Art from the heart
Mira Chong is a TO-DO Certified Decoupage teacher and artist who obtained her certification from TO-DO Creative Art School, Italy in 2016.
As a young girl, Mira has always loved everything beautiful, but she has not been into art fully when her children were still very young. “Now that they are older, I tried and started to do some decorative painting myself”, she says. “It was later that I was introduced to decoupage, and I found I like it. I started with simple items, by doing projects for my own home.” Her friends who visited her were very impressed with her works and she started teaching them as a hobby and for leisure.
Since graduating from TO-DO Creative Art School, Italy, Mira has given a “Midas” touch to nearly everything in her home. Empty tin cans are turned into pen holders, paper boxes were upcycled into nice tissue holders and ceramic tiles have become coaster for dining table. Old furniture are upcycled and given a new lease of life, by decoupage.
Her works have been featured in leading prints such as Malaysian Business magazines, New Straits Times and Decoupage Artist Worldwide. Mira has been actively teaching and promoting Decoupage Art at her Studio, Mirabelle Decoupage Art & Craft located at Medan Putra Business Centre. Her students consists of children as young as 6 years old to teenagers and adults. Besides teaching students as hobbyists, Mira train students who aspire to be Decoupage teachers through her TO-DO International Decoupage teacher’s Course and TO-DO Creative Ideas Bambini Teacher’s Decoupage Programme.
She has been actively involved in charity programme to raise funds for organisation such as Helping Hand Penan, Buddhist Society and Orphange and was invited to conduct Decoupage workshops at various corporate event such as MIDF, Telekom Malaysia, YMCA, Teledirect, Desa Parkcity, Bangsar South …etc.
As a Certified Decoupage Teacher in teaching decoupage, Mira aspires to train more teachers and share the art to more people. “This is my passion. I have always loved art from young and decoupage has given me a lot of satisfaction”, she said.
Mira believes learning never stops. She travels around the world in search of fresh ideas and latest techniques to enhanced her decoupage skills.
In 2016, she went to TO-DO Creative Art School in Brescia, Italy to learn from the Italian master crafters. Having completed the Teacher’s Training Course in Decoupage, Colour Theory, Decoration and Upcycling, Mira was confered CERTIFIED DECOUPAGE TEACHER by TO-DO Creative Ideas. Mira is the first and ONLY Malaysian to be certified by TO-DO Creative Ideas. Upon returning home , Mira incorporate many of the TO-DO techniques in her works and teaching.
On the same trip to Italy, she met up with Ms. Monica Allegro, the founder and principal of Sospeso Trasparente, Italy . A cordial meet up and Ms. Monica was invited to Malaysia to share the Art . In April 2017, Sospeso Trasparente Workhop was conducted by Ms. Monica at Mirabelle Studio for Mira and a group of teachers. Mirabelle Decoupage was appointed Authorised distributor for Sospeso Trasparente material and teaching.
In December 2017, Mira travelled to Athens, Greece and acquired the skill of Decofoam Decoupage under the guidance of Ms. Foteini of Paco Art Centre and brought the art back to Malaysia to share with her fellow students and decouper lovers around. Impressed with the elegant, clean and neat style of Japanese Decoupage Art, Mira travelled to Tokyo, Japan to learn and completed the Japanese Decoupage Art and was awarded certificate by Japan Art Paper Association in March 2019.
At the invitation of Ms. Elena Kalafati, the founder and Principal of Decofoam Decoupage, Mira travelled to Athens again in December 2018. She completed some exciting techniques on Decofoam Decoupage with Ms. Elena herself. She also learnt some traditional decoupage with the President and fellow members from Decoupage Artists Worldwide. Mira has the chance to exchange decoupage knowledge with fellow decoupage artist in Europe. Mira also has a chance to learn mixed media from master crafter from Stamperia.
To share, teach and spread the beautiful art of decoupage to as many people, whether local of overseas regardless of age.
Mira’s Tag line
Decoupage – Creativity Beyond Imagination.