Audrey Zinman was born, raised and currently resides in New York. She graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in English but her passion was always creating whether it be cooking or interior design or crafts. She never considered herself an artist at all. She stumbled upon a decoupage vase at a flea market and decided she wanted to learn this art form!
After working in a family business, she raised a family and during that time began taking classes in decoupage. She soon discovered decoupage is truly a lost art, and it was not easy to find instruction. She has been studying the art form for 15 years through various workshops and classes and most recently with Luci Solonsky Art Under Glass.
Her work brings her great pleasure as she creates, and she hopes you will enjoy it too.
“The power of images has always intrigued me. As a visual learner and observer, decoupage naturally offered the perfect medium to express myself. I describe my technique as “painting with paper”. I am always hunting for interesting images and papers to incorporate in my work.
I begin with an initial image and create an assemblage of other images which may often be unrelated in subject matter. My intent is to compose a piece with an eye towards color harmony and spatial relationships both in relation to each element and the object itself. The scissor is my paintbrush, and the art of cutting becomes a form of meditation requiring intense focus and precision.
I work with many different surfaces including glass, wood, plastic and metal. Found objects are a favorite as I like to see them reborn and repurposed. Many of my pieces are functional and meant to be used and enjoyed.”
“My process begins with the thrill of the hunt. I am always searching for interesting objects for my creations and have come to learn I can decoupage for most anything – pianos, shells, statues, light fixtures. The list is endless!
Object in hand, my eye is first drawn to its shape and patina. I am particularly captivated by pieces that are worn and weathered with an intent to resurrect and honor them.
The hunt then resumes with the search for paper. I start with one image which may or may not have any particular relationship to the object. I am more concerned with form, color, harmony and enhancing the object’s shape. This initial image then sparks my imagination, and I begin to create an assemblage of cut outs that gradually begin to construct the fantasy within my minds eye. Almost a concerto with paper cut outs! I cut many more images than I will ever use, composing the elements into a unified whole.
The process does not end until I find myself so happy with the piece I do not want to part with it! My works are a fantasy world filled with color and movement, and I dream of jumping into them!”
Member of DAW
Decoupage Artists Worldwide
Découpage Artists Worldwide (DAW) is a growing International Non-Profit Association, tracing its origin back via the National Guild of Découpeurs (NGD), which was founded in the 1970’s in the United States.