Shelby Walsh Globe& Mail

By: Jaime Neely - May 29, 2014
References: theglobeandmail
Trend Hunter's President Shelby Walsh recently interviewed artist Jacqueline Poirier who hand paints charger plates that are used to customize parties, weddings and other festive events. Based in Toronto's Mirvish Village working alongside one other person, Poirier also serves as the Ritz-Carlton’s resident artist hand-painting dishes for the hotel's restaurant.

In the interview, Poirier offers her design philosophy as well as advice for other small business owners in her field. She stresses the importance of loving what you create and being proud of it. Motivated by making people smile and creating whimsical art, she is continuously looking for ways to enhance her work.

Poirier encourages other artists to recognize the value in networking. Believing in one's work and proudly sharing it with others is half the battle.

Artist's one-of-a-kind charger plates spark conversation at the dinner table.

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"By painting on plates, I am using a different medium to display my art. The plates are displayed on dinner tables so when guests arrive at the restaurant expecting a 'food and wine' experience, they're often pleasantly surprised. The plates can be customized and personalized, and allow individuals to build their art collection through functional pieces. At $100 per plate, the price is appealing to all."

Read the full article at The Globe and Mail.