Bringing Decoupage Back


New York designer John Derian revived the vintage art of decoupage with his high-end plates and paperweights. Sacramento designer Andy Lowry is doing the same thing—without the high price tag. Under the company name Why Girls Go Astray, Lowry makes decorative decoupage trays that are reminiscent of Derian’s highly coveted work. But unlike his pieces, which retail for hundreds of dollars, hers sell for $15 to $75. 

Lowry scours flea markets, garage sales and auctions for antique prints and lithographs to use in her resin and glass decoupage trays, sticking largely to images from 1860 to 1920. She’s drawn to the rococo, the gothic, occasionally even the grotesque; one tray features an image of a raven eating a worm. The small trays can be used as catchalls for things like keys and jewelry or as decor. They’re sold around the country at stores in San Francisco, Chicago and elsewhere, locally at Relles Florist and through Lowry’s website. (