F. is the outcome of the successful collaboration between France
and America represented by the husband and wife partnership of
Ann and Willy Francois. In 1982 Ann and Willy met under the wide
and brilliant sky of New Mexico. From that time till the present,
Mr. and Mrs. Francois have joined their sense of style, grace
and beauty to produce artworks of decoupage.
have become known for a classical historical style and superb
craftsmanship offering a myriad of items, each available in a
range of patterns that change seasonally. Their studio features
exquisite decoupage artworks including desk,
vanity and table accessories constructed with bevel and antique
glass and copper beading. Corporate clients can order custom
pieces using logos or images from their own archives or consult
with Ann and Willy to create a unique gift.
Francois, born in a small town in the French province of Normandy,
has been glueing, tacking, cutting or hammering things together
for some 25 years with the diligence of the medieval craftsman
whose skills are still evident in the French countryside. He
holds a diploma from the renowned Parisian art school, Ecole
Boulle. Boulle, the master furniture maker, created the school
as a place of study for all the arts while emphasizing home decor.
says, "It is part of the culture of France to make beautiful
things, either to wear or adorn the environments in which people
eat, drink, sleep, walk or play. In France, beautiful things
are taken very seriously!"
Sheps Francois finished her master studies at Rutgers University
in New Jersey concentrating on photography and its relevance
to art therapy. For Ann and her husband, their work is as much
about their lives as it is about what they do. "We are inspired
by the beauty of heart, mind and nature as well as what simply
pleases the eye. We try to reflect that in every piece we create."
Their technique involves a lengthy process of design, cutting, application and finishing. All work is done by hand in their mountaintop studio, and in the studios of the local artisans they have assembled. Much concern and attention is given to every detail…making each piece a uniquely crafted artwork.
The glass can be cleaned with a soft cloth using water or glass
cleaner. The copper leaded patined edges can be polished from
time to time with a gentle cleaner or left to darken with age.
Do NOT submerge in water or place in dishwaster: however, the
pieces will withstand regular washing. Lenghthy exposure to direct
sunlight over time may cause fading.