of old things with a past, a love of travel and an interest in history. I was raised on an old dairy farm, built in the 1800s by my ancestors, and it was my world growing up. Old photographs, pieces and parts of paintings, postcards and letters have stories to tell, and I enjoy learning the stories (or creating them if they’ve been lost) as I cut and paste.

    I was afforded the opportunity to travel extensively and to learn from talented art directors and graphic designers during my career in advertising. When I traveled, I collected papers, old paintings and photographs that appear in my work. I also spent time working with talented friends who own a fantastic Asian antique furniture business. I learned to appreciate the simple elegance and thoughtfulness of Asian design through that experience. As a history lover, I’m drawn to antique prints. The antique prints from England, France and Germany that appear in my decoupage were created by explorers, historians and artists who made discoveries that were translated into beautiful works of art.

    I like taking what is old and familiar and making it fresh and bright by combining these old images with strong, graphic patterns in a product that is simply beautiful and eye-catching. I look forward to reading your comments and am happy to answer your questions.

  • Chris
    Chris
    5/27/2009 12:14 PM

    Over the holidays I had asked Mary if she could take the wedding day photos of both my parents and my in-laws and decoupage them on plates as Christmas presents for them. She was very receptive to using the photos. Mary is very creative and has a great eye for design and proportion. She was so easy to work with and the plates were unique and beautiful. They were extremely well received and really made for an extra special gift.

  • Sara
    Sara – Grommet Team
    5/27/2009 1:04 PM

    @Chris - I love the idea of taking photos from your very special day and making them into permanent and beautiful reminders of the day for your parents! You've given me an idea for a gift for my in-laws (who have everything.... but not one of these!!)

  • Karen Gardner
    Karen Gardner
    5/27/2009 1:23 PM

    I have puchased Mary Yanke's plates as gifts for friends. They are incredibly beautiful and thoughtful presents. What makes these purchases all the more special is that Mary is a very kind and warm person herself. It makes a difference when you purchase from an artist who is generous of spirit as well as creativity.

  • Ann
    Ann
    5/27/2009 3:34 PM

    Gorgeous items! I would love to using these as birthday gifts for all the special women in my life.

  • jhb
    jhb
    5/27/2009 4:09 PM

    We have purchased some of Mary's plates as artwork for our walls, and they are gorgeous. Thank you for your beautiful creations! Your work rivals that of California's Annie Modica.

  • SMK
    SMK
    5/27/2009 5:04 PM

    Lovely work. She sees the beauty in things, creating simple elegance - just like Mary who is a thoughtful and talented artist.

  • dem
    dem
    5/27/2009 6:35 PM

    I just love Mary's pieces. I have bought many for myself as well as for gifts. They are beautiful and individual and extremely creative. She is unbelievably talented and I will continue to go to her for a special gift or a special treat for myself.

  • Karen
    Karen
    5/27/2009 6:48 PM

    I lost one of my closest friends in a car accident a few years back and I have always kept her last Mother's Day card to me on my mirror. I think of her everytime I look at it. Now I know what to do with that card! This is such a cool idea and makes me very happy.

  • TMN
    TMN
    5/27/2009 8:48 PM

    Mary's plates are so beautiful. I keep the "Kindness Begets Kindness" plate on my bedside table as a reminder of how to live my day. I love Mary's creativity - she is a very talented artist.

  • Sara
    Sara – Grommet Team
    5/27/2009 9:24 PM

    Mary, you certainly have some devoted admirers of your work! Count all of us here at Daily Grommet in your fan club!! We just love your pieces!

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    5/28/2009 8:01 AM

    @Karen, I am so sorry you lost your friend. Your idea for her last Mother's Day card to you is really special. I am delighted that this idea is giving you joy.

  • Mary
    Mary – Special Guest
    5/28/2009 8:23 AM

    Thank you everyone for the kind comments and ideas. That some of my pieces might be small reminders of the good in life makes me feel great!

  • Elvida
    Elvida
    5/28/2009 11:45 AM

    I've seen a number of pieces of Mary's work and it is beautiful. She also did a picture for me and it hangs in a special place as a wonderful keepsake of my grandchildren!!

  • Kerry
    Kerry
    5/28/2009 11:52 AM

    I loved Mary plates when I saw them, but was looking for something a bit more personalized. Nantucket is a very special place to me and my husband, so Mary found an old map of the island and made a beautiful (old fashion looking) plate that I love and have on display in my dining room for all to see!! I look forward to more creations by Mary!

  • Julia
    Julia
    5/28/2009 8:24 PM

    One of the most commented on pieces in my home is A Nest Plate by Mary.

    I have it sitting out on my reading desk and also use it on my table as a wine coster at dinner parties. I enjoyed seeing new pieces (and film of Mary!) on this website. GR is such a lovely idea!

    I am one of Mary's biggest fans-of both her talent and her character.

  • Gina
    Gina
    11/12/2009 3:14 PM

    Mary--Are they glass, plastic, ceramic, other? They are beautiful!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/12/2009 4:31 PM

    Gina, the designs are decoupaged on glass. Thanks for stopping by!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

MY Design by Mary Yanke

Handcrafted Decoupage Plates

Art on a Plate

Funny how we throw around the term “cut and paste” to save time on our laptops, hardly giving a thought to where the term originates. Mary Yanke dusted off the old craft of decoupage and the lusterous objects she creates with it helped us remember. From the French word decouper — to cut out — this art developed long ago as a way to decorate simple furniture or household items with favorite snippets of paper.Mary has long been in love with paper and textile designs. She collects pretty, evocative, almost nostalgic images of birds’ nests, old maps, antique photos, fruit, flowers, old postcards and letters. She then carefully applies them to curved trays, platters, plates and coasters. Each piece is glazed over with the decoupage process and each seems to have a serene, peaceful quality with that patina of old age.

We think an arrangement of plates over a buffet or along a chair rail would be quite stunning. Plates and platters come with felt backing and gold trim. Some have an inspiration message, “Kindness begets kindness,” embedded in the design. What a different wedding/anniversary/birthday present!

We thank you, Mary, for showing us how beautiful cutting and pasting can be.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Mary
    Mary

    Hi, everyone! I'm thrilled that my handcrafted decoupage items are featured here today.

    Ever since I can remember I’ve been drawn to beautiful and graphic images, in art, in papers and in textiles. As a young girl this interest translated into hand poured plaster plaques decoupaged with Holly Hobby wrapping paper cut outs. While my eye may have matured, the basic love of creating and designing was always there.

    MY Design incorporates an appreciation of old things with a past, a love of travel and an interest in history. I was raised on an old dairy farm, built in the 1800s by my ancestors, and it was my world growing up. Old photographs, pieces and parts of paintings, postcards and letters have stories to tell, and I enjoy learning the stories (or creating them if they’ve been lost) as I cut and paste.

    I was afforded the opportunity to travel extensively and to learn from talented art directors and graphic designers during my career in advertising. When I traveled, I collected papers, old paintings and photographs that appear in my work. I also spent time working with talented friends who own a fantastic Asian antique furniture business. I learned to appreciate the simple elegance and thoughtfulness of Asian design through that experience. As a history lover, I’m drawn to antique prints. The antique prints from England, France and Germany that appear in my decoupage were created by explorers, historians and artists who made discoveries that were translated into beautiful works of art.

    I like taking what is old and familiar and making it fresh and bright by combining these old images with strong, graphic patterns in a product that is simply beautiful and eye-catching. I look forward to reading your comments and am happy to answer your questions.

  • Chris
    Chris
    5/27/2009 12:14 PM

    Over the holidays I had asked Mary if she could take the wedding day photos of both my parents and my in-laws and decoupage them on plates as Christmas presents for them. She was very receptive to using the photos. Mary is very creative and has a great eye for design and proportion. She was so easy to work with and the plates were unique and beautiful. They were extremely well received and really made for an extra special gift.

  • Sara
    Sara – Grommet Team
    5/27/2009 1:04 PM

    @Chris - I love the idea of taking photos from your very special day and making them into permanent and beautiful reminders of the day for your parents! You've given me an idea for a gift for my in-laws (who have everything.... but not one of these!!)

  • Karen Gardner
    Karen Gardner
    5/27/2009 1:23 PM

    I have puchased Mary Yanke's plates as gifts for friends. They are incredibly beautiful and thoughtful presents. What makes these purchases all the more special is that Mary is a very kind and warm person herself. It makes a difference when you purchase from an artist who is generous of spirit as well as creativity.

  • Ann
    Ann
    5/27/2009 3:34 PM

    Gorgeous items! I would love to using these as birthday gifts for all the special women in my life.

  • jhb
    jhb
    5/27/2009 4:09 PM

    We have purchased some of Mary's plates as artwork for our walls, and they are gorgeous. Thank you for your beautiful creations! Your work rivals that of California's Annie Modica.

  • SMK
    SMK
    5/27/2009 5:04 PM

    Lovely work. She sees the beauty in things, creating simple elegance - just like Mary who is a thoughtful and talented artist.

  • dem
    dem
    5/27/2009 6:35 PM

    I just love Mary's pieces. I have bought many for myself as well as for gifts. They are beautiful and individual and extremely creative. She is unbelievably talented and I will continue to go to her for a special gift or a special treat for myself.

  • Karen
    Karen
    5/27/2009 6:48 PM

    I lost one of my closest friends in a car accident a few years back and I have always kept her last Mother's Day card to me on my mirror. I think of her everytime I look at it. Now I know what to do with that card! This is such a cool idea and makes me very happy.

  • TMN
    TMN
    5/27/2009 8:48 PM

    Mary's plates are so beautiful. I keep the "Kindness Begets Kindness" plate on my bedside table as a reminder of how to live my day. I love Mary's creativity - she is a very talented artist.

  • Sara
    Sara – Grommet Team
    5/27/2009 9:24 PM

    Mary, you certainly have some devoted admirers of your work! Count all of us here at Daily Grommet in your fan club!! We just love your pieces!

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    5/28/2009 8:01 AM

    @Karen, I am so sorry you lost your friend. Your idea for her last Mother's Day card to you is really special. I am delighted that this idea is giving you joy.

  • Mary
    Mary – Special Guest
    5/28/2009 8:23 AM

    Thank you everyone for the kind comments and ideas. That some of my pieces might be small reminders of the good in life makes me feel great!

  • Elvida
    Elvida
    5/28/2009 11:45 AM

    I've seen a number of pieces of Mary's work and it is beautiful. She also did a picture for me and it hangs in a special place as a wonderful keepsake of my grandchildren!!

  • Kerry
    Kerry
    5/28/2009 11:52 AM

    I loved Mary plates when I saw them, but was looking for something a bit more personalized. Nantucket is a very special place to me and my husband, so Mary found an old map of the island and made a beautiful (old fashion looking) plate that I love and have on display in my dining room for all to see!! I look forward to more creations by Mary!

  • Julia
    Julia
    5/28/2009 8:24 PM

    One of the most commented on pieces in my home is A Nest Plate by Mary.

    I have it sitting out on my reading desk and also use it on my table as a wine coster at dinner parties. I enjoyed seeing new pieces (and film of Mary!) on this website. GR is such a lovely idea!

    I am one of Mary's biggest fans-of both her talent and her character.

  • Gina
    Gina
    11/12/2009 3:14 PM

    Mary--Are they glass, plastic, ceramic, other? They are beautiful!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/12/2009 4:31 PM

    Gina, the designs are decoupaged on glass. Thanks for stopping by!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.