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Walls in Bloom, Hamlen by Holly

SUNFLOWERS CAFE, JAFFREY -- While frosted maple branches bend and bow down under sparkly snow and evergreen wreaths circle the snowbound bandstand on the town common, across Main Street, indoors at Sunflowers, abundant gardens and flowering trees open up the dining rooms. Peach blossoms and climbing roses and plum blossoms rise into heavenly blue skies in a summer paradise, in wallpaper. The exhibit, Walls in Bloom continues through New Year’s Eve.

Since the earliest days of civilization, walls told stories. On exhibit for the first time, The Hamlen Collection presents exemplars of the finest antique wallpaper in the world, garden scenes hand painted in early 19th century China by gifted storyteller artists in Guangzhou (then Canton), recently renewed in fine art digital facsimiles for wide wallpaper and fabrics. The sublime digital medium transcends the antique masterwork message. In the hands of a great storyteller, an old story becomes new. 

Hamlen chinoiserie today compares stunningly to original walls hand painted on silk, commissioned by the Prince of Wales in 1784 and preserved in the Prince Regent Suite at Brockett Hall, a UK National Trust property north of London.

A closer glance reveals the gardens host a flamboyant menagerie, a pageant of high comedy staged on the paths between scholars rocks and shallow pools, performed by debonaire denizen in concurrent scenes amidst hundreds of blooms, with an aviary chorus of sophisticated tropical birds. On the ground, two mirthful ivory ducks joke and laugh, suave pheasants stroll and chat, droll mandarin ducks debate, egrets stretch and step around lotuses, and white bamboo leaves frame vignettes above.

Visitors may join the conversations for real time walkabouts in the highly decorative idealized world of auspicious symbols for harmony and happiness, good fortune and wealth, longevity, loyalty, peace, prosperity, humor, wisdom and serenity.

From the late 18th century through the mid 19th century, gifted ateliers painted chinoiserie wallpaper gardens and landscapes for export to England and North America, to be the epitome of glamour in royal palaces and grand estates, treasured today by descendants, designers, connoisseurs and museums.

Three years ago Dev Hamlen explored innovative potential to share his heirloom garden walls with new audiences and preserve the artists’ legacy in a new way to retain unique patina, to look very old yet be a model of sustainability. Hamlen's great grandfather Nathaniel Hamlin of Boston had sailed from Long Wharf, beginning at age 21, on voyages on the clipper ship Union to trading ports in India and the Far East where he bought the Chinese wallpaper for his family. Letters to Nat from his father, mother, and sister survive as poignant narratives, with selections, portraits and maps of ocean journeys in a notebook at the exhibit. They moved from Boston to Wayland in 1872 to build Mainstone Farm, long a dairy farm and today with a herd of grass fed belted Galloway beef cattle, a pen for pigs plus five acres growing vegetables for a farm stand beloved in the region. Nat’s wallpaper masterworks were fortunately safe from sunlight for over a hundred years, partly by being forgotten in a barn attic about 70 years, rediscovered and installed the dining room for enjoyment of generations and later removed by Dev for conservation and preservation in digital scans.

When Alderman began electronic imaging as a Fellow at the National Academy Museum Mural Fellowship in New York in 2004, her design center showroom became the Internet. She produces bespoke antique scenic wallpaper in new editions delivered to more than twenty cities in six countries, with designer inquiries from five continents, entirely online in collaboration with an informal guild of digital artisans: digital fine art photographers, color separation artists, fine art reproduction specialists, architects, interior designers, decorators, installers and digital wallpaper printers at Wallquest, one of the foremost manufacturers in the US and the world with exports to sixty countries. 

Alderman introduced antique French digital Dufour wallpaper online in 2008 and another French masterwork in 2012, with custom installations in London, Palm Beach, Lake Forest, Manhattan, Istanbul, Washington, Baltimore, Georgetown, Olympia, Houston, Las Vegas, Colorado Springs, Puerto Rico, Dublin, Paris, and shows in Bangkok and New York. Her decade of decorative digital chic continues with The Hamlen Collection customized in new locations in Darien, Palm Beach, Charleston (SC), Boston, Jaffrey and more. Her unofficial digital guild is newly named the Compton Guild. 

Special thanks go to Dev Hamlen for the imagination to reconsider lost art as antiques anew. For more information email aldermanholly@gmail.com, visit HollyAlderman.com and follow @aldermanarts.

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Walls in Bloom - earlier draft for amusement

Current Exhibition at Sunflowers, December 2018

JAFFREY NH — While frosted maple branches bend and bow down under sparkly snow, and evergreen wreaths circle the snowbound bandstand on the town common, across Main Street, indoors at Sunflowers Cafe, abundant gardens and flowering trees open up the dining rooms. Branches of peach blossoms, climbing roses and plum blossoms rise into heavenly blue skies in a winter paradise, in wallpaper. The art show Walls in Bloom: The Hamlen Collection by Holly Alderman continues through December.

On exhibit for the first time, The Hamlen Collection presents extremely rare exemplars of the finest antique wallpaper in the world, garden scenes hand painted in early 19th century China by gifted storyteller artists in Guangzhou (then Canton), recently renewed in fine art digital facsimiles for wide wallpaper and framed art and fabrics.

A closer glance reveals the gardens host a flamboyant menagerie, a pageant of high comedy, performed by debonaire garden denizen in concurrent scenes on paths between scholars rocks and shallow pools with an aviary chorus of sophisticated tropical birds amidst hundreds of blooms. On the ground, two mirthful ivory ducks joke and laugh, suave pheasants stroll and chat, droll mandarin ducks debate, egrets stretch and step around lotuses, and white bamboo leaves frame vignettes above. Visitors may join the conversations for real time walkabouts in the highly decorative idealized world of auspicious symbols for harmony and happiness, good fortune and wealth, longevity, loyalty, peace, prosperity, humor, wisdom and serenity.

Discover the dragonfly hovering in the blue by walking back and forth to look high and low around from angles near and far. Find a grasshopper smiling alert on a lotus pad. Watch a parrot unwind backwards over chrysanthemums, a kingfisher glide and squirrels scamper. A kiwi stares at a butterfly, birds dive-bomb, an acrobatic golden pheasant plays upside down by morning glories, slowly as if moving with the viewer, forever, in the wallpaper.

From the late 18th century through the mid 19th century, ateliers painted chinoiserie wallpaper gardens and landscapes for export to England and North America, to be the epitome of glamour in royal palaces and grand estates, treasured today by descendants, designers, connoisseurs and museums. This sublime wallpaper with blue background compares stunningly to original walls hand painted on silk, commissioned by the Prince of Wales in 1784 and preserved in the Prince Regent Suite at Brockett Hall, a UK National Trust property north of London.

Three years ago Dev Hamlen explored innovative potential to share his heirloom garden walls with new audiences and preserve the artists’ legacy in a new way to retain unique patina, to look very old yet be a model of sustainability. Hamlen's great grandfather Nathaniel Hamlin of Boston had sailed from Long Wharf, beginning at age 21, on voyages on the clipper ship Union to trading ports in India and the Far East where he bought the Chinese wallpaper for his family. Letters to Nat from his father, mother, and sister survive as poignant narratives, with selections, portraits and maps of ocean journeys in a notebook at the exhibit. They moved from Boston to Wayland in 1872 to build Mainstone Farm, first a dairy farm and today with a herd of grass fed belted Galloways, a pen for pigs plus five acres growing vegetables for a farm stand beloved in the region. Nat’s wallpaper masterworks were fortunately safe from sunlight for over a hundred years, partly by being forgotten in a barn attic about 70 years, rediscovered and installed the dining room for enjoyment of generations and later removed by Dev for conservation and preservation in digital scans.

Bespoke editions and framed art canvas are made in the United States by digital printers at Wallquest in Wayne, Pennsylvania, one of the foremost manufacturers in the US and the world with exports to sixty countries. Alderman began electronic imaging custom wall decor at the National Academy Museum Mural Fellowship in New York in 2004. She introduced antique French digital Dufour wallpaper in 2008 and another French masterwork in 2012, with custom installations in London, Palm Beach, Lake Forest, Manhattan, Istanbul, Washington, Baltimore, Georgetown, Olympia, Houston, Las Vegas, Colorado Springs, Paris, Puerto Rico, Dublin and Jaffrey and shows in Bangkok and New York.

Since the earliest days of civilization, walls told stories. In the hands of a great storyteller, an old story becomes new. Special thanks go to Dev Hamlen for the imagination to reconsider lost art as antiques anew and to Sunflowers for the art gallery at 21 Main Street in Jaffrey. For more information email aldermanholly@gmail.com or visit HollyAlderman.com.

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A Decade of Digital Chic: Print Innovations for Interior Design by Holly Alderman

Holly Alderman home in South Hadley MAIn the Pioneer Valley, Alderman home, designed by Bissell Alderman FAIA, 1948, South Hadley, Massachusetts

Working with a creative network or informal guild of digital artists and printers for discovery and collaboration on digital imaging and printing to develop innovations in interior design with fine art photographers, fine art digital printers, architects, interior designers, decorators, artists, conservators, paper hangers, hosts of exhibitions and design events

Engaged in decorative arts installations in over twenty cities in six countries in over a decade by Holly Alderman, producer of new editions of rare antique scenic wallpapers

Artist Holly Alderman grew up in the Pioneer Valley near the Connecticut River among open fields, apple orchards and pastures between Mount Tom (in the photo) and Mount Holyoke in South Hadley, Massachusetts. She was appointed an art department teaching assistant at age 16 by an art teacher from Paris and Moore College of Art. Photo is the Alderman home designed by Bissell Alderman FAIA in 1948.

Aldermans also lived in Jaffrey, New Hampshire at her mother's family farm on the eastern slope of Mount Monadnock and later a summer cottage in an orchard on the high south ridge, now Holly Alderman Studio.

She studied history of art and architecture at Harvard College with Rudolph Arnheim, Paul Rotterdam and Mirko and was a teaching assistant in Synergetics, the Structure of Ordered Space in Two and Three Dimensions in the Design Science Studio of Arthur Loeb, friend of Buckminster Fuller who wrote the last chapter of his tome, Synergetics. She organized a national conference at Corbusier's Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, CCVA. She became a designer of historical walking tours, The path of the Law from Beacon Hill to Faneiul Hall, and exhibitions that toured greater Boston and travelled to New York, and feature profile writer for local newspapers. Her family with three children lived in Harvard Square, Belmont and Dublin, New Hampshire.

A DECADE OF DIGITAL CHIC

At the National Academy Museum Mural Fellowship in New York, Alderman began to design scenic murals in transparent iconic photo blends of Central Park sculpture and views that became wallpaper, fabric and landscape art. She taught public mural design and decorative painting and had painted 40 murals in parks (with grants from arts councils of Massachusetts, Cambridge and Belmont), residences, offices and museums, and then crossed the digital divide from traditional techniques to layered digital imaging. Alderman has been a speaker about "digital innovations in interior design" at the D&D Building in New York and at the Boston Society of Architects annual conferences. 

She has worked for a decade in digital conservation and renewal of rare antique scenic wallpaper, first Mediterranean views in French woodcut wallpaper from Paris and recently developing the digital capture of the Hamlens' Chinoiserie masterwork.

ALDERMAN ORIGINALS

Alderman’s original art and decor have appeared in a retrospective of symmetry silkscreens at RISD in 2016, in parks, residences, offices and museums from southern California to Maine, on TOH, Dream House and Today, five Decorator Show Houses, covers of Publishers Weekly, Harvard Magazine and the 600+page best seller Woman's Almanac, 12 How to Handbooks in One. 

DISCOVER HOLLY ALDERMAN

Alderman's clients include interior designers, owners, builders and architects located in Paris, London, Istanbul, Bangkok, Santa Monica, Olympia, Houston, Lake Forest, Manhattan, Georgetown, Charleston SC, Cambridge, Belmont, Marlborough, Dublin, Peterborough, Jaffrey and more. Designers and decorators discover Holly Alderman on Instagram @aldermanarts and HollyAlderman.com and in searches for antique wallpaper on blogs and social media, aldemanarts.typepad, pinterest, twitter, art tours and design events. 

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Alderman's Views of Antiquity at the D&D Building in New York

Holly Alderman Scenic Wallpaper at Bermingham & Co., NYC, Dufour Antiques Anew

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