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About Holly Alderman, art director
A DECADE OF DIGITAL CHIC
Engaged in decorative arts installations in over twenty cities in six countries in over a decade, Holly Alderman became a producer of new editions of rare antique scenic wallpapers. Alderman has worked in digital conservation and renewal of Mediterranean views in French woodcut wallpaper from Paris, and also the Hamlens' Chinoiserie masterwork.
Alderman developed an informal creative network 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.
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.
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 studied history of art and architecture at Harvard College with Rudolph Arnheim, Paul Rotterdam and Mirko. She was a teaching assistant in Visual Studies 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 was a designer of historical walking tours, The Path of the Law from Beacon Hill to Faneuil Hall for the librarian at Suffolk University, and historical exhibitions that toured the Boston Public Library, New York Harvard Club and greater Boston. She was a feature profile writer for local newspapers, Belmont and Cambridge. Her family with three children lived in Harvard Square, Belmont ,and Dublin, New Hampshire.
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, several decorator show houses, covers of Publishers Weekly, Harvard Magazine and the 600+page best seller Woman's Almanac, 12 How to Handbooks in One.
Designers and decorators discover Holly Alderman on Instagram @aldermanarts and HollyAlderman.com and in searches for antique wallpaper on blogs and pinterest, twitter, art tours and design events.
Her daugher Sarah McLellan is executive director of Ensemble Studio Theater in New York and lives in Brooklyn, and Mary McLellan Malley is an algebra teacher in San Jose, CA.
Alderman's Views of Antiquity at the D&D Building in New York
Alderman Dufour wallpaper renewal above, at DDB, NYC, 2018; below, Alderman home, South Hadley, designed by Bissell Alderman FAIA, MIT modernist
Holly Alderman grew up in the Pioneer Valley near the Connecticut River among open fields, orchards and cow 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. Home above was built before she was born, in 1948.
Aldermans also lived in Jaffrey, New Hampshire at the Compton farm on the eastern slope of Mt. Monadnock and later at a summer retreat in an orchard on the high south ridge, built c1910 by William Emerson of Cambridge, now Holly Alderman Studio.
Devens Hamlen of Wayland, Massachusetts has preserved and renewed an extremely rare 19th century heirloom, hand painted chinoiserie garden wallpaper for new audiences, by innovative digital imaging for custom printing wall covering and fabrics.
Dev’s great grandfather, Nathaniel Perez Hamlin of Brookline, sailed at age 21 from Boston’s Long Wharf on the clipper ship Union to Calcutta in 1862. He sailed at 23 from San Francisco to Tokyo and trading ports in the Pacific, and brought back the wallpaper now available in bespoke editions.
Nathaniel Hamlin’s family moved to Mainstone Farm in Wayland, founded by an uncle in 1872 on a hill with views of Boston and Monadnock. The farm is well known for conservation of scenic vistas of ponds, pastures and woods. Dev grew up at Mainstone Farm and has continued the family tradition of land conservation by working with the Sudbury Valley Trustees to preserve over 200 acres in the heart of Wayland for public recreation in miles of walking and hiking trails with beautiful views.
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.
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 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.