Dishing up Canvas – Little Owl Designs

06 Jun

Portrait in blue

When finding material for my blog it is amazing what you stumble on, through my search for talent to star in my “Plate Up” post last week I happened upon the folk from Little Owl, who have also collaborated with Leslie Oschmann who I posted on yesterday.

Little Owl is the creation of the creative forces of Bruce Wayland and Marcello De Simone.  As with Leslie they have a common love for the flea markets which they have intertwined with their backgrounds in Art History, Fine Art, and a little culinary je ne sais quoi. The result is something unique which gives a new lease of life to something you may well find at the back of a kitchen cupboard or the garden shed…..

Altered Perspectives

It is with this recipe of influence, and possibly through inspiration of their collaborative work with Leslie they have put together “Altered Perspectives” which uses old china and oil canvases to produce a picture of a different form.  With many of the March 2012 range already being sold out, it is obviously a popular one off piece to dish up on your wall…. Here is a little taste.



la Serenata

La Serenata

Three Masted Ship

Three Masted Ship



Fauve Chinoise

Fauve Chinoise

“Many designers currently regard finished consumer goods as raw material from which to create new and exciting objects.

Little Owl has taken two usually separate objects [Paintings & Blue and White Transferware] each containing scenes, or ‘perspectives’,

and through artful alteration produced unexpected new images from the combination of both.

The juxtaposition results in something that becomes a conversation piece as the canvas of the painting merges with the printed images of the plates.

A landscape painted in the Netherlands blends into an English country scene on the plate, and in the process a new image is made through the merging of both.

The roughness of canvas from the paintings and the smooth gloss of the plates makes for an appealing contrast of surfaces.

 As each set in the Altered Perspectives series is made from different paintings, and plates made by various producers of European tableware, each finished set is unique.”

Birch in the mustard field

Birch in the Mustard Field

Such a fun way to make a feature….. On with the colourful journey….


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8 responses to “Dishing up Canvas – Little Owl Designs

  1. This Sydney Life

    June 6, 2012 at 8:12 am

    I. Just. Love. Little. Owl.

    How clever. 🙂

  2. EverydaySparks

    June 6, 2012 at 9:28 am

    I’ll be honest, BCD – I’m not really a plate person, so wasn’t expecting to like these. But you’re my blog buddy, so I kept reading. And I’m glad I did – they are fantastic! I love La Serenata and that Three Masted Ship. Especially that Three Masted Ship. I keep looking at it and noticing different things, it’s brilliant. You & Little Owl Designs may have just converted me to a plate person! 🙂

    • birdcagedesign

      June 6, 2012 at 7:02 pm

      Ah blog buddy! They are such a cool idea I think they are hard to resist, a little bit of something for everyone! 🙂

  3. narhvalur

    June 8, 2012 at 4:03 am

    I have found quality plates at the Red Cross boutique, can do copycat;)!

    Very nice!

    • birdcagedesign

      June 8, 2012 at 4:05 am

      Would be great to see what you come up with:-)

  4. twoblackdoggies

    July 4, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Great find, these are awesome!

    • birdcagedesign

      July 4, 2012 at 8:40 pm

      They are really cool aren’t they, such a simple idea! 🙂


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