How would you describe your style?
I love the idea of taking a traditionally formal piece and bringing some humor to it. It is really about revitalizing these beautiful vintage plates, altering them to be a bit more fun and contemporary.
What inspires you?
The juxtaposition of highbrow classicism with a sense of humor is the greatest influence in my work. I am definitely inspired by pop culture, anthropomorphism and classic antiques.
What is your creative process like?
Chaotic and Messy
Where do you source your plates from?
Sourcing the vintage and antique plates is really fun. I get to shop antique stores, thrift stores, estate sales etc. Each plate is then designed to match one of my mixed media portraits or pop culture portraits
What does a plate have to have in order to be used by you?
Most of these vintage and antique plates are truly amazing. They have been hand painted, hand embellished with gold gilded, they may have enamel details or hand moulded. This type of craftsmanship is rare today and nearly extinct in the plate making world.
his idea of the Altered Antique Plates started because my mom was an avid antique collector and dealer. When she retired she began getting rid of lots of stuff, in that "stuff" was many old plates. Some of which were old portrait plates with demure ladies posed in proper positions and big fluffy dresses. They were all beautiful with hand painted details, gold accents, and delicate porcelain but in reality they did not exactly match my modern, urban style. So, were they useless? No, I must make them cool again.... atlas the idea began.
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