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by Diane Gallant of Diane's Table Décor
21 March 2011
Diane Gallant makes use of découpage techniques to decorate her elegant range of tableware.
On Monday, 21 March, Diane will be demonstrating the découpage process that she uses, and will also have her range of products on display.
Diane Gallant has had a long association with fabric even though its role in her life has changed significantly. During a successful career in the rag trade in Cape Town, Diane had risen to a position where she was managing machinists in a factory environment. Then, suddenly, she found herself becoming just one more victim of the local trade's decline as cheaper imports nudged SA businesses out of the market.
But being idle did not suit Diane and It was not long before she decided she needed to keep herself busy. At that time, there was a need in her Church for the raining of funds for the Senior Club; funds that could be used to organise tours and excursions for the senior members.
Diane realised she could help and fabrics regained their importance in her life. However, this time she decided to not just use here machining skills, but also wanted to include a decorating aspect. She chose to learn the craft of découpage so that she could decorating the fabric items she makes.
Her work was so well received that she was able to make significant contributions to the Senior's Club. But she also realised she has found a new career as a crafter. She therefore worked on developing a range of tableware with elegant designs in a few styles, and entered the crafting arena.
Now she has a successful crafting trade but never forgets the Senior Club that was the original motivator, and still contributes to their fund.
Visitors to the next Country Craft Market on 21 March will have an opportunity to see Diane at work and purchase her wares that make good gifts for self or others.
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