October 24, 2016

John Derian

Cut and Paste

A decorative artist who lives in New York City, John Derian is America’s leading practitioner of decoupage, the art of cutting and pasting paper images which has its roots in the ancient tomb art of Siberia and became a fashionable pursuit across Europe in the 18th century.

»I always made and collected things. I painted furniture and made collages, then one day things fused together and I was making the images behind the glass plates. They had painted borders and a central image that was of nature. That was the first time I made something that I could actually repeat; until that point I’d only made one-of-a- kind things. It was nicer to make something where I could create a little business, and in ‘89 I started doing that.«

With a small atelier of artists, the designer creates color reprints of 18th- and 19th-century images from his vast personal archive and pieces them together under glass, often in combination with reproductions of antique calligraphy. The result is a growing product line including plates, vases, trays, paperweights, cachepots, wall hang- ings, desk accessories, and more. »I’m passionate about anything created by hand and in sharing those with people who are captivated by artisans and their work. 
His plates, bowls, and paperweights are each created by hand in his New York studio using John’s collection of antique and vintage prints.« In 2011 John teamed up with French company Astier de Villatte to add his iconic imagery to their classic white tableware. John’s distinct images and patterns beautifully complement the ceramics, which are handmade in Paris of glazed terracotta. John develops two collections per year for Astier de Villatte, and the increasingly popular line of saucers, plates, platters, mugs and vases retails globally.

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