Decorative plate art is a very specific craft and certainly of a specific time period. Can you remember the last time you have noticed a framed plate as decoration in a house outside of your grandmothers? I can’t…but I do have one of those Barack Obama Historic Victory plates hanging in my apartment purely for laughs. This craft has a high kitsch factor now and is waiting to be lampooned in a special way. It’s no surprise that LA native Angela Rossi took that idea and ran with it: her Beat Up Creations see plates gone wild.
Rossi takes old and ornate plates that could be used to eat with and applies often absurdist, funny images to them. She has them to frame portraits of people like Pee Wee and even fuses together animal and human images to create something like the above’s rabbit school portrait. This effect is made through a heat transfer of the image, fusing it to the glass and sealing it so that you can actually eat off the plate. They are entirely functional outside of being plate art but likely would be best as just that: an oddity that you put on your wall.
There are a ton of entries into this plate series, which are certainly a very heightened version of craft, repurposing, and found art. The plates included here are our favorites and would obviously be a dream team of dinnerware. Check out more of her plates here.