What do Marie Antoinette and Picasso have in common? Decoupage. Originating from the icy tundras of Siberia, the collage-based art form became a hit with the European elite in the seventeenth century, and still boasts legions of artists and collectors to this day. One such artist is Chicago’s Victoria Fischetti.
A graduate of New York’s Parsons the New School for Design and Cooper Union, Fischetti has spent over thirty years working as an art director and graphic designer, lending her vision to editorial spreads, advertising projects and everything in between. In decoupage, Fischetti found the ideal medium to express her love of classical prints and nature, and today her delicate handmade pieces are treasured the world over. Here, a closer look at her process and her exquisite creations.
First, a glass object is chosen. From simple dishes to vases and paperweights, Fischetti works with them all. Next, she selects the images and motifs to apply to the piece. Carefully cut for a perfect finish, each bird and flower is glued to the glass.
One the main motif has been created, Fischetti fills in the background with layers of paper or light sponge painting. The final touch? A rim of gold leaf to seal the borders.
At least ten thick coats of varnish follow before the piece is signed, stamped and shipped out.
Made by hand one at a time, Fischetti’s pieces are safe for use with food and candles. (With the proper care, of course: Hand wash only, no dishwasher or microwave or submerging in water.) But with pieces so pretty, you just might want to put them on display, treating them as the true works of art that they are.